Federal funding for ‘Prevention Plus’

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week approved over $16 million in funding for Utah State University projects this week, money requested by Senator Bob Bennett, R-UT, who is a member of the committee. Among the projects that cleared the first funding hurdle was $170,000 for “Prevention Plus,” an at-risk program now in place in six high schools in Ogden, Alpine, Nebo and Wasatch School Districts.Richard West, professor of education and Executive Director of the Center for the School of the Future, says the money will help the program expand. West says it has been found that a lot of kids, often through unfortunate circumstances, have developed a set of behaviors that are not very productive.”We’re trying to provide an opportunity to teach these kids how to be successful,” West said on KVNU’s For the People program Thursday. “We’re using really energized academic programs. We’re teaching them, very carefully, social skills and inter-personal skills and also self-management skills to help them create for themselves the kind of environment that will encourage and support successful behaviors.”West says The Center for the School of the Future was founded by the late Washington columnist and Utah Native Jack Anderson.

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