Positive Youth Development

Pursuant to TEC §38.351 Section (b) and Sub-section (c-8) each school district may select programs related to this area of mental health promotion and intervention, substance abuse prevention and intervention, and suicide prevention for appropriate implementation in the district. Resources related to this component of school mental health focus on providing meaningful opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities through positive school and community experiences. Positive youth development activities help to optimize personal development, strengthen school engagement and belonging, promote positive peer relationships which may also include reducing bullying behavior, and promote academic achievement.  

To view resources on this component of school mental health you can visit the new Texas School Mental Health Website for the Mental and Behavioral Health Recommended Evidence-Based Programs and Research-Based Practices Repository.  This repository is updated as resources are reviewed and approved.

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Mental and Behavioral Health Team
Contact Information

Julie Wayman, Mental/Behavioral Health Director

Tammy Genke, Project A.W.A.R.E State Coordinator

Ashton Millet, Education & Program Specialist- Project A.W.A.R.E