Safe Schools/Healthy Students addresses youth violence

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Network faithful take note of two reports regarding the positive results of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, and how the program has addressed youth violence, which is particularly important given the recent events in Connecticut.

Started in 1999, in response to a series of school shootings, Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) was created to respond to violent acts already committed and to identify problems early, intervene early and constructively alter the course of children’s lives.  The initiative intentionally followed the guidance of science and developed a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach.  SS/HS has provided grants of between $3, $6, and $9 million over a four year period for a total of $2.1 billion dollars invested across 365 local education agencies (LEAs) and communities. 

Information related to SS/HS, along with resources for coping with school shootings, can be found at The National Center on Youth Violence Prevention and Mental Health Promotion website at


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