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About Reconnecting Youth

Our award-winning prevention programs have been recognized as Evidence-Based Programs (EBP) by numerous agencies and organizations:
  • The “Annual Report on School Safety” listed Reconnecting Youth and Coping and Support Training as top-tier, demonstrated programs for working with high-risk adolescents.

  • “Safe Schools, Safe Students: A Guide to Violence Prevention Strategies” gave Reconnecting Youth and CAST a grade of A+ and recognized both programs as the country’s top 10 research-based violence prevention programs with proven success.

  • The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program of the US Department of Education recognized both Reconnecting Youth and CAST as programs that help prevent drug abuse and violent behavior among youth.

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and The Office of Justice Programs recognized both Reconnecting Youth and CAST for working with high-risk adolescents and families.

  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Registry has recognized both Reconnecting Youth and CAST for Best Practices.

Reconnecting Youth (RY) & Coping and Support Training (CAST) has been implemented in communities throughout the United States as well as internationally (in Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Russia, and Spain) and have been recognized by the US Department of Education and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and Administration as  “Legacy” Model Programs.  Reconnecting Youth, CAST, and Family Engagement programs continue to be implemented in an estimated 3,000 settings annually. Several states, including California, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, North Dakota, New York, and Texas have adopted RY and/or CAST as evidence-based programs, recommending them to mental health and drug and alcohol prevention agencies, school districts, faith-based partners, and other youth-serving agencies.
Our evidence-based programs can be implemented as a Tier 2 or a Tier 3 intervention within the MTSS and PBIS frameworks, depending on how you select your participants. Students who participate in either RY or CAST will demonstrate positive changes in School Connectedness, Mood Management, Suicide Risk Behaviors, and Drug Use Control (including staying drug-free).

The RY Program is recognized for excellence by:

Our CAST Program is recognized for excellence by: