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Integrated Student Supports and Wellness Services

Integrated Student Supports & Wellness Services

Our Integrated Student Supports and Wellness Services aim to foster a holistic approach to student well-being. Our department offers a comprehensive range of programs and support services to districts and school communities, focusing on enhancing the physical, mental, and emotional health of students. For additional information about our services view our brochure. To make a request please contact Christine Henninger at [email protected].

Integrated Student Supports Program (Formerly known as Teen Pregnancy Prevention)

Our Integrated Student Supports sexuality education program is rooted in the Developmental Assets Model. The integrated curriculum goes beyond the state-mandated units, placing a significant emphasis on fostering crucial skills. These include honing decision-making abilities, navigating accurate sources of information, understanding the impact of peer influence, and developing assertive communication skills.

Youth-Led Prevention- Our Youth-Led Prevention Program is exactly as it sounds. Youth telling adults what issues they
face, and advocating for their ideas on how to fix them. The adult leader or allies’ role is to help guide the process of identifying the problem, determining the capacity to change the problem, developing solutions, implementing ideas, and
even evaluating the impact of their solutions.

Digital World- Our Digital World program helps children grow to become happy, healthy, and successful adults.
The ESC of the Western Reserve, with the support of Geauga Job and Family Services, has identified a need to address the developmental, social, and emotional impact of the digital world on youth, their relationships, and their future.
  1. This program is geared towards grades 6-8.
  2. The program focuses on safety, digital vs. interpersonal relationships, and social media’s impact on mental health.
  3. The program is a total of one to three classroom sessions.
Family and Community Partnership Liaisons- Family and Community Liaisons are employees of the ESCWR who work with school districts to assist school staff, students, and their families. It is the liaison’s role to serve as a link between families and schools and to broker community resources that offer a network of support. Click here to learn more.

Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention- This school year (2023-2024) Ohio law requires districts to provide education in suicide prevention. Sources of Strength is a national wellness program for middle and high schools that uses a team of Adult Advisors and Youth Peer Leaders to influence their community through the power of connection.
  1. This program is geared toward staff, students, and parents.

Connect CLE: Collaborative Learning Environment- The ESC of the Western Reserve was invited by the Prevention Action Alliance to oversee the Northeast Ohio Regional Learning Collaborative of the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention (YLP) Network. The goal of YLP in Ohio is Youth Empowerment “ the ability of youth to influence the social and political systems that affect their lives." The goal of the Northeast Ohio RLC is the expansion of quality/evidence-based Youth Led Prevention Programs across all 16 counties in Northeast Ohio and to collaborate on common regional problems using the Youth-Led Model.

Peer Mentoring- High School mentors participate in an interactive, hands-on Mentoring Training, where they learn what being a peer mentor is all about. Mentors learn about relationship styles and the type of leader they are and train on how to develop a peer mentoring relationship with their mentees, communication and active listening skills, how to handle sensitive topics, and activities they can use as mentors!

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program- Our DFC Program is a federal grant that supports increasing mental health and
decreasing substance use/misuse within Berkshire Local Schools and Cardinal Local Schools. The DFC coalition is comprised of 12 community sectors to address data regarding the areas of mental health and substance use.

Creating Caring Communities- Our Creating Caring Communities Program collaborates with a variety of community
service agencies and schools to implement evidence-based strategies to directly address school needs identified through data collection.

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