Project Term: 24 months; 2017-2019
Grant Amount: $60,000
This project will develop and implement an alternative model for out of school suspensions based on a trauma-informed and restorative approach. The approach focuses on constructive, supportive ways to address discipline, with the goal of limiting the transfer and over-representation of youth with school-based non-violent offenses and behavioral health needs in the juvenile justice system. Funding will create an integrated and replicable pilot model for improving behavioral and educational outcomes for at-risk youth and intervene at the early stages of criminal justice involvement. The project will focus on alternative supports for suspended students and will collaborate with local probation, school counselors, and staff to ensure that students and their families receive community resources and support for successful school reintegration.