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Leadership and Resiliency Program

3900 Jermantown Rd.
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/

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Contact Information:
Mr. Jamie MacDonald
703.934.5476
703.934.8770
jmacdo@fairfaxcounty.gov

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School
Adult

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals
Clusters/Groups

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

ability to work in group process, committment to all program phases

Description:

The Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP) is a school- and community-based program for high school students (ages 14 to 19) that enhances youths' internal strengths and resiliency while preventing involvement in substance use and violence. The program includes resiliency groups that are held during the school day as well as alternative activities offered after school, on weekends, and during the summer. These include adventure/outdoor activities, working with abused and neglected animals, and performing puppet skits for young children. The alternative activities focus on community service, altruism, learning about managed risk, social skills improvement, and conflict resolution. The program operates year-round with increased alternative programming when school is not in session. Participants may stay involved with the program throughout their high school years.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Bullying/Violence, Community Collaboration, Service Learning, Substance Abuse

Starting Date: 1997
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

School factors

  • Student engagement

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Competence

  • Social competencies

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000 or $500 - $1000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Teachers
Counselors
Social Workers
SROs
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Fairfax County Public Schools

Evaluation Information:

Evaluation of this program revealed the following: Reduction in negative attitudes and behaviors: Participants realized a 65-70% reduction in school behavioral incidents, including a 75% reduction in school suspensions and a 47% reduction in juvenile arrests. Improvements in positive attitudes and behaviors: Participants realized an increase of 0.8 in grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale, an increase of 60-70% in school attendance, 100% high school graduation rates, and an increased sense of school bonding. A high percentage of participants either became employed or pursued postsecondary education

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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