The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) has announced the application process for school safety teams to participate in an integrated program for school violence prevention called Project Unite, sponsored by NASRO and funded through a grant issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. NASRO has partnered with the University of Colorado–Boulder's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, the I Love U Guys Foundation, Safe and Sound Schools and the National Police Foundation to develop Project Unite.
NASRO is currently seeking 25 to 30 high schools/schools with high school students to attend a pilot training, where multidisciplinary school safety teams will learn how to implement four integrated strategies for school violence prevention (e.g., climate and culture, bystander reporting and response, information sharing, and behavioral threat and suicide risk assessment and management).
Selected pilot schools will:
- receive training on Project Unite through an in-person, two-day workshop conducted by school safety experts at no cost (schools will be responsible for travel costs);
- participate in an introductory one-hour webinar, which will include a no-cost security assessment;
- provide feedback about the training;
- work to implement/enhance at least one violence prevention initiative in the spring 2022 semester; and
- receive technical assistance on violence prevention strategies.
Pilot teams will attend one of the following pilot training events:
- Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA - January 11-12, 2022 (hosted by the VA Center for School and Campus Safety)
- Douglas County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Castle Rock, CO – January 25-26, 2022 (hosted by the Douglas County School District and Sheriff's Office)
To qualify, one school administrator and one school resource officer/law enforcement officer must attend the training, and up to three additional staff responsible for school safety, e.g., guidance counselor, social worker, school nurse, may also attend.
While we recognize the ongoing challenges schools face related to Covid-19, acts of violence also continue to plague school communities; therefore, the need to pilot and then disseminate Project Unite nationwide is pressing. We would love for you to apply to become a pilot school for this very important project.
Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2021. Pilot teams will be selected by November 15, 2021, and all applicants will be notified of the status of their application by November 19, 2021. Thank you in advance for your interest and application.
Should you have questions or desire more information, please contact Donna Lefebvre at email@example.com or 205-739-6067.
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Director, Center for Safe Schools
National School Boards Association