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Turn 2 Us

Turn 2 Us

Turn 2 Us (T2U) is a mental health promotion and prevention program in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network, Columbia University Community Pediatrics, former NY Yankee's Captain Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and local elementary schools.

T2U has been recognized nationally for its efforts in school-based mental health. Its program evaluation outcomes were recently published in National Association of Social Work's April 2015 Schools & Children Journal.

Turn 2 Us was founded in June of 2001, as a response to the high rates of referrals from a local elementary school to the pediatric children’s psychiatric emergency room as well as cumulative and chronic demographic stressors within the community that elevate risk factors for at-risk behaviors and/or mental health disorders. Today, the program delivers a multifaceted program in additional Northern Manhattan schools and smaller scale services to neighboring schools. Since its inception, T2U has reached over 8,500 students, parents/caregivers and staff.

Our Mission

Promote mental health and academic success in at-risk children, empower the entire school community (students, parents/caregivers and school staff), to engage in healthy lifestyle practices that promote well-being and enhance the mental health literacy of school personnel and parents/caregivers so they are better equipped to ensure our youths’ progress emotionally, socially and academically.

Community Partners

  • Parents
  • New York City Public Schools
    • Full-scale services – P.S. 4, P.S. 8, P.S. 115
    • Smaller-scale services – P.S. 28, P.S. 48, P.S. 132, P.S. 173, P.S. 189, P.S. 192
  • Turn 2 Foundation
  • Columbia University: Community Pediatrics; Center for Family Medicine; and Mailman School of Public Health
  • NYC Department of Education
  • NYC Department of Health - School Health
  • CARING at Columbia: Children At Risk in a New Generation
  • Police Athletic League
  • Children’s Aid Society


Evelyn Montañez, Ph.D. LCSW
Program Manager