Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant

The SS/HS Initiative is a unique Federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation’s youth, schools, and communities.

The Federal Government is committed to reducing school violence.  The SS/HS Initiative is an unprecedented collaborative grant program supported by three Federal agencies – the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.  The SS/HS Initiative seeks to develop real-world knowledge about what works best to promote safe and healthy environments in which America’s children can learn and develop,

Since 1999, more than 276 urban, rural, suburban, and tribal school districts – in collaboration with local mental health and juvenile justice providers – have received grants using a single application process.  These grantees are implementing comprehensive programs that address all of the following five elements:

  • Element 1:  Safe school environments and violence prevention activities
  • Element 2:  Alcohol and other drug prevention activities
  • Element 3:  Student behavioral, social, and emotional supports
  • Element 4:  Mental health services
  • Element 5:  Early childhood social and emotional learning programs

Our multi-district initiative includes Bleckley, Johnson, Telfair and Tattnall counties.  We have completed training in the following:  Families and Schools Together (FAST), Parents as Teachers (PAT) ages 0-3 and 3-5, Second Step Violence Prevention, Olweus Bullying Prevention, Ripple Effects and Mendez Too Good For Drugs and Violence.

Our team includes:

Regina Smith – Regional Project Director

Yvette Blanton – Administrative Assistant

Stefanie Clardy – Mental Health Therapist (BCPS & BCES)

Evette Moore – Mental Health Therapist (BCMS & BCHS)

Lynn Lucas – Family Outreach Coordinator (BCPS & BCES)

Gretchen Wilson-Tuck – Family Outreach Coordinator (BCMS & BCHS)

Patricia Robertson – Wellness Coordinator

Phillis Evans – Parents as Teachers Coordinator

Alice Maddox – Bookkeeper


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