Youth Development

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Program Goal

Enhance the social-emotional well-being of every student by encouraging connectedness through relationships and skill building resulting in healthy school climates and academic success.

Services Provided

Definition

“New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.”

Youth Development Program

The Youth Development Program tailors each presentation to meet the needs of its audience, and is focused on addressing the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of students and staff.

Please see attached brochure for full descriptions of the Professional Development offered.

  • Second Step
  • CPI: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Bullying Prevention Aggression
  • Ophelia Project/ Relational
  • FISH! Philosophy
  • Online Safety
  • Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets
  • Drug Trends
  • Kagan’s Win-Win Discipline
  • Gambling
  • The Culture of Boys/ Gender
  • MACA Poverty Simulation

** Please note, the Youth Development Program also provides presentations on the above (or related) topics for parents.

Second Step Implementation

Second Step is an evidence based curriculum for grades K-8 which features developmentally appropriate ways to teach core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotional management, and problem solving.

Classroom Presentations (Grades K-12)

Topics Included (but not limited to): Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention, Bullying Prevention/Upstander Programs, Stress Management, Communities that Care Youth Survey Data Roll Out.

Discussion Group Facilitation

To develop and enhance students’ social-emotional skills.

Above the Influence “Tag It” Campaign

To increase teens’ awareness of influences in their environment and how influence may prompt them to make decisions- both positive and negative, healthy and unhealthy. The activity builds “influence literacy” and gets teens to recognize the power of influence.

Large Presentation/Assembly

Topics Included (but not limited to): Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention, Bullying Prevention/Upstander Programs, Stress Management, Communities that Care Youth Survey Data Roll Out.

Committee Participation/Event Planning

Committees and events which positively impact the school climate and/or reduce youth substance use.

Youth Leadership Conference

Build and enhance student leadership skills to positively impact school climate.

(Every 2 year) Communities That Care Youth Survey

Gathers data on youth substance use and attitudes, as well as Risk and Protective Factors in the school, family, peer and community domains.

Dignity for All Students Act

Task Force

TST BOCES is committed to supporting our districts in their compliance with the Dignity for All Students Act. We offer the Dignity Act Task Force meetings to help coordinators:

  • stay current on updates and implementation information from New York State; and
  • provide DASA-related information to students and staff; and
  • foster and maintain a caring school climate

Task Force Goals:

  • Increase awareness about the Dignity for All Students Act, and provide information on improving school climate and bullying prevention.
    1. Host/Facilitate the Dignity Act Task Force Meetings (4 times per year); and
    2. Dignity Act Electronic Newsletters; and
    3. Professional Development/Trainings/Presentations for Dignity Act Coordinators, certified and non-certified school staff, parents and students; and
    4. Student programming

Dignity Act Task Force Meeting Dates:

Please register via MyLearningPlan!

Resources

For information on DASA resources available for parents, please select from the following:

Resources

For information on DASA resources available for schools, please select from the following:

Substance Abuse Prevention

Draw the Line

Click the links below to learn more about Substance Abuse Prevention:

Contact Us

Jennifer Astles-Steinmetz
Youth Development Coordinator
607-257-1551, ext. 1015
jastles@tstboces.org

Kim Skinner
Service Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1044
kskinner@tstboces.org

Alicia Grey
Service Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1020
agrey@tstboces.org

John North
Service Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1021
jnorth@tstboces.org