Students for Success Program
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Students for Success has been serving Nez Perce youth since 1995. We hope to
foster personal resiliency and capability for our youth to succeed in education,
career, community service, and wellness. We understand that our work is very
important and we want to meet the challenge of developing our most precious
natural resource, our young people. Infusion of cultural practices and
knowledge is a main strategy we use to target prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco,
and Other Drugs (ATOD) use, and HIV.
In the summer of 2004,
Students for Success partnered with the Lapwai School District, Kamiah School
District, Clearwater Valley Schools (K-12), and Nez Perce Childhood
Development to submit a
application to the Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS), and Department of Justice (DOJ). These partners were
selected since they could meet the grant announcements requirement of having a
previous working relationship six months prior to the grant application.
In Orofino, prevention activities will be offered through the Orofino community
On October 1, 2004, the Lapwai
School District, required lead Local Educational Agency (LEA), received
official notice that our grant application was selected for funding for three
years, October 1, 2004, to September 30, 2007.
The grant was highly
competitive. Over 300 applicants throughout the United States were reviewed.
This is the first grant of its kind to ever be awarded to a recipient in the
state of Idaho. As one of 24 new grantees that are receiving a total pf $38
million in grant funds this year, the Consortium will join 166 existing
recipients across the United States that have received SS/HS grants over the
past five years.
The purpose of the grant is to
implement enhanced, coordinated, comprehensive plans of activities, and
programs and services that focus on promoting healthy childhood development
and preventing violence and alcohol/drug abuse, both at school and within the
The Safe Schools/Healthy
Students Initiative has six main elements:
Violence, alcohol, and
other drug prevention and early intervention
and community mental health preventative and treatment intervention services
psychosocial and emotional development
connecting schools and communities
Safe school policies
The grant also required
securing support from other law enforcement, juvenile justice, and public
health mental health agencies in our area. Through a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA), the following agencies have agreed to support the grant through
collaborative efforts: Region II Department of Health & Welfare, Nez Perce
County Juvenile Justice, Nez Perce Tribe Juvenile Justice, Nez Perce Tribal
Law Enforcement, and the Sheriff=s
Departments of Nez Perce County, Lewis County, and Idaho County.
These representatives will
maintain monthly Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership meetings at each
school to discuss coordination and support in the areas of substance abuse and
violence prevention and healthy childhood development.
Each of the school districts
have specific needs that address these six elements within their community.
Once needs were identified, strategies and programs, based on Best Practices
Models, have been developed to be put into place that will foster safe school
environments and promote healthy youth development. Programs, such as
Second Step, Project SUCCESS, LifeSkills, and Guiding Good Choices are
a few Best Practice programs that will be used to assist these districts and
The grant also focuses on
youth emotional and behavioral health by funding a mental health counselor
position in the schools. The counselor will work with a Student Assistance
Team and link students to community-based providers.
Students for Success also
administers the State of Idaho tribal tobacco prevention contract on behalf of
Perce Tobacco Prevention Coalition,@
which consists of our program and Nimiipuu Health Community Health programs.
The goals of the state
tobacco contract are:
capacity to address harmful effects of non-ceremonial tobacco use
Increase awareness of
risk factors for lung cancer
the percentage of adult current tobacco users
Reduce the percentage
of youth under 18 who have ever tried tobacco products
and awareness of tobacco cessation services
Increase awareness of
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
Students for Success received
a three-year grant for Nez Perce Cultural Camp from the Indian Health Service
and Youth Initiative Grant Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives.@
The first year of funding supported the 2004 camp.
The goal of this grant is:
To prevent, reduce,
and delay onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) use for Native
American youth, age 9-18 (through cultural interventions).
In July 2004, we were awarded
two mini grants from Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc., for individual,
family, and community strategies for prevention substance abuse. Both grants
Students for Success also will administer to HIV
mini-grants for "capacity building" from the National Native American AIDS
Prevention Center (NNAAPC) and Cicatelli Associates.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
With the Safe Schools/Healthy
Students Grant, we will be moving more toward standardized curriculums that
target substance abuse and violence prevention. Some of the classes are
targeted at children and teenagers while some are specific for parents. This
is shown to be a Abest practice@
recommendation that affects more change on attitudes and use of alcohol than
anything. Classes will be taught by our Prevention Specialists.
We also have Case Managers
who will work with the school=s Student Assistance Team to link
youth in need to services in the community and provide outreach and advocacy
We coordinate the Community
CARE Team (CCT) in Kamiah and Lapwai. The mission of the CCT is to
need of cooperation and support between organizations to address youth and
community substance abuse problems and related safety, health, education, and
In January 2006, we started a projected called
Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol.@
It addresses underage drinking by looking at community norms and social policy
that make alcohol more accessible to this group.
Through the state tobacco
grant we work with the Nez Perce Tribe Tobacco Prevention Coalition to plan
prevention activities for the community focused on youth and adult cessation
and non-use of tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke or Environmental
Tobacco Smoke (ETS).
Through the Benchmark grant,
we are doing two initiatives. One is the CMCA through CCT (described above).
The second grant will offer on
classes to target awareness and skill building for parents and guardians to
help their children reduce or prevent substance abuse. The main curriculum
that will be used is
It is a five-week course that will be offered in Kamiah, Lapwai, and Orofino .
Through the HIV capacity
building grants we developed an Intertribal Prevention Planning Group with the
Alene and Umatilla to assess current HIV prevention and treatment efforts within
our tribes and to train teenagers to be peer educators. We also will be
developing an Abstinence Education video and Facilitation manual for our Nez
Perce Youth Leadership (peer education) students to train.
Joyce McFarland, BS, Director
Agnes Weaskus, Prevention
Chrissy Garcia, School Health Specialist, Nimiipuu Health Partnership
Prevention strategies for
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD), HIV/AIDS, violence and school dropout
for school‑aged youth.