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1 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 1 Leona L. Eggert and Liela J. Nicholas, Developers A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills Youth Funded by the National Institutes of Health: NIDA, NIMH and the Dept. of Education, Safe & Drug Free Schools Leona L. Eggert and Liela J. Nicholas, Developers A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills

2 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 2 Three Types of Prevention Programs: Selective Serve High Risk Groups Indicated Target: High-Risk Individuals Universal Serve Everyone in Population Indicated Serve High Risk Individuals Low RiskHigh Risk Potential high school dropouts are a known group of high-risk youth Indicated What is Indicated Prevention?

3 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 3 Indicated RY is an Indicated prevention program for high risk students,high risk students, who evidence risk factors in four critical areas: School Peers Personal Family What is RY?

4 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 4 School Peers Personal Family RY Program Strategies RY prevention program strategies address the risk factors in each of the four key areas:

5 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 5 1. Setting norms for: attendance, achievement, drug use at school and mood management achievement, drug use at school and mood management 2. Establishing an adult and peer network of support for all 3. Fostering school bonding and engagement in school activities engagement in school activities School System Strategies

6 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 6 Personal Strategies 1. Skills Training – setting goals, decision making – giving and receiving feedback – interpersonal skills 2. Self-monitoring – school attendance, grades – moods and drug use 3. School Engagement – safe and drug-free social activities – engaging in school activities

7 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 7 Peer Group Strategies 1. Norm setting in RY class to commit to the program goals 2.A positive peer group; giving each other support and help 3. Group belonging in RY class

8 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 8 Family Strategies 1. Getting active parental consent for students enrollment in RY class 2. Parent support of RY goals 3. Enhancing RY teacher/ parent communication 4. Sending home positive messages about RY student

9 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 9 RY Program Goals 1.Increase school performance 2.Decrease drug involvement 3.Decrease suicide risk behaviors

10 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA Meets daily – or on a block schedule for a full semesterfor a full semester as part of the high school curriculumas part of the high school curriculum is taken for credit and gradedis taken for credit and graded 2. Taught by an RY Co. trained teacher who excels in working with high-risk youth 3. Is limited to a 10 – 12 student class size 4. Focuses on skills training within the context of adult and peer support The RY Class

11 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 11 RY Curriculum Units 1. Getting Started First 10 Days 2. Self-Esteem Enhancement 3. Decision Making 4. Personal Control 5. Interpersonal Communication

12 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 12 RY Students A search of the schools roster using the researched criteria below will create a list of at risk students. Find students who: are behind in credits for grade level & are in the top 25th %-ile for absences & have a GPA < 2.3 or a precipitous drop in grades, OR... have a prior dropout status, or are referred by school personnel & meet 1 or more of the first three criteria

13 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 13 RY Components & Outcomes Increased Personal Competencies and Increased Social Support Resources RY Teacher Support RY Leader Support Peer Group Support RY Skills Training Monitoring School Bonding & Healthy Social Activities Increased School Performance Decreased Drug Involvement Decreased Suicide Risk Behaviors Program Components Mediators Outcomes

14 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 14 Program Goal 1: To Increase School Performance OUTCOMES 18% in GPA in all classes (6% for controls) 7.5% in number of credits earned (24% for controls) Absences curbed (increased for controls) 14% lower dropout rate vs. controls RY Leader support influenced increases, whereas peer group support had no effect Demonstrated results for RY include:

15 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 15 Program Goal 2: To Decrease Drug Involvement OUTCOMES 7% in drug involvement (14% for controls) 50% in hard drug use (45% for controls) 48% in drug use control problems & neg. consequences (3% for controls) Curbed progression of alcohol & other drug use RY Leader support influenced decreased drug involvement Demonstrated results for RY include:

16 RY TM Inc. Redmond, WA 16 Program Goal 3: To Decrease Suicide Risk Behaviors Demonstrated results for RY include: OUTCOMES 80% suicidal behaviors (80% for control group who got same crisis help/support) 75% in depression & hopelessness (24% for controls) 48% in anger control problems (3% for controls) 38% perceived stress (10% for controls) RY Leader & peer group support influenced the above decreases by enhancing the youths sense of personal control

17 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 17 The SPRC named RY a promising program for preventing youth suicidal behaviors and many related risks. SAMHSA awarded RY Model Program status for drug abuse prevention. The SPRC named RY a promising program for preventing youth suicidal behaviors and many related risks. DOE, the White House, NIDA, NIMH, Prevention Strategies and others have recognized RY as one of the U.S.s top 10 research-based prevention efforts with proven success. Reconnecting Youth is an award-winning, program with proven efficacy in helping high- risk youth achieve in school and decrease drug use, anger, depression & suicidal behaviors.

18 RY TM Inc, Redmond, WA 18 Together we can make a difference by reconnecting youth


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