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Safe Passages   & ELEV8   Oakland, CA    2012-2013
Mission Statement  The mission of Safe Passages is to advocate for children,  youth, and families with a special emphasis ...
Where We Work:  We work with the most disadvantaged communities  where high percentage of children live in poverty, in  ne...
What We Do:  In an effort to intervene early and at the most  susceptible stages in a child’s life, Safe Passages has  dev...
Middle School StrategyGoals and ComponentsGOALS• Improve School Climate and  reduce the number of suspensionsSEVEN COMPONE...
Successes and ReplicationMS strategy resulted in: 72% decrease in suspensions due to violence Over 5,200 students and fa...
Elev8 Initiative    Elev8 brings together schools, families and the community in underserved    neighborhoods to ensure th...
PROGRAMATICSTRATEGY:Student Identification• AmeriCorps Members will join COST• COST identifies High Need students who will...
Coordinated Services Team (COST)                                Site                             Coordinator              ...
PROGRAMATIC STRATEGY:        Year-round Case Management and Support• 3 F/T AmeriCorps Members at each  site• Work directly...
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  • Components of the Middle School Strategy The Middle School Strategy is designed to assist youth and their families through seven components: 1) coordination of services, 2) case management, 3) mental health services, 4) a violence prevention curriculum, 5) parental engagement, 6) alternatives to suspension and 7) after-school activities. Violence Prevention Curriculum – Second Step Second Step is a nationally renowned violence prevention program that teaches social skills including empathy, impulse control, non-violent problem-solving, and anger management. Students learn early to control their impulses and negotiate their way through conflicts. Coordination of Services The site-based services coordinator is part of a four-person team at Safe Passages schools. His/her role is to negotiate appropriate services for the diverse middle school student population. These professionals understand the experiences, and needs of each student and work with the school staff and families to bring quality programs to the schools such as sports, arts, music, and social clubs, making schools an attractive place for both students and families. Case Manager Safe Passages schools have a dedicated on-site case manager who develops individualized plans to fit the unique needs of students in trouble. Along with a student’s family and other school staff, the case manager helps provide students and their families with services such as tutoring, mental health counseling, mentoring, referrals to school conflict management teams, or after-school activities on campus. Mental Health Counseling Clinicians work with school staff and families to bring intensive mental health support to children seeking services. Each middle school houses a dedicated mental health professional. Students may be referred by teachers, school staff, or their families, and may even seek out services themselves if they feel the need. These services are available to students without them having to be placed in “special ed”, a cost saving policy shift for the school district. Parental Engagement Parents are partners in the education of their children. Meaningful relationships are fostered with families by encouraging participation in programs and activities that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Home visits are conducted for the hardest to reach families. Alternatives to Suspension At Safe Passages schools, school staff, families, and students work together to develop creative and effective alternatives to suspensions such as on-campus suspension or community service during non-school hours. After-School Activities One of the key tasks of the Safe Passages on-site coordinator is to ensure availability and coordination of key after-school programs such as tutoring, mentoring, and sports. The full model entails all seven components; we do not measure outcomes based on just one component being implemented; it is a multilprong approach that is proven effective.
  • Components of the Middle School Strategy The Middle School Strategy is designed to assist youth and their families through seven components: 1) coordination of services, 2) case management, 3) mental health services, 4) a violence prevention curriculum, 5) parental engagement, 6) alternatives to suspension and 7) after-school activities. Violence Prevention Curriculum – Second Step Second Step is a nationally renowned violence prevention program that teaches social skills including empathy, impulse control, non-violent problem-solving, and anger management. Students learn early to control their impulses and negotiate their way through conflicts. Coordination of Services The site-based services coordinator is part of a four-person team at Safe Passages schools. His/her role is to negotiate appropriate services for the diverse middle school student population. These professionals understand the experiences, and needs of each student and work with the school staff and families to bring quality programs to the schools such as sports, arts, music, and social clubs, making schools an attractive place for both students and families. Case Manager Safe Passages schools have a dedicated on-site case manager who develops individualized plans to fit the unique needs of students in trouble. Along with a student’s family and other school staff, the case manager helps provide students and their families with services such as tutoring, mental health counseling, mentoring, referrals to school conflict management teams, or after-school activities on campus. Mental Health Counseling Clinicians work with school staff and families to bring intensive mental health support to children seeking services. Each middle school houses a dedicated mental health professional. Students may be referred by teachers, school staff, or their families, and may even seek out services themselves if they feel the need. These services are available to students without them having to be placed in “special ed”, a cost saving policy shift for the school district. Parental Engagement Parents are partners in the education of their children. Meaningful relationships are fostered with families by encouraging participation in programs and activities that are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Home visits are conducted for the hardest to reach families. Alternatives to Suspension At Safe Passages schools, school staff, families, and students work together to develop creative and effective alternatives to suspensions such as on-campus suspension or community service during non-school hours. After-School Activities One of the key tasks of the Safe Passages on-site coordinator is to ensure availability and coordination of key after-school programs such as tutoring, mentoring, and sports. The full model entails all seven components; we do not measure outcomes based on just one component being implemented; it is a multilprong approach that is proven effective.
  • 1) Identifying and Providing Services to High Need Students and Families One of the key elements of the Transitions Program is the Coordination of Services Team (COST) that meets regularly at the school to discuss student referrals. The team consists of the Safe Passages Site Coordinator, who convenes the COST, a mental health therapist, a clinical case manager, a site administrator, the After School Coordinator and teachers. School staff and community members are trained to use the Safe Passages referral system to identify students that are in need of support for a variety of reasons. This gathering of school professionals and care-givers provides a forum for discussion of student referrals, and an opportunity for collaboration, decision-making, and action regarding appropriate support and/or interventions. The Transitions Case Managers will join the COST team and collaboratively identify 25 5th/6th graders and 25 8th/9th graders to target for Transitions Programming each academic year. Participation on the COST will also allow the TCMs the opportunity to refer and advocate for additional mental health, case management, academic and after school services. Safe Passages will serve as the content expert in this key activity due to the long-standing COST implementation expertise. Students will be identified for the Transitions Program as high need or highest need using the following formula: a High Need Student is defined as having 2 or more of the following during the previous year: 2 or more suspension incidences, an expulsion hearing, 5 or more unexcused absences, scored Far below or Below basic in Math, or Far Below or Below Basic in English Language Arts. A Highest Need Student is defined as having 2 or more of the following during the same time period: 2 or more suspensions incidences, an expulsion hearing, 10 or more unexcused absences, scored Far Below Basic in Math or Far Below Basic in English Language Arts. Student demographics will represent a range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, languages and other characteristics. A list of 50 high need and highest need students will be compiled, and these students will be targeted for Transitions Programming.
  • 2) Year-round Transitions Case Management and Support Transitions Case Managers: two part-time Transitions Case Managers (TCMs) will be placed on each site to work directly with 50 students and families in transition from 5th or 8th grade, with support from the Site Coordinator and supervision from the Transitions Senior Policy Associate. From the referrals generated by the COST, the TCMs will create individualized, collaborative action plans via the Student Success Team process for each student and will report regularly to the COST team on the progress of the interventions, upcoming events and services, and support needs.
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    1. 1. Safe Passages & ELEV8 Oakland, CA 2012-2013
    2. 2. Mission Statement The mission of Safe Passages is to advocate for children, youth, and families with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations. Safe Passages envisions a community where all young people have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Safe Passages is based on the premises that access to educational opportunity, health services, and family support should not be dictated by race or socio- economic status, and that healthy and supported young people are better prepared to learn and succeed.
    3. 3. Where We Work: We work with the most disadvantaged communities where high percentage of children live in poverty, in neighborhoods with the highest levels of health disparities including the highest rates of hospitalization for asthma, teen birth rates, and hospitalization for assaults among youth; where schools have Free and Reduced Priced Lunch rates of 75% or higher; where students score far below academic tests and have high rates of school suspension, drop-outs and truancy.
    4. 4. What We Do: In an effort to intervene early and at the most susceptible stages in a child’s life, Safe Passages has developed strategies that span the age continuum of children and youth: Early Childhood Initiative School Linked Services Career Development
    5. 5. Middle School StrategyGoals and ComponentsGOALS• Improve School Climate and reduce the number of suspensionsSEVEN COMPONENT MODEL:1) Violence prevention curriculum,2) Site-based service coordination,3) Case management,4) School-based mental health counseling,5) Parental engagement,6) Alternatives to suspension,7) After-school programs.
    6. 6. Successes and ReplicationMS strategy resulted in: 72% decrease in suspensions due to violence Over 5,200 students and families are currently served The Elev8 Initiative to Oakland-  $14 million dollar investment from Atlantic Philanthropies  Additional health, family engagement and extended day services to 5 current Safe Passages Middle Schools.
    7. 7. Elev8 Initiative Elev8 brings together schools, families and the community in underserved neighborhoods to ensure that students succeed in school and in life. We are building communities that value and support the success of youth from birth to young adulthood. Recognizing that strong schools are key to such communities, Elev8:• Extends learning opportunities for students beyond the classroom and traditional school year;• Provides high-quality school-based health services to children and their families;• Encourages parents to be actively involved in their children’s education; and• Offers family supports and resources on school campuses designed to promote economic stability, good health and continuing education.
    8. 8. PROGRAMATICSTRATEGY:Student Identification• AmeriCorps Members will join COST• COST identifies High Need students who will benefit from academic and social-emotional interventions• High Need and Highest needs students defined based on disciplinary referrals, attendance/truancy, academic need.• Student demographics represent a range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, languages and other characteristics.
    9. 9. Coordinated Services Team (COST) Site Coordinator Clinical Case Manager DHP Case (Our Kids) Manager Therapist Referrals (Our Kids AmeriCorps Agencies) Members AB825 Outreach Conflict Consultant Res. 2nd Step Coach Teacher Coord.
    10. 10. PROGRAMATIC STRATEGY: Year-round Case Management and Support• 3 F/T AmeriCorps Members at each site• Work directly with 30 students and families/caretakers• Support from Site Coordinator• Supervision from the AmeriCorps Director and SP Coaching Team• Referrals from COST• Members will create individualized, collaborative action plans via SST process
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