a. Hire necessary staff and execute appropriate training to grow Green Dot at three new Northern Kentucky high schools.
Following a national search, WCC hired an additional educator to focus on the three new high schools. Since then, an additional educator position as well as some part-time contract work was made possible through Impact 100 and other grant funding. WCC was also able to extend the opportunity to non-Public Education Team staff members to receive Green Dot certification. This will provide more trainers to sustain the program and allow direct service employees the opportunity to interface with the agency and community in a different manner.
b. Reach an additional 3,000-4,500 individuals through Green Dot at three new high schools within two years.
WCC began tracking stats in the year 2014.
- In the years 2014 –2016 (Nov 30), 4,513 students attended a bystander training and/or an overview speech.
- Between December 2016 and September 30, 2019, 6,831 students attended a bystander training and/or an overview speech.
- For students, that’s about a 50% increase!
- WCC has been able to reach an additional 3,983 individuals through Community bystander training and overview speeches since receiving Impact 100 funding.
c. Train 20% of the popular opinion leaders in the bystander training at each high school.
WCC is currently leading implementation of Green Dot at 11 high schools and 2 community sites. Prior to receiving the Impact 100 grant, WCC was in 6 high schools. As it stands, 20% or more students at 5 Green Dot schools have attended a bystander training. For context, in a school with a population of 500 students, it takes about 3 years to reach critical mass (20%). We expect to reach critical mass with a few additional schools this year.
d. Reach 100% of the student population at each high school with the Green Dot overview speech.
In all 11 high schools, all sophomores, juniors, and seniors have received the Green Dot overview speech and/or attended a bystander training. Overviews have already been delivered to the freshmen at about half of the high schools during this school year. For the remaining half of schools, overviews have been scheduled for later this semester or, due to school preference, will be scheduled for next semester.
Two additional opportunities have been provided for WCC at Holmes High School. First, the student population is about 10% Guatemalan. Through this project, WCC has been able to partner with an advanced Spanish student at Thomas More University in order to translate materials and interpret focus groups, speeches, and bystander training for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Second, WCC has developed lesson plans designed to support and reinforce Green Dot concepts. These lesson plans are delivered by Holmes teachers to 9th and 11th grade students every Friday during an advisory period. This kind of access to students is unprecedented, and evaluations are currently under way to assess how it may bolster the standard curriculum.
e. Identify 6 community partners to attend Green Dot Institute for certification to maintain Green Dot in the high schools with technical assistance from Grantee.
Eight school staff members have attended the Green Dot Institute and received certification in order to sustain Green Dot and incorporate the strategy into the infrastructure of the school. At Notre Dame Academy, the certified staff members have begun implementing content and coordinating booster sessions with active support and coaching from WCC staff. WCC is currently developing a transition plan for all current schools to follow suit.
WCC was also able to send two local librarians to the Green Dot Community Institute in order to aid in sustainability efforts.
f. Provide Green Dot training (3 training sessions x 2 years) to surrounding communities of each high school.
Full staff training has been conducted at Notre Dame Academy (50 staff and 12 coaches), Gilbert A. Dater High School (73 staff), and Holmes High School (89 staff over 2 years).
Additionally, speeches and training sessions in the communities surrounding Green Dot high schools have taken place in partnership with schools, libraries, mental health alliances, health departments, workplaces, and communities of faith. In total, 3,983 individuals have heard about Green Dot in one of these ways.
g. Participate in National Green Dot high school implementation research project and share state and national feedback with Impact 100.
All expanded schools located in Kentucky have participated in the research project. Ohio schools are not eligible based on restrictions from the evaluation research team. As such, in-house evaluation tools and methods, including observational checklists and anonymous polling, have been developed and are being utilized throughout the grant cycle and beyond.
h. Leverage additional funding from Grantee’s Federal Rape Block Grant to sustain the position created by Impact 100’s commitment.
WCC has received Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding through the Kentucky Justice Cabinet in order to keep the High School-focused position (originally created by Impact 100 funds) as well as to add a Community-focused educator.
What have been your unexpected successes? Challenges?
The process of moving beyond initial meetings in multiple target high schools has proven to be challenging. WCC worked to break down barriers and have solidified and made progress at each site. Unfortunately, this meant that the initial timeline had to be shifted. However, WCC is currently in three additional high schools in the greater Cincinnati area as well as one additional high school in the Buffalo Trace region. WCC is also in the beginning stages in most of these schools with equipping teachers and staff to facilitate the program due to demanding school staff schedules and limited accessible training opportunities.
WCC has engaged students above and beyond the Green Dot training. We have held Green Dot follow up sessions and engagement activities to reinforce the key concepts of Green Dot for 2,653 students from December 2016 through September 2019. Some of these offerings include Green Dot sponsored basketball and football games, field trips for student leaders, a Green Dot spot in the prestigious talent show, poster campaigns, and more.
We have forged a partnership with Thomas More University to translate the Green Dot curriculum to Spanish. Over 10% of students at Holmes recognize Spanish as their first language. In order for WCC to access every student in the best way possible we prioritized and created resources to offer this program in Spanish. WCC will be the first program in the nation to offer this program in a language other than English!
One of the greatest continued successes of this funding is the opportunity to implement a sustainability plan. The plan equips schools and communities to take a more collaborative role in Green Dot implementation and ultimately expand into a greater number of high schools long-term. When Green Dot was introduced in high schools over ten years ago, it was a strategy completely run by rape crisis center staff. While effective, this approach severely limited the number of schools in which Green Dot could be implemented as well as lasting community impact and ownership. We have developed extensive materials to help explain the strategy, technical assistance mechanisms and more.
When school staff become certified Green Dot instructors, we have seen numerous benefits:
- The administration is more invested and interested in the success of the strategy; Green Dot becomes a priority.
- School staff have an opportunity to contribute to their school in a different way than their standard role.
- If influential school staff are chosen as facilitators, students will more easily connect with Green Dot.
- Staff members are able to give insight into the school environment and student behaviors in a way that is not accessible through focus groups and interviews
- Our team can grow our skills as technical assistance providers, which better equips us to launch in other schools.
We are also beginning to see collaboration across schools. Students from Western Hills and Dater recently came together to sponsor a well-attended Green Dot football game. Students from Green Dot schools are telling students from other schools about the program, which has resulted in numerous student advocates of Green Dot in non-Green Dot schools. This may be the primary method for identifying future Green Dot High School sites.
Thus far, what has been the impact on your agency and clients as a result of the Impact 100 grant?
Receiving the Impact 100 grant has opened opportunities for further funding and for additional collaborations with community partners.
The transformation of WCC is apparent in the progress made and increased numbers of people engaged in prevention through this work. As an agency, we are committed to the prevention of violence in order to create communities where people are never hurt in the first place. Maysville, over a year into their launch will become the first Green Dot City in the country and Covington began this initiative in November 2018. Being selected to received this prestigious grant by Impact 100 has helped increase the legitimacy and priority of the Women’s Crisis Center prevention efforts to people throughout the agency and throughout the field who may be less familiar of prevention efforts and the role they can play in this important work.
Did you get the results you had hoped for when you first submitted your LOI/Grant Applications?
The results we have achieved far exceed the results we predicted. We have essentially been given the opportunity to transform the way we do prevention work at WCC. We have been able to equip Public Education Team members (2) with the necessary tools to implement the Green Dot strategy, but we have also been able to equip non-Public Education WCC employees (9), school staff (8), and additional community partners (4) with these skills as well.
So many people have received basic training to equip them with the skills to realistically intervene in situations of power-based personal violence. This means that there are 10,967 more individuals putting more green dots on the map than there were before, and that means we are shifting cultural norms and building safer communities.