Outcomes from Healing Species' 2009-2012 service to youth in alternative schools or who had been referred to Healing Species through the Department of Juvenile Justice or Youth Arbitration include:
Post-intervention data show referrals declined from 0.84 to 0.47 per day among program participants. The improvement noted among the students also represented a 72% decline in referrals for violent or aggressive behavior among Lexington County students completing Healing Species in the fall 2010.
Students exhibited greatly improved classroom behavior according to teacher reports. Pre-/post-intervention scores are shown below (scale of 1-10):
There were 4 new delinquency referrals among the 256 youth who have completed Healing Species since 2009. A total of 35 youth have incurred new referrals, which yielded a recidivism rate of 35÷256 = 13.7%.
Grades improved across the fall and spring cohorts. The average grade point average increased from 2.14 to 2.48, indicating higher academic achievement among program participants from pre-test to post-test.
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND OTHER DRUG USAGE DECREASE
At-risk students who received the Healing Species program in 4th-6th grade in Orangeburg, SC were surveyed in 2012, at the close of their 9th and 10th grade years at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
For the former recipients of Healing Species as compared to the total at-large 9th and 10th grade population, aggressive behavior referrals are lower and attendance, GPA, and promotion rates are higher - 4-6 years after they received Healing Species!
VIOLENT OR AGGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE REFERRALS
4.72% of former Healing Species students had Violent or Aggressive Behavior Referrals, compared to 6.84% of the total population.
Attendance for former Healing Species students was 98.16%, as compared to 95.59% of the total OW High population.
The average GPA of former Healing Species students was 2.971 as compared to 2.743 of the total population.
The promotion rate of former HS students was 93.4%, as compared to 89.3% of the total population.
(School Data from OCSD5, July 2012)
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