Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $148,084)
The program seeks to improve parenting skills and improve relationships with peers, parents and teachers to reduce at-risk behavior and the problematic relationships between these parties. The YES program incorporates a four-pronged approach: 1) 60 disadvantaged youth, ages seven to eighteen, will spend four weeks in summer camp to improve mentor and peer relationships; 2) 20 youth, ages seven to eighteen, will meet with mentors for ten months; 3) Staff-training for schools which focuses on improving relationships, enhancing skills while maintaining appropriate teacher-student boundaries. This includes ongoing, on-site support to administration and staff, assisting with special needs which the children present. Results are measured using industry tools which assess active interventions by teachers; and 4) The program will serve 300 parents with six parenting lectures from credentialed and culturally competent experts. Attendees will be surveyed pre- and post-lecture. All children will be pre-assessed for at-risk behavior. The efficacy of their relationships will be measured using industry-standard tools with additional post-assessment during the 2006-2007 school year.