|Reconnecting Youth Program Structure|
|1. The RY curriculum:|
There are 75 lessons in the RY curriculum. It is typically offered as a semester-long, for-credit class by a teacher/facilitator who works well with youth at risk and who is trained to implement the RY program.
|2. Social and School Bonding Activities:|
|An important component of the RY Program is increasing RY student involvement in healthy social activities and engaging them in activities that increase bonding to their school. The curriculum describes a variety of ways this can be done.|
|3. School Crisis Response Plan:|
|A School Crisis Response Plan is the third component of the RY Program. Such a plan is necessary because many at-risk youth experience depression and suicide-risk behaviors. The RY School Crisis Response Plan prepares school staff members 1) to identify and respond to students who are suicidal and 2) to respond, if necessary, with post-suicide intervention strategies.|
RY also incorporates several social support mechanisms for participating youth:
An RY Class is made up of 10 – 12 students who are INVITED to participate and who meet the following criteria:
RY is an evidenced-based program:
When tested with potential high school dropouts, RY had significant effects:
See Research for more details.
RY is also aligned with PBIS - Click here to learn more!
RY is also aligned with MTSS (Multi-Tier Systems & Supports): Click here to learn more!
MTSS is a coherent continuum of evidence-based, system-wide practices to support a rapid response to student needs, with frequent data-based monitoring to inform decision- making and empower each student to achieve their potential.