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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.
The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) is a classroom intervention aimed at creating a more humane and informed citizenry in an increasingly diverse society. The objectives for students are to expand their knowledge of history, improve their critical thinking skills, encourage thinking about their roles in and responsibilities to society and community, and increase their awareness of issues of racism, antisemitism, social justice, and democratic participation. For teachers, the program fosters professional development, collegial relationships, and the enhancement of teaching skills.
To combat the epidemic of violence among Baltimore’s youth and support traditional public safety strategies using a combination of public health and human service models to reduce violence.
It was estimated that the program was associated with 5.4 fewer homicide incidents and 34.6 fewer nonfatal shooting incidents during 112 cumulative months of intervention post observations.
The mission of Beats & Rhymes is to provide schools and community centers with the knowledge and resources they need to implement their own successful program, and subsequent music group.
Beats & Rhymes teaches youth music-making skills through implementation in various Minneapolis after-school programs.
Best Practices of Mayors and Their City Governments in Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diversity (Santa Clarita, CA)
The goals of the program are to: 1) reduce crime and improve public safety; 2) improve police-citizen cooperation and communication; 3) improve law enforcement responsiveness to members of the community; and 4) increase quality of life and increase police and citizen's ability to creatively solve community problems.
To provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.
WomanSpirit aims to foster grassroots women's leadership in the St. Louis area by claiming safe community space for women's mutual support and training, gaining access to government funds for women's economic development, and achieving positions in local, regional and national decision-making bodies.
Mix It Up seeks to create inclusive school communities by breaking down social barriers and conflicts that lead to bullying and violence.
The goal of this program is to provide assistance to clients whose primary language is not English.
The goal of this program is to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services for the residents of Hennepin County.