At the core of the Idaho Lives Project (ILP) and its School Communities Program is Sources of Strength. Sources of Strength is an ongoing, strength-based, comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention, but also impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. This evidence-based program, centered on hope, help and strength, is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of peer leaders mentored by adult advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their lives.
Between 2014 and 2016, ILP will bring the Sources of Strength program into at least five cohorts of Idaho high schools and middle schools/junior high schools.
Applications are currently being accepted for cohort 4, click below for the application.
|ILP School Application - Cohort 4|
Idaho Code 33-1002(2)(r)- Annual Allocation for Safe Environment provides for the allocation of $300 per support unit from the distribution factor" for the support of provisions that provide a safe environment conducive to student learning and maintain classroom discipline." Section 30 of Senate Bill 1200, 2013 Legislative Session, required schools to submit a report to the SDE showing, among other things, how the funds were expended. These reports have been compiled to provide a summary of safe school expenditures statewide.
|FY 2014 Safe School 300 Report Expenditure Summary|
During the 2014 legislative session funding was allocated to implement substance abuse prevention measures and school safety improvements in Idaho public schools through House Bill 640. These dedicated funds will be distributed on a formula basis (every district and public charter school can receive an allocation). The requirements to receive these funds include completing and submitting a simple application, which is detailed below.
|House Bill 640 full text|
|SDFS funding 2015|
FY15 Funding Formula
Total funding available: approximately $2,165,700.00
All districts and public charter schools receive a base amount of $2,000 plus a prorated amount based on the prior year’s average daily attendance (approximately $6.36 per student).
Funding Application Components
The Idaho Youth Prevention Survey, a collaborative effort by the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP), the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the Idaho Department of Education, was administered in March 2014 to assist in development of a state substance abuse prevention plan using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model.
The findings highlighted in this Executive Summary provide a basis for understanding behaviors and attitudes of Idaho youth, with respect to the topics examined. Several of the topics include Bullying, Harassment, Suicide Prevention, School Climate, Parental Attitudes and Substance Abuse.
The survey was administered in the Spring of 2014 to 12,650 students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12.
|Youth Prevention Survey|
Welcome to the State Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools (SDFS) program. SDFS exists to build on the strengths of Idaho students and school personnel in establishing safe, positive learning environments before, during and after school. Students are far more likely to realize their academic and life skills potential in a supportive school climate that is safe and free from violence, drugs and alcohol. SDFS provides technical assistance, guidance and support for parents, schools and communities to most effectively address youth risk behaviors.
Since 1996 SDFS programs in Idaho school districts had been funded through dedicated state and federal title IVA funds. As a result of declining state revenue and shifting federal priorities both state and federal funding streams for SDFS were eliminated in 2009/2010.
The underlying premise of this work is the belief that every school in Idaho has the potential to create a healthy, safe and drug free climate in which all students succeed.
The SDFS program is part of a statewide effort to engage parents in reducing underage drinking in Idaho. The following website serves as the statewide repository of information and ideas for parents to build meaningful relationships with their children: www.betheparents.org
Research has identified several strategies that prevent the involvement of young people in drug use, violence and other harmful behaviors. In implementing prevention efforts for youth, a multi-pronged approach including the following should be employed:
School districts are encouraged to use "Principles of Effectiveness" to develop comprehensive substance abuse and violence prevention programs designed to meet the needs of all students.
|Harassment on School Campuses Manual|
|Children Of Incarcerated Parents-Toolkit|