North Central Health Services (NCHS) has awarded over $3.8 million in Resilient Youth Initiative implementation grants to 19 school corporations in Indiana. Of those grants, Central Catholic has received $87,405 from NCHS to specifically support mental health needs at Central Catholic.
The money received will be used to support a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, professional development for teachers/staff, and the SEL curriculum Second Step Middle School. The curriculum aligns with the Indiana SEL standards and offers weekly lessons, advisory activities, and service-learning opportunities. For the 2019-2020 school year, implementation will focus on 7th and 8th-grade students, with grade levels being added in subsequent years. The following goals were written and will be the driving force behind implementation:
- To decrease student anxiety and feelings of depression
- To increase resiliency and coping strategies for students when they face challenges
- To increase student awareness of their feelings and emotional triggers
- To foster a growth mindset in all students in order to set and attain goals for the future
- To increase student awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drugs and build confidence to make good choices when faced with difficult decisions
We are excited to offer this additional support to our students at Central Catholic and look forward to seeing positive outcomes in the future.