Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
YWCP is a new all-girls public charter school in a city with a high school graduation rate of 43 percent. To achieve academic strides, YWCP aimed to be trauma-informed, restorative and a safe space for girls to connect with caring adults. To create a school culture of belonging, supported by a social-emotional development framework, YWCP used Respect 360 to create a daily advisory program for its inaugural seventh-grade class. Advisors, many of whom were also first-year teachers, practiced The Respect Basics with the girls six times per month, created a Respect Pact to establish norms in their advisories, coached girls to recover from disrespect, and met them with compassion as they grew their resiliency and support network.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
We've increased empathy, respect and community among 30,000 youth *and their influencers* in three years, while diminishing compassion fatigue in influencers.
After only 15 sessions, 120 middle school students: 72% said they trusted their peers in the Respect Circle (24% increase). 78% reported feeling safe to speak the truth in their circle (29% increase). 86% reported that the peers in their circle listened to them (29% increase). 77% said "I feel like I belong at my school" (16% increase).
After just six sessions with 2,058 high school students: 88% agreed that The Respect Basics had given them new, better ways to practice respect for themselves and to help spread respect to others. 90% said they now respected each other as equals (25% increase). 73% understood how to create respect in their relationships (34% increase).
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We have a strategy to embark on the evidence-based program journey so we can partner more deeply with juvenile justice (we've already piloted with NY Department of Corrections). We will also reach more Opportunity Youth (ages 16-24 and out of school/work) partners' job/education foundational skill-building. We we will reach 100,000 youth by 2020 with data showing self-respect's impact on vulnerable youth of color outcomes like high school graduation, teen pregnancy, post-secondary graduation, justice-involved rates, career attainment and citizen-sector leadership.