Several program evaluations were conducted to ensure the efficacy of our program and its ability to have a positive impact on the school communities it serves. To learn more about the programs' impact, see below links.
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
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:
Pending publication. Turn 2 Us: Supporting Mental Health Literacy of School Personnel in Majority Latinx, Urban Elementary Schools. Preliminary findings include 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.