School violence, terrorism, and natural disasters are all crises that have the potential to affect school-aged children. With advanced planning, schools and communities can actively prepare to respond quickly to catastrophic events, and in many cases prevent them from ever happening. To help with this process, EDC’s National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NCMHPYVP) is working with its school- and community-based grantees to create the systems and infrastructure to prevent, prepare for, and respond to crisis situations.
substance abuse, unprotected sex, and related risky behaviors take a
tragic toll on the lives of individuals and their communities. To
prevent these risks, we must first understand the factors and
circumstances that contribute to risk-taking. EDC’s Center for Research
on High Risk Behaviors (RHRB) conducts a variety of research projects
that develop, evaluate, and disseminate effective interventions for
reducing health risks.
Most of the 80 percent of teens who work enjoy a positive and enriching experience. However, teenagers in the workplace may be at risk for injuries on the job due to inadequate safety training, unsafe equipment, and stressful environments.
Responding to new data that reveals “deep and troubling” findings about dating abuse among U.S. teens, Senators Mike Crapo and Hillary Rodham Clinton are joining with Liz Claiborne Inc. Chairman and CEO, Paul R. Charron to announce the national distribution of the curriculum, Love Is Not Abuse, developed with EDC. The program is designed to help teens understand and prevent teen dating abuse and violence. During the week of April 24th, Love Is Not Abuse will be taught in over 365 schools in 37 states reaching more than 33,000 students.
Too often, pedestrian
injuries are seen as
Alerta/Stay Alert aims
to show children, their
caregivers, and drivers how
and why pedestrian injuries
and deaths are preventable.
Program materials are in
the form of a “photo
novella,” or a brief story
with photos, and were developed for the Latino population
of three Massachusetts communities—Holyoke, Chicopee,
and Springfield—with funding from the AAA Foundation
for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In September 2004, a 22-month-old boy climbed into an
unlocked, parked car. The boy’s mother left for work,
thinking he was playing next door. The outside temperature
was 86 degrees, and the child died of hyperthermia.
In announcing a new city pedestrian safety program today, the Mayor’s office of Holyoke, Massachusetts unveiled materials developed by EDC, along with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The materials, Mantengase Alerta/Stay Alert, aim to educate children, their caregivers, and drivers about averting pedestrian injury and death.
Increasing numbers of people in different walks of life and professional roles are being confronted with the need to help others who are contemplating or attempting suicide as awareness and understanding of depression and suicide is growing. Friends, family members, teachers, and mental health and health care professionals are among the many people who are concerned about how they can prevent the suicide of someone they know.
In response to the prevalence of teen dating abuse and the importance of the issue described by teens themselves, Liz Claiborne, Inc. has funded EDC to create a high school curriculum, the Love Is Not Abusecurriculum, to educate and provide support and guidance to teens.
Incidents of heat-related death of young children in parked vehicles are not isolated events. They occur throughout the warm months each year in the United States. About three-quarters of these deaths are due to adults leaving children unattended, either intentionally or unintentionally. Now, for the first time, a peer-reviewed study has been published that documents the circumstances under which young children die in parked motor vehicles.
EDC’s Center for College Health and Safety (CCHS) secured a five-year, $11.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Education to continue to operate the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, previously known as the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
Bullying and other forms of violence—from fighting to weapon use—can happen in any school in any community. In most cases, there are bystanders who see violence happening and hear about it before it occurs.
This pilot project is designed to gauge the success of applying a versatile video compact disc (VCD) technology to meet critical learning needs of young girls who cross the Mekong in search of a more exciting and financially rewarding life in Thailand.
The division of Health and Human Development Programs at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) will establish a national suicide prevention resource center, with a grant of $2.5 million per year for a total of 3 years, to provide information about and assistance to communities implementing suicide prevention programs. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was announced yesterday in Washington by HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Some child passenger safety instructions may be putting children at risk, a groundbreaking study shows. The study found significant problems with the content, availability, accuracy, and appropriateness of educational materials designed to teach adults how to transport children safely. The study, called "Seated for Safety," was conducted by researchers at Education Development Center, a non-profit education research organization, and was funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
As school officials around the country strive to become more savvy about handling violence, they are zeroing in on the critical role of “bystanders”: the confidantes of violent youth or those who are present when violence occurs.
Community service programs—when combined with curriculum—not only promote community values and good citizenship, they may also protect students from risky health behaviors during adolescence. When New York City middle school students’ community service work (three hours per week) was combined with health instruction, both their violent behavior and their high-risk sexual activity dropped significantly.
The End-violence Virtual Working Group is an Internet discussion list sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the World Bank, and the Global Knowledge Partnership, and developed and moderated by EDC’s International Development Division (IDD).
How do we know that a new approach works, adding to a practitioner’s knowledge, effectiveness, and ability? And if it does work, how can we use the model to reach more practitioners? These questions are central to two of EDC’s latest experiments with online professional development.
Toward the end of the Live Talk discussion program that opened EDC’s recent violence prevention summit, the audience of 200 people grew silent as Sha-King Graham, 17, spoke about the police officer who had killed his sister.
A recent study of school-based violence prevention programs gave EDC’s Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders its top rating, calling it “beautifully organized,” and “teacher friendly.” Of the 12 comprehensive school health curricula reviewed in the report, only Aggressors received an ‘A’.