WE SPREAD HOPE
Hundreds of our students have been identified as homeless. East St. Louis is ranked as one of the most violent cities in the U.S. In 2014, the murder rate in East St. Louis was 101.9 per 100,000 people, which was higher than the murder rate for the country of Honduras (at 90.4 per 100,000). (Honduras has the highest murder rate of any country in the world.) The trauma that has comprised the mental health and wellness of our youth, their families, and our community needs to be addressed. Most of ESTL students are depend on their schools to make a difference in their lives and now we plan to expand those services for when they need them the most.
Healing to Hope
It is the mission of The Wraparound Wellness Center and District 189 to reach out to youth in our community who have suffered from trauma, violence, and loss. We are dedicated to promoting healing by providing respectful, compassionate, culturally responsive services and supports. Our program is a community that heals the wounds of violence and embraces hope for a non-violent, compassionate community. Our model is based on the belief, supported by evidence, that youth are resilient and can overcome even the greatest challenges when given the right combination of services, support, and non-judgmental care. We plan to assist our youth from not just surviving but to thriving within East St. Louis.
HOW do we know we are helping?
We will collect qualitative and quantitative data throughout this process. We have used data and statistics already gathered and HOPEFULLY create positive change. Some of our goals include:
- Within this grant period, our goal is to serve 50 District 189 students and their families who experienced or were perpetrators of violence.
- We also aim to train 30 middle and high school students as Peace Warriors.
- The SOS team will respond to 100% of incidents they are called to by law enforcement.