EVIDENCE-INFORMED SERVICE DELIVERY: STEP-UP
FOSTERING RESILIENCE, LIFE SKILLS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS THROUGH A POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Step-Up is a youth development and mental health support program funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) that aims to promote social-emotional development, key life skills, academic achievement, high school graduation, and a positive transition to young adulthood. Step-Up is embedded within seven NYC DOE schools located in East Harlem, the Bronx and East New York.
Developed by the McSilver Institute in collaboration with the Center for Collaborative Inner-City Child Mental Health Services Research (CCCR) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Step-Up was designed for youth experiencing significant environmental, academic, social and emotional challenges. Step-Up is a multi-component, youth informed program that offers in-school life skills groups, one-on-one mentoring, mental health supports, structured opportunities for community service, and leadership development.
Over the past seven years, Step-Up has worked in partnership with youth, parents, and staff of eight high schools. The program has served over 450 students, 56% Latino and 37% African American, and achieved a graduation rate of 84%, among many other positive educational and mental health outcomes.