school programs

Our school-based programs teach students how to resolve conflicts peacefully, information about mental health and how to recognize when a person is in crisis.

The Gatekeeper Program

Our school-based youth suicide prevention program provides middle and high school students with safe and appropriate lifesaving information, including positive coping skills for stress, information about mental health, how to recognize when a person is in crisis, and what to do if someone is having thoughts of suicide. 

  • Students learn about mental health, stress, and positive coping skills

  • Students learn about local resources, how to recognize a crisis, warnings signs, and what to do if they know someone who is having thoughts of suicide

The Gatekeeper Program was reviewed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and listed on the national Best Practice Registry.

Restorative Justice Program

Restorative Justice aims to be socially and emotionally intelligent
justice that empowers individuals to take accountability, repair harm
and relationships, and build a stronger, more connected community.
Trained Restorative Justice Facilitators work with students to
navigate conflicts toward a peaceful and productive resolution.

  • Restorative Conferences and Circles address misconduct and violence amongst peer and school staff

  • Peer Mediations are led by trained youth leaders to help their classmates resolve conflicts peacefully 

  • The Suspension Diversion Program utilizes restorative practices to repair harm, promote accountability, and reduce out-of-school time

2020 results of school-based programs

of students report being more open to seeking help for a friend who is considering suicide

of students are more open to seeking help for themselves if they are considering suicide

of students who engaged in restorative showed improved social and emotional learning and classroom engagement

Schools interested in our youth programs should contact:
Justin Ealy

Justin Ealy

(269) 381-1510 (ext. 232)

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