Additional $1.2 Million Awarded to "Prevention Matters" Grantees to Support Programs and Sustainability Planning Efforts
National Prevention Week, observed May 9-15, provided an opportunity to celebrate the important work of preventing substance use disorder and addressing mental health conditions.
The Fairbanks Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded an additional $1.2 million in Prevention Matters grants for Marion County K-12 schools already participating in the initiative. These funds are intended to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 by supporting schools for one additional year as they develop plans to sustain their prevention programs once the grant funds have been fully expended.
Prevention Matters was launched by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in 2018 to help Marion County schools identify, implement and sustain proven substance use prevention programs. These programs equip students with skills that not only help them avoid drugs and alcohol, but also help boost academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior and social and emotional well-being. Visit this link for a complete list of participating schools.
COMMUNITY DATA SNAPSHOT: HEALTH SPOTLIGHT
Highlighting Key Statistics in Youth Substance Use
Substance misuse presents significant challenges to Hoosiers' health, education and well-being. In this month's issue of our newsletter, we spotlight youth substance use data from the Health section of our Community Data Snapshot.
In 2020, 13.5% of white Indiana high school seniors reported participating in binge drinking, compared to 9.0% of Black students and 13.4% of Hispanic students.
In 2020, 16.7% of female high school seniors in Indiana reported smoking marijuana, compared to 18.0% of males.
Learn more in the Health section of the Community Data Snapshot.
GRANTEE AND PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS Modern Apprenticeship Program Announces First Cohort
In 2019, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation awarded a $3 million, two-year grant to Ascend Indiana to partner with EmployIndy to launch the Marion County program as well as a statewide community of practice. Congratulations to Ascend and EmployIndy for successfully launching the program, and best wishes to the first cohort of apprentices.
Marian University and Ivy Tech Community College Partner to Recruit, Prepare a More Diverse Teacher Pipeline
IN THE NEWS State Should Invest in Emotional Needs of Students Claire Fiddian-Green in IBJ Forefront
Indiana has received a large influx of federal funding and an unexpected additional $2 billion in state revenue. Two critical needs this new money could address are 1) ensuring all K-12 schools are effectively and sustainably addressing the social-emotional well-being of students, and, 2) supporting the mental health of children and teens.