Stories of Sustainability

Since 1999, there have been 365 Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grantees from 49 states. Each site strives to transform its schools and communities into safe, nurturing places where children and youth can learn, grow, and thrive. SS/HS funds are meant to spark positive system changes in schools and communities by providing the infrastructure and resources to establish cross-sector partnerships, identify and implement effective programming, and institutionalize long-term improvements over time. Sustainability is a major focus of the grant program, and grantees are encouraged to plan for sustainability from their first day of funding. In 2012, the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention set out to discover how SS/HS grantees from the 1999–2006 fiscal year (FY) cohorts had been able to sustain major components of their SS/HS work after the end of their funding. This Snapshot report explores how 20 former SS/HS sites have sustained partnerships, programs, activities, functions, and school climate and infrastructure changes.
Anderson, K., Blaisdell, A.
Education Development Center
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