The RALLY program is an innovative, school-based, inclusive model of intervention and prevention; RALLY Trains Professionals and runs RALLY Groups in schools.
Student Support: The RALLY program:
• combines developmental theory, research, and practice to provide young people with integrated academic and emotional support.
• helps build students' competence and resilience through relationships with positive adult figures.
• has created the role of "Prevention Practitioner," who actively works to support at-risk young adolescents by bridging together their experiences at school, at home, and in the community.
• pulls supports into the classroom rather than pulling students out for specialized services, reducing the stigma that often follows such specialized attention.
• works in collaboration with families, teachers, school administrators, community programs, mental health professionals, and others to support students' success.
RALLY trains a new kind of professional: the Prevention Practitioner. RALLY has created a new professional role to take the lead in its school and after-school academic and mental health efforts. Called prevention practitioners, these individuals provide students with an integrated system of supports as they help to bridge their diverse worlds of school, after-school, family, and community.
With children's developmental needs in mind, practitioners focus on four primary objectives:
- Helping students develop supportive relationships with their peers, their teachers, and other key adults in their lives;
- Providing children with academic assistance;
- Referring students for needed services or enrichment opportunities (i.e., mentoring, tutoring, evaluations, therapy, after-school and community-based programs, summer camp);
- Facilitating communication among a student's teachers, families, clinicians, after school staff, and other service providers.
Prevention practitioners achieve these goals by offering students direct academic and social support in classrooms; working with students outside the classroom one-on-one or in small groups like those described below facilitating community building activities; observing students for warning signs of psychological problems; helping connect students with appropriate out-of-school time programs and services; and communicating and collaborating regularly with students and their teachers, families, healthcare providers, and community programs.
RALLY Groups: RALLY currently runs three different groups, each one targeted at addressing a particular imbalance in a student's Clover: Ready, Set, Action; Photo Justice; and StrongLinks. Groups typically involve 6-9 participants and 2 co-leaders, and consist of 9-12 60-90 minute sessions (with the ideal being twelve nintey-minute sessions).
Ready, Set, Action is a co-ed group designed for children ages 9-15 who are drawn towards physical activity, movement, body impulses, and hands-on activities, but who might struggle with impulsivity and self regulation. The group primarily engages students kinesthetically, capitalizing on these children's natural desire to be moving. This group utilizes hands-on activities to help children reflect on how their actions impact their learning experience, and to improve concentration and impulse control. Each activity can be facilitated to help students feel part of a caring community, express themselves productively, and understand the importance of reflection in acquiring new knowledge.
Photo Justice: is a co-ed group designed for children ages 12-15 who are natural leaders, can speak their minds and act autonomously, but at times struggle to express their ideas in productive ways. The group provides a forum where young people's passions and opinions can be channeled through a positive form of expression. It encourages individual and collective voice and empowerment through the use of photography. Photo Justic primarily engages students in the development of perspective-taking and reflection, on issues of power, justice, fairness, and unfairness. Photography can influence the way we think about ourselves and others and can be a medium of expression and change.
StrongLinks: is a group designed for girls ages 11-15 who have a strong focus on social connection and relationships, but are sometimes at risk of sacrificing self-expression in social contexts. The group helps girls connect with one another while simultaneously practicing ways to safely assert each girl's individuality and voice. StrongLinks primarily engages students through expressive arts and reflective activities including journaling, media literacy, and arts and crafts. These modalities provide adolescent girls opportunities for safe expression of ideas, values, and beliefs while connecting with peers about relevant day-to-day issues.