Compeer West, Inc.

Expanding Lackawanna Leaders Program

“Compeer has been piloting a school-based program at the Lackawanna Middle School, serving students with behavioral and mental health challenges. This program uses two full-time AmeriCorps members as the key resource for students during free periods like lunchtime and study hall, delivering the evidence-based Positive Action curriculum. Compeer saw some very strong results from this program’s first year, including students and teachers reporting better management of emotions and behaviors and improvements in school attendance.

With Tower Foundation funds, Compeer will expand the Lackawanna Leaders program into grades nine and ten in the Lackawanna High School over a two-year period. Through this program, Compeer hired and supervised AmeriCorps members will provide in-school supports to students with mental health challenges.”

CATEGORY: Programs & Services
LOCATION: Buffalo, NY
AMOUNT: $84,000 over Two Years
YEAR AWARDED: 2018
WEBSITE: www.compeerbuffalo.org


Helping Students Deal with Mental Health Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the growing mental health crisis for too many young people. Even before the pandemic, depression, anxiety, and suicidality rates were sharply rising among teens in America. In 2019, rates of adolescents reporting a major depressive episode were up 60 percent from about ten years prior.[1] Articles appear in the media … Continued