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NCHS awards grants to 2 local schools

Times staff - news@ftimes.com

Two county schools were named recipients of three-year Resilient Youth Initiative implementation grants awarded from North Central Health Services.

The Crossing was awarded a $99,177 grant, and Clinton Central received an $89,702 grant. The Resilient Youth Initiative was designed by the NCHS to assist schools in developing youth resiliency through evidence-based social-emotional competency, drug resistance, and mental well-being curriculum.

According to press released sent by NCHS on Tuesday, the Resilient Youth Initiative has been informed by community health conversations conducted throughout the NCHS service area in 2019, at which school administrators shared their concerns about the mental health and well-being of their students. These needs were then confirmed by the NCHS & River Bend Hospital 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Both The Crossing and Clinton Central received Resilient Youth Initiative planning grants and technical assistance to identify student needs and match those needs to the evidence-based program that fits their school culture, goals and schedules.

The implementation grants will fun the training, coordination and materials needed to implement the program. NCHS will also fund one-on-one grantee coaching from field experts, custom implementation training and evaluation by an independent research partner to explore the overall impact on schools and students.

“We recognize this initiative is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to developing youth resiliency,” said Stephanie Long, CEO and president of NCHS. “But when implemented well, evidence-based social-emotional learning and substance use prevention programs can substantially improve students’ self-management and social skills and lower substance use. We appreciate the schools’ willingness to partner with us to explore the potential of these program to improve the health and well-being of the youth in our community.”

The NCHS has invested over $6 million in the Resilient Youth Initiative in direct funding and support for schools in its eight-county service area. The grants will support schools in seven counties launching evidence-based youth resiliency programs, reaching an anticipated 33,000 K-12 students by the 2021-22 school year. The organization’s mission is to provide and promote health care for the benefit of the citizens of Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. Since 1999, the NCHS has awarded over $65 million in grant funding to more than 200 organizations.