Sometimes we can overthink prevention. Believe it or not, simply making connections with others can make a huge difference in a school or community.
The Seattle Social Development Project instructedteachers
and shake hands with five students NOT in their classroom each day. They were
also directed to give out “caught you being good” tickets every day.
At 10 year follow-up, students who
participated in this simple
rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug initiation
rates of aggression
on achievement tests
significantly less likely to have engaged in school misbehavior (i.e.,
cheating, truancy, or being removed from class for misbehavior)
Following are links to useful information regarding resiliency and ACE's
Okanogan County Community Coalition works with local systems, state agencies, and federal partners to create an environment that prevents childhood trauma and fosters resiliency in the Omak population. Some programs include:
Free Family-Friendly activities in the community
Supporting Omak High School Link Crew and Key Club
Participation in Omak Community Truancy Board
Participation in Okanogan County Youth Suicide Prevention
Training and evaluation of PAX Good Behavior Game
...and holding the door open and shaking hands with people in our community.