The purpose of this project is to advance the replication nationwide of an innovative program that proved successful as a pilot effort to establish the elementary schools as genuinely nurturing communities that yield measurable health improvement. The concepts and practices embodied in the intervention lead to students' attachment to the school as a helping institution and to authentic concern for the welfare of all of its members. Eighteen years of experimentation with the intervention have produced clear evidence that schools creating these prosocial norms produce beneficial outcomes for children's health. Outcomes included: (1) reductions in the use of alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana; (2) less involvement in violent and delinquent behavior (e.g., carrying a weapon, fighting, truancy); and (3) higher aspirations for achievement. This grant supports a two-stage strategy to replicate this program in 190 schools across the country in the next five years. Stage I will concentrate on the four program components that are fundamental to the introduction of the concept. Stage II will enable successful schools to proceed with the full-scale program--four additional components calling for major changes in curricula (reading and math) and in classroom practices.
Amount Awarded $2,799,600.00
Awarded on: 1/27/2000
Time frame: 2/1/2000 - 1/31/2005
Grant Number: 26415