We promote youth and family well-being by strengthening systems so children, youth, and families – especially those in tough circumstances – can thrive.
We work within and foster collaboration across systems–mental health/substance abuse, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, and education–strengthening their capacity to use evidence–based strategies.
Using research and data, we plan, transform, and evaluate policies and practices and design new studies to measure impact and generate new knowledge.
We engage stakeholders and consumers, enabling their voices to shape the policies and services that affect them.
Senior Vice President and Director, Human and Social Development Program
Vice President and Co-Director, Human and Social Development Program; AIR Institute Fellow
Recent events such as those in Oklahoma, Boston, and Texas can leave people—especially children—feeling sad, angry, out of control, overwhelmed, and unsafe. Though recovering may take time, it is possible, especially with support from family, friends, and significant others. In 2006, the National Center on Family Homelessness developed a resource, Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children, to help.
AIR’s National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has released a training toolkit on teenage dating abuse for instructional support personnel, such as guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and other professionals. Research shows that schools can make a difference in preventing interpersonal teen violence.
Dr. David Osher, a vice president with AIR and a nationally recognized expert on creating safe school environments, testified on Wednesday before the U.S House of Representatives’ Education and Workforce Committee and cautioned there are no “quick fixes or easy solutions” to addressing safety issues like the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut.
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