From the Principal

It is with this in mind that GVA-DC is partnering with Team-UP, from Douglas County School District, to begin implementing comprehensive prevention programing for students based on current models and best practices in prevention and intervention work. 
 
Given our existing resources and identified needs, we have begun executing the Sources of Strength suicide prevention and wellness model for our school community. 
 
What is Sources of Strength
A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.
 
For more information about Sources of Strength, please join us on
Monday, February 25th at 6:00 pm
for a Parent Information Session!
 
Adult Advisors
The Global Village Academy-Douglas County Staff engaged in Sources of Strength Adult Advisors Training on Friday, February, 15th. Our Adult Advisors are a diverse group of connected, caring, and positive staff members whose goal is to support, mentor, and assist peer leaders in spreading hope, help, and strength-based messages across their friendship networks.
 
Peer Leaders
Sources of Strength Peer Leaders are a diverse group of individuals who leverage their personal and collective leadership qualities as well as their social influence in leading the charge in norming and culture change campaigns using strength-based messages to impact multiple issues including suicide. In most schools, a small group of students are trained as Peer Leaders. At GVA-DC, all of our middle school students in grades 6 and 7 will be trained as Peer Leaders. Training will be given in subsequent years for in-coming middle school students and new students. 
 
Building Resilient Me (Coming Fall 2019-2020)
Building Resilient Me is a wellness program for elementary school students designed to help youth identify and strengthen protective factors in their lives and leverage their voice to help bring positivity to their school’s culture.
 
Aligned to the work of the Sources of Strength program, Building Resilient Me uses a fun-filled style of active learning to encourage students to activate the sources of strength that can be helpful in all of our lives. This program provides ideas and reflections about how students can receive help from trusted adults and how peer leaders can connect friends to help and support. 
 
Training and Implementation Timeline
 
Friday, February 15th              
  • Sources of Strength Adult Advisors Training (All Staff)
Monday, February 25th
  • Sources of Strength Parent Information Session from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Open to all GVA-DC parents)
Tuesday, February 26th           
  • Sources of Strength Peer Leaders Training (ALL 6th-7th grade students)
Summer 2019  
  • Building Resilient Me Adult Advisor Training
Fall 2019          
  • Building Resilient Me Peer Leader Training
Fall 2019          
  • Building Resilient Me Implementation Grades K-5
 
Next Up: Researching Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming for grades K-8
 
Thank you for your support as we begin implementing prevention programming to support the emotional and social safety of all of our students!  
 
The Week Ahead
 
Tuesday, February 19th           
  • Vision and Hearing Screening
Wednesday, February 20th      
  • GVA-DC Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, February 21st           
  • MS Basketball Tournament (Time and Location TBA)
Friday, February 22nd             
  • BOX TOPS for a prize (10 Box Tops = 1 Prize!!)
Monday, February 25th           
  • STAMP Testing begins in Immersion classes''
 
Have a great week!
 
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County