The Community School Initiative @ Roosevelt SHS utilizes the Community School Model, which was designed to offer students and families supports that extend beyond the classroom to meet non-educational needs such as social services, parent engagement and mental health care. The objectives of a community school are to improve academic achievement; reduce absenteeism; build stronger relationships between students, parents, and communities; and improve the skills, capacity and well-being of the surrounding community residents. GAFSC provides the following services:
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training – MHFA is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool that will benefit parents, school staff and community members during the year. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, the eight-hour MHFA curriculum teaches how to help a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis is resolved.
- Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Teen Suicide Prevention – This two-hour training teaches anyone to recognize the crisis and warning signs that a teen may be contemplating suicide and the tools to refer the young person for professional help.
- Case Management Services to Address Truancy – For students identified as being at risk of having a court referral for truancy, family-based outreach and case management will be provided
Community School Initiative @ Roosevelt Partner Services:
- DC Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (SHAPPE) – Family Community Resource Center
- Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) – Tutoring, college workshops, SAT prep and extra curricular activities
- DC College Access Program (DC CAP) – College counseling and financial assistance
- BUILD Metro DC – Ongoing educational support to incoming 9th graders
- Mary’s Center – Primary and mental health care services