Reconnecting Youth© (RY) is an award-winning, research-based prevention program for youth who are at high risk of dropping out of school. These youth often exhibit multiple behavior problems, such as substance abuse, aggression, depression, or suicide risk behaviors. RY uses a partnership model involving peers, school personnel, and parents to deliver interventions that address the three central program goals:
The RY program includes four components:
RY's development and framework were largely informed by the work of Leona Eggert, Ph.D., RN, FAAN with the University of Washington School of Nursing. It is specifically designed to meet the students' needs for inclusion and excitement while teaching them how to be "winners," stay in control, make wise decisions, and evaluate potential consequences of their choices. The RY program is unique in the following ways:
Sixteen years of research and multiple program evaluations clearly show that Reconnecting Youth is effective in helping high-risk youth increase their school achievement, reduce their drug involvement, and decrease their depression, aggression, and suicidal behaviors. Desired changes also occurred in enhanced personal control and school bonding, as well as decreasing deviant peer bonding.
Documented results of the Reconnecting Youth program include:
18% increase in GPA for all classes.
35% decrease in the dropout rate.
80% decrease in suicidal behaviors.
50% decrease in hard drug use
The effectiveness of Reconnecting Youth has been recognized by numerous agencies and organizations:
Youth First works in partnership with area schools to secure funding and to insure the highest quality coordination and implementation. Youth First provides:
Thank you so much to our generous Life Savers supporters: