Research has shown the connection between student health and well-being, and school retention and academic success. Students, especially those living in poverty, face many non-academic challenges that interfere with learning and academic success.
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.