To keep kids in school by reducing barriers to learning while supporting social and emotional well-being.
~Safe Schools Mohawk Valley
Safe Schools Mohawk Valley
106 Memorial Parkway
Utica, NY 13501
p: (315) 792-2205
f:  (315) 792-3636

 

Aggression Reduction

This program promotes self-management skills and teaches students to develop motivation for change and self-empowerment. Results have shown these positive relationships with peers, teachers and parents improve self esteem and academic success.

 

Bully Prevention

Level 1: School Wide Awareness Projects/Education

  • Teaches tolerance and bully prevention
  • Focuses on Proactive/pro-social activities specific to respect and school community connectedness
  • Provides ongoing whole school activities (at lunch & assemblies)

Level 2: Targeted Small Group Activities

  • Perpetrators/Offenders – after/before school groups begin with Anger Management, move to Connections group, and then graduate to Reconnections group
  • Victim – empowerment group offered after school, before school or during lunch
  • Parent/school liaison – could be included for both bully and victim

 

Check and Connect

Research shows that failing students have said they didn’t feel anyone took an interest in them at school. Check and Connect is a mentoring program where at risk students are assigned an adult to connect with on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to go to that person with issues and problems that may be barriers to their education. The program is also used to help returning students from alternative educational environments make a seamless transition back into a regular education. This is an informal and individualized program that can include a variety of interactions such as:

  • Greeting a student each morning
  • Helping with organization skills
  • Checking to see if assignments are completed
  • Helping with accessing school activities and services
  • Getting papers from home signed
  • Checking attendance, academic progress, and discipline referrals

 

Crisis Intervention Support

Provides de-escalation techniques that are used at various stages during a crisis. De-escalation techniques include behavior modifications, as well as physical safety interventions. All School Coordinators are certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University.

 

Grief and Loss Support

Children need a voice for their grief and opportunities to express themselves in healthy ways. Grief and loss can come in many packages, being death of a person or animal, divorce, someone moving away, or any circumstances, which causes sadness to interfere with normal daily activities.

 

School Coordinators are trained by HOSPICE and St. Elizabeth’s Medial Center to be a supportive listener, provide the opportunity to give the student a voice to heal their grief in a healthy or creative way, share memories and feelings, and to provide a comforting presence/space. School Coordinators are available within the district or at specific buildings and are made available to support the staff, students and families affected by tragedy or loss at anytime.

 

Individual Student Support

School Coordinators work with school staff to support and/or create student behavior plans and identify and addresses students’ problems or issues to reduce barriers to learning. Short-term individual support includes:

  • Mentoring
  • Homework assistance
  • Mediation
  • Assessments, as needed
  • Intervention support to students in crisis
  • Bully prevention/intervention
  • Homeless assistance and support
  • Referrals to school or community based programs
  • Identifying barriers to learning
  • Internet Safety

 

Mediation

School Coordinators have been trained as facilitators through Peaceful Resolution For Living, Inc., out of Marcellus, N.Y. to do student mediation and trained in the National model program Peers Making Peace by Pax United in Houston, TX. This is a voluntary conflict resolution process. Mediation provides a controlled secure atmosphere and permits each person to tell his or her story. It empowers the disputants to settle their own problem instead of having someone else settle it for them. Mediation programs encourage students to make self-referrals and seek resolutions before a conflict escalates to a disciplinary incident. Mediation programs promote and support the development of a peaceful school environment. (2004 Peaceful Resolution for Living, Inc). The mediation is conducted by our adult trained staff for students in conflict.

 

Mentoring

School Coordinators train school-aged youth to develop connections between older students, who have adjusted to school and its daily structure, and younger students, who look to older students for guidance. Through this program, responsible older students model positive behaviors and character traits to guide younger students to make smart choices. School Coordinators help develop a mentoring program through community-based programs and other avenues of ongoing community relations.

 

Pro Social Skills Groups

This program uses evidence- and research-based programs, groups focus on improving and obtaining social skills through shared discussion, games, role-playing, journal writing and recreational activities. A variety of skills are taught and reinforced, including:

  • Active listening
  • What to do when you are angry
  • Being a team player
  • How to be fair
  • How to get along with others
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Effective communication
  • Empathy, honesty, and respect
  • Leadership and responsibility

The skills learned offer alternatives to violence or negative behavior and promote positive problem solving and choices.

 

Transition Program

Students with organizational skills are more productive. School Coordinators work with students to organize lockers and set their priorities for the school day. School Coordinators offer an after school class that teaches simple strategies for being organized in order to help students reduce stress, meet their daily obligations, and continue to do other things they love to do on a daily basis. The program also provides group and individual support helping to instill confidence, prepare students who are moving up, and offers transition techniques including making friends, asking for help, and feeling safe.


 

For more information on how these can be customized to meet your needs, CONTACT: Jeremy Butler, jbutler@uticaschools.org or 315-735-1345 x2221