Institute for Community & Adolescent Resilience (ICAR-US

Solutions & Outcomes

What has IYD accomplished in schools?

Note from Superintendent

I would like to congratulate you on the significant improvement in student achievement results across Yukon-Koyukuk School District.

The proficiency levels are the highest ever for YKSD since 2002. From last year, YKSD gained 11% in language arts an increase from 65% to 72% proficient and gained 15% in Math, an increase from 53% to 61% proficient in Math, a gain of 15%. For the first time since this report has been published in 2002, YKSD received "Yes" or "Safe Harbor" across all categories.

As I mentioned at our inservice, we are a team and our team is really great. I sincerely THANK YOU for your hard work. The students are fortunate to have you.

Take a look:

  1. 1. Increased graduation rates
  2. 2. Supported America's first Baldridge Award Winner for Excellence in Education
  3. 3. Increased student achievement, reduced risk behaviors, and increased racial tolerance
  4. 4. Supported schools in making adequate yearly progress (AYP)
  5. 5. Increased the shared responsibility for educating children & youth from within the community

ICAR-US Founder and Child/Youth Advocate Derek Peterson developed Integrative Youth Development™ after realizing that a single framework was not enough. Through his work in co-creating, co-sustaining, and co-leading a statewide youth development initiative in Alaska called Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement (ICE), Derek uncovered the significance of IYD's foundational Phactor, Phactor 1: The Rule of 5. This rule enabled parents, schools, and communities to simultaneously anchor and sustain a safety net and dreamcatcher for each young person. These anchors communicate, model, and provide the tangible and intangible supports that compose IYDs' Phactors 2 and 3.

The years of concentrated efforts through Alaska ICE demonstrated that intentional effort upon these three phactors had positive and sustained impacts on increasing student achievement and reducing youth risk behaviors. More than eight years of successes by Alaska ICE has proven that the more supports teenagers have, the more likely they are to succeed in school, be racially tolerant, help others, and not use alcohol, drugs, or engage in early sexual activity.

In the past 10 years, school districts have demonstrated the powerful effects of a coordinated school, parent, youth, community, faith community, community-based organization, social service, law enforcement/juvenile justice, business/industry, health-care provider, treatment provider, local government, and media effort. The increases student achievement, attendance and graduation rates, while simultaneously reducing alcohol, drug use, school drop-out rates, truancy, youth violence, bullying, suspensions and expulsions, and disciplinary referrals.

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