Program Evaluation and its' Academic Achievement
To ensure the efficacy of the programs’ ability to make a positive impact in the school communities it serves, several program evaluations were initiated and documented. To learn more about the programs’ impact, see below links.
Study # 1: Evelyn Montañez, Evelyn Berger-Jenkins, James Rodriguez, Mary McCord, Dodi Meyer, Turn 2 Us: Outcomes of an Urban Elementary School-based Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Program Serving Ethnic Minority Youths, Children & Schools, Volume 37, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages 100–107, https://doi.org/10.1093/cs/cdv004
Data reports on:
- Improved classroom/social performance
- Improved attendance & State exam scores
Further data not yet published includes decreased suspensions and unscheduled guidance counselor visits.
Study #2: Raval G, Montanez E, Meyer D, Berger-Jenkins E. School-based mental health promotion and prevention program ˜ ‘‘Turn 2 Us’’ reduces mental health risk behaviors in urban, minority youth. J Sch Health. 2019; DOI: 10.1111/josh.12805In a study currently being submitted for publication (2011-2013) reports indicated:
Data reports on:
- Decreased mental health symptoms (i.e., anxiety, disruptive behaviors), especially for those with the highest level of symptoms reported as per a mental health symptom screening measure completed by teachers
Study #3: Pending publication. Turn 2 Us: Building Mental Health Literacy of School Personnel in Underserved, Predominantly Latino, Urban Elementary Schools
Preliminary findings of a study (2015-16) examining school personnel’s Mental Health Literacy pre-post intervention shows an increase in:
- Familiarity with identifying and referring students with mental health needs
- Knowledge of school-aged mental health disorders
- Self-efficacy in addressing challenging behaviors in the classrooms
- A decrease in stigma related to Mental Health-related conditions in youth
Throughout the years, Dr. Montanez has been working towards manualizing the Turn 2 Us program. With the support of the Turn 2 Foundation, we are now commencing the manual publication process. By facilitating a documented approach to developing, implementing, and sustaining school-based mental health promotion programs, we hope to expand our efforts beyond Northern Manhattan.