New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) has been awarded a competitive federal grant for $125,000. The grant is to assist the state in building opportunities to address the state wide initiative on Preventing Youth Substance Use and Violence.
According to the DOE, the purpose of the Building State Capacity for Preventing Youth Substance Use and Violence program is to provide competitive grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to build and sustain capacity to prevent youth substance use and violence and support collaboration between SEAs and other State agencies that are involved in efforts to prevent these problems.
The four major goals of New Hampshire’s program are:
- building collaboration within programs at the Department of Education
- building collaboration among agencies in New Hampshire working with substance abuse and violence issues
- developing an evidence-based resource guide for schools and communities
- providing technical assistance and high quality professional development to schools and communities
In addition, the grant will support the development of professional programs on the topics of bullying and school climate to support the new state Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act signed into law signed by Governor Lynch. The grant will be for one year and started October 1, 2010.