3 episodes

Produced by the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's School-Justice Partnership Program, this series explores the challenges experienced by parents and other caregivers of youth with behavioral health needs in the school context, and how effective family and youth engagement can help overcome these challenges. Episodes share firsthand reflections on the barriers to engagement from the parent, school, and provider perspectives, and discuss strategies to improve youth outcomes by making authentic connections.

Strategies to Build Family and Youth Engagement to Keep Kids in School the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

    • Education

Produced by the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's School-Justice Partnership Program, this series explores the challenges experienced by parents and other caregivers of youth with behavioral health needs in the school context, and how effective family and youth engagement can help overcome these challenges. Episodes share firsthand reflections on the barriers to engagement from the parent, school, and provider perspectives, and discuss strategies to improve youth outcomes by making authentic connections.

    Engaging Students to Provide Behavioral Health Supports in Schools

    Engaging Students to Provide Behavioral Health Supports in Schools

    Learn about two successful strategies to engage youth in school attendance and achievement: the power of peers and the power of speaking their strengths out loud. Hear about ways that schools have bolstered support for students with mental health needs through peer education and action and the compelling story of one young person who was inspired to beat the odds and attain her diploma through one simple sentence spoken to her by a teacher.

    • 20 min
    Authentic Family Engagement: It's More than a Pizza

    Authentic Family Engagement: It's More than a Pizza

    This episode addresses the fear and power imbalances that can impact relationships between parents and system stakeholders such as school personnel and behavioral health providers. A parent and practitioners offer concrete suggestions about how these barriers can be overcome and explain the power of authentic family engagement rooted in strong relationships, humility, and understanding.

    • 21 min
    Helping Students Thrive by Supporting Their Parents and Caregivers

    Helping Students Thrive by Supporting Their Parents and Caregivers

    It can be difficult for parents to engage with schools when trying to meet the educational and mental health needs of their children. Learn about successful strategies to help both parents and school personnel bridge the gap.

    • 19 min

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