Research demonstrates that when students are removed from the classroom as a disciplinary measure, the odds increase dramatically that they will repeat a grade, drop out, or become involved in the juvenile justice system.
Many schools across the country work to (a) ensure that they promote a positive school climate in order to foster the success and emotional well-being of students, teachers, and staff and (b) address situations that exacerbate harmful behavior and diminish achievement. School climate refers to the quality and types of interactions that take place between and among young people and adults in a school. These interactions are framed by the culture and structure of the school, its composition, and its relationship to families, communities, and the state and have been found to affect student and school outcomes. All members of the school community have the ability to promote and sustain a positive school climate that facilitates student and school success. Although schools are in a unique position to reach out and address students’ interrelated needs, organizations in the community also play a large role in contributing to a positive school climate through partnerships with schools and the coordination of services that promote student success.
Map My Community is a tool designed specifically to assist you in locating resources in your community to help you build and strengthen your youth program. Get ideas for new partnerships, identify gaps in your community, and learn about resources to avoid duplication of effort.
FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.