Overview of WSCI Current and Ongoing Community Programs
Substance Abuse Prevention
Violence Prevention Meditation
STRESS MANAGEMENT/MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERVICES
Pre-School Stress Relief Project â€“ 1987 to present
Pre-School Stress Relief Projectâ€™s (PSSRP) is an early childhood education program for children ages pre-K through grade 2. The goal of PSSRP is to enable teachers to instruct preschoolers in developing positive coping skills for stress reduction and violence prevention at an early age. The program provides training and educational materials to child care providers, primary school teachers and parents. The program originally targeted Head Start Centers. The program was originally SAMHSA funded. The program currently provides contractual services. Results include reduction in symptomatic stress signs for children 80% and increased coping skills for teachers and parents by 85%.
Project Stress Control â€“ 1984 to present
Project Stress Control is a primary prevention program that teaches coping skills for reducing stress in students, parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals. The success of Project Stress Control can be attributed to the fact that it provides training for all individuals involved in a childâ€™s education. The parent, teacher, administrator and student are taught stress control techniques in workshops and classes and through consultation and the use of resource information provided by the project program coordinator. Training for parents, teachers and administrators in stress control techniques include: stress management for teachers, identification of stress in students, classroom techniques for stress reduction, stress control techniques for students, stress-free teaching styles, and stress control curriculum and resources. This program was originally funded in 1984 and governed by a community coalition. It currently provides services on contractual basis. Project Stress Control was WSCIâ€™s first program. Results included reduction in suspension rates by 40%, increased coping skills by 60%, and increased academic performance by 30%. Community Impact: Increased awareness in stress management and coping skills.
Wellness Program â€“ 1984 to present
The wellness program provides services and trainings in a variety of wellness areas including stress management, meditation, yoga, tai-chi, qi-gong (chee-gong) exercises, nutritional classes on raw food and juicing, massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, acupressure, full body massage, and energy transmission and healing, etc. Community exercise classes are offered weekly through this program. Outcome: Increased stress management skills, nutrition education and exercise practices.
Childhood Acute Mental Health Practices (CAMP) Project â€“ 2013 to present
The Childhood Acute Mental Health Practices (CAMP) is a collaborative between five partners from three sectors â€“ early childhood education, mental health service providers and K-3 public school education. The program is designed to improve access to comprehensive mental health services for low income children from preschool through third grade. The goal of the CAMP Program is to provide administrators, teachers, and parents with mental health education services to enable them to identify early young children exhibiting behavioral and mental health needs and have partners provide treatment services to them.
SOAR into Wellness Senior Program â€“ 2014 to present
The Diabetes AA and WSCI are collaborating to provide a minimum of 150 senior women with diabetes prevention and management education and wellness classes to increase healthy lifestyle behaviors through the SOAR into Wellness Program (SOAR). The goal of SOAR is educating women on how to: 1) reduce their risk factors for developing diabetes, 2) increase diabetes management skills for diabetic women and 3) increase healthy lifestyle and behaviors to enjoy optimal health during their senior years. The program will target a minimum of 150 multi-ethnic senior women (African Americans, Caucasian, and Latinos) from three counties (Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb) in Metropolitan Atlanta. The program components will address the following specific needs of the senior women: nutrition/dietary needs, diabetes prevention and management, slow moving exercises, tai-chi/gong, and stress management (including meditation, acupressure and massage). Results show increased knowledge in stress management skills, nutrition and increased exercise practices.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
Violence Prevention Training â€“ 1994 to present
Violence Prevention Training â€“ 1994 to present Violence Prevention program teaches students, teachers and adults stress management, conflict resolution, meditation, communication skills and peacemaking concepts in an effort to reduce violence. This program services schools, community agencies, targeted groups and individuals. Services are contracted.
Anger Management/Structuring Self-Management â€“ 2003 to present
Monthly classes are designed for adults challenged by personal and/or professional pressures, self-control, parenting and problem solving. This five hour course covers topics in Stress and Anger Management and Conflict Resolution. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. This class is offered the 3rd Saturday of every month. Participants are mandated to attend by court referrals.
Peace Project (School-Based) â€“ 1994 to present
Peace Project is an in-school suspension program held at a middle school for youth who are suspended for violent behaviors. The program is in its 18th year of operation and originally was governed by a community coalition. The project provides training and services in conflict resolution, peer mediation, stress management and peace education. Training is also provided for school personnel and parents. The project provides students with an alternative to suspension through mandatory participation in the Peace Education Training Program. The program is funded by United Way and Fulton County. The program serves 250 youth, 50 parents and 50 teachers annually. Results: 25% reduction in suspension rates, 50% increase in coping skills including stress management, communication and conflict resolution. The Peace Program has a replication manual. Community Impact: Increased violence prevention awareness and parent participation.
SIMBA Program â€“ 1991 to present
The SIMBA Program offers incarcerated youth and community juveniles involved in the Georgia Juvenile Justice System, ages 9-17. Classes in gang prevention, stress management, violence prevention, mental health, gender specific, character education, vocational development, African-American history, HIV/AIDS, health and creative arts. This program is 20 years old and is currently funded through contract services with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Fulton Dekalb Hospital Authority. It was governed by a community coalition for five years. Educational materials provided through this program include a replication manual and a coalition development manual. Five year results include: 70% increase in coping skills, 30% decrease in violence. Community Impact: Increased awareness of the needs for juvenile delinquency prevention programs. Currently services are contracted from GJJP.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND HIV/AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAM
SAPT Teen Program â€“ 1998 to present
The Substance Abuse Prevention Teen Theater (SAPT) is a substance abuse prevention program for teens, ages 13-18, who reside in the McDaniel/Mechanicsville community of Atlanta, GA. The SAPT program provides teens with prevention training on: Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS/STD, abstinence, violence prevention, stress/anger management, teen pregnancy, wellness, and nutrition. Teens are trained to write skits/plays and perform theatrical/dramatic presentations on prevention topics for their peers at community sites in Metropolitan Atlanta. The program is 15 years old and originally operated under a 15 member community coalition for five years. SAPT reaches over 500 youth annually. Outcomes include: Increased in substance abuse awareness by 75% and increased in HIV/AIDS education by 80%. Final projects: videos, PSA, poetry books. Community Impact: Increased prevention awareness and community participation.
Health Enlightenment, Awareness and Living (HEAL I & II) Project â€“ 2005 to 2016
The Health, Enlightenment, Awareness and Living (HEAL) Projectâ€™s goal is to build community service capacity to prevent and reduce the onset of substance abuse, HIV and Hepatitis among community, re-entry men and women and juvenile populations annually in Metropolitan Atlanta who are disproportionately affected by these health issues. Services offered include: HIV and substance abuse prevention classes, substance abuse treatment referral, HIV referrals for testing and treatment services, case management, vocational development, stress management, support groups, peer education and outreach, nutrition and exercise. This project is SAMHSA funded (2010) and governed by a community coalition. Project results: Decreased substance use by 30%, increased condom usage by 25%, and increased HIV and HEP knowledge by 57% and provide HIV street outreach education to 1,000 people a month. Community Impact: Increased substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention awareness. Currently providing reduced HIV prevention and outreach services.
S.T.O.P. Underage Drinking Program â€“ 2012 to present
The S.T.O.P. Underage Drinking Program is designed to create community level change regarding underage drinking for African-American youth, ages 11-19 in the Southwest Atlanta communities. It also works to strengthen and enhance collaboration and cooperation among parents, community leaders, community organizations in zip codes of 30311, 30318 and local, state and federal governments. This program is governed by a 10 member coalition and was funded by SAMHSA in 2012. Project STOP hosted a town hall community forum held in May 2013 which impacted 75 community members. Evaluation results showed increase awareness of the affects of underage drinking.
Color It Real II/CHAT Program â€“ 2011 to 2015
The Color It Real II Program/CHAT Program is an HIV/AIDS education program for youth aimed at improving outcomes for 360 high-risk African-American males and females, ages 13-19, in group homes, alternative schools and juvenile detention centers in the Atlanta Metro area through education classes and social media. The program provides HIV education and testing, counseling and linkages for care, peer-to-peer education and leadership training, and community outreach services. OMH funded in 2012. Evaluation results showed a 94% increase in HIV knowledge and 17% increase in condom use, 25% increase in perceived risk of HIV transmission, 5% increase in refusal skills, 2,000+ youth reached via social media campaigns and provided HIV testing and counseling to 401 youth. CHAT is overseen by a community advisory group. Community Impact: Increased awareness for HIV prevention and testing.
College and Community Health Education (CACHE) Program â€“ 2013 to present
The goal of this collaboration is to prevent and reduce substance abuse (SA) and transmission of HIV/AIDS among African-American young adults (ages 18-24) in Morris Brown college and the Atlanta University Center colleges and the surrounding neighborhood reaching 500 young adults through an HIV/SAP evidenced based intervention and 1,000 students through environmental strategies. Results showed increased HIV testing and HIV/SAP awareness.
Student Health Empowerment (SHE I and II) Project â€“ 2014 to present
This substance abuse, HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Prevention Project is an educational prevention project with WSCI and Spelman College. The goal of this SA/HIV/HCV Prevention Project collaboration is to prevent and reduce substance abuse (SA) and transmission of HIV/AIDS among 300 African-American young adult women (ages 18-24) at Spelman College and the surrounding neighborhood community zip code of 30314. Evidenced based interventions, environmental strategies, and community outreach services will be implemented.
Color It Real I â€“ 2009 to 2014
Color It Real is an SAMHSA funded HIV and substance abuse (SA) prevention program operated annually by a community coalition for 100 heterosexual African-American, young adults (ages 18-24), males and females in Metro Atlanta affected by SA and the transmission of HIV. Services offered include: HIV and substance abuse prevention classes, substance abuse treatment referral, HIV referrals for testing and treatment services, case management, stress management, peer education and outreach, nutrition and exercise. Materials developed include: DVD, T.O.T. Manual and Curriculum in progress. Program results showed 50% increase in condom use, 25% decrease in alcohol use and each year over 60% of participants were HIV tested. Partners conducted HIV Testing/linkages to care (2008-2013). Community Impact: Increased substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention awareness. Currently: Received NREPP certification in 2015. WSCI will provide training and consultation services upon request.
Be Abstinent Program â€“ 2014 to present
The goal of the Be Abstinent Program is to provide a comprehensive abstinence education program (8 hours) and a positive youth development program (4 hours) for a total of twelve (12) sessions in order to reduce sexual activity, teen pregnancies, teen birth rates and sexually transmitted infections for 200 high risk youth, males and females, ages 12-18.Â The Be Abstinent Program will target â€śaging out foster careâ€ť youth at CHRIS Kids Group Homes (100) and high risk youth enrolled in Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence High School (100).Â These youth will be served over the two year grant period from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016.
HYPE-A-Club â€“ 2001 to present
The Helping Young People Establish Abstinence Club (HYPE-A-Club A) is designed to promote sexual abstinence as the best decision young people can make for themselves. HYPEâ€™s goal is to reduce teenage pregnancy and increase knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases while further developing the coping and conflict resolution skills of the students. This 12 year old program is currently funded by the Governorâ€™s Office of Children and Families. Outcomes: Increased abstinence education for 153 youth, increased refusal skills by 85%, and decreased sexual activity by 23% and 100% remained free of pregnancy or fathering a child. Community Impact: Increased abstinence education awareness as an effective tool for teen pregnancy prevention and SIT/HIV prevention.
Turning Point Program/PREP Program â€“ 2013 to 2014
Comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention program for 30 primarily African-American and other minority high risk, pregnant and parenting youth. The program provides a teenage pregnancy prevention program including; HIV and STI prevention classes, abstinence education classes, peer education & training, parental involvement, aesthetic art, and public service social media campaigns promoting refusal skills. The program is currently in its first year of state funding. Evaluation results reported increased knowledge in abstinence education, STI, HIV and increase in refusal skills.
ParentWise Parenting Program â€“ 1996 to present
The Parent Wise Parenting Program (PWPP) is a ten (10) hour training program designed to empower parents and their families with skills to assist them with parenting their children. The 20 year program is currently operating at Fulton County Drug Court. The goal of PWPP is to equip parents with skills to reduce mental, emotional and physical harm to their children. The target clients are single parents, teen parents, and any other parents, who desire training to increase their ability to manage individual and childrenâ€™s stress, and to increase their understanding of anger, conflict, family management and communication. PWPP program also includes topics on ages and stages of development in young children and positive discipline techniques. Results include: Increased parenting skills by 30%, improved family management skills situations within the family by 40%, and increased individual/family knowledge on signs and risk factors for child abuse and neglect and school readiness by 70%. Materials include video and replication manual and training. Community Impact: Reduction of child abuse and increased effective parenting awareness.
Triple P Positive Parenting Program â€“ 2014 to present
Group Triple P is a parenting intervention for parents who are interested in promoting their childâ€™s development and potential and/or for parents that have concerns about their childâ€™s behavior problems. The program is delivered over eight weeks for parents of children up to 10 years old. The program consists of four (2 hour) sessions for small groups of parents. Parents actively participate in a range of exercises to learn about the causes of child behavior problems, setting specific goals, and using strategies to promote child development, manage misbehavior and plan for high-risk situations. Built into the program are three (15 to 30 minute) individual telephone consultations to assist parents with independent problem solving while they are practicing the skills at home. In the final session the group re-convenes to review progress, discuss maintenance and general issues. Parents will complete pre and post assessments while in the program.
Be2Smart â€“ 2013 to present
B2Smart is a social media program that spreads a magnitude of culturally relevant substance abuse and HIV prevention messages, posts and blogging for African-Americans ages 18 to 24, college and community and African-American re-entry males ages 18-55 throughout Metro Atlanta. The goal of Be2Smart is: to increase HIV knowledge, condom usage, HIV testing and other linkages of care. Be2Smart has reached 128, 452 persons, engaged 604 persons and impressed 303 person via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube monthly campaigns.
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