STORIES BEHIND THE DATA
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is one of the first suicide prevention programs that uses Peer Leaders to enhance protective factors associated
with reducing suicide at the school population level. A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on. Sources of Strength has been shown to:
CPR and First Aid Training with Local EMTs. All junior high and high school students are certified.
Self Defense Classes with Local Police.
Students learning basic car maintenance including changing tires and oil changes.
Fire Safety Classes with Local Fire Department
In the summer of 2016, the Kit Carson School District got a face lift. The district received new outdoor windows, upgraded a women's bathroom, updated water heaters, added sprinklers to the football fields, upgraded internet wifi capability and add one-to-one computers for 3rd grade through 12th grade. These upgrades were made possible by a $150,000 mill levy override and capital reserve money.
BEST Grant Winner
In May 2017, Kit Carson School was chosen to receive the BEST Grant. Construction on the new building began June 2019 and is set to be completed July 2020.
Kit Carson students participated in a Color Walk to learn about the Sources of Strength Wheel.
Wildcat Ethics happens each day for 15 minutes to cover the following school health areas:
Big Brother- Big Sister Day
The best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Each year we pair an elementary students with a high school student. The elementary students enjoy having their 'bigs' help with homework, build a mentor relationship, eat lunch, and play on the playground. At the end of the day, it's really all about starting a friendship, providing guidance, and inspiring them to reach their potential.