About Networks of Support
In response to a cluster of suicides by teenagers, with three at Rapid City Central High School in the 2007/2008 school year, the Networks of Support approach was developed as a comprehensive prevention model. In the 30 months prior to March 2008, 14 teenage people died by suicide in Pennington County. Between September of 2007 and September of 2011, our school endured 28 deaths.
Networks of Support is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to providing vital prevention and youth leadership development programming to schools and communities.
To create a self-sustaining network of peer leaders by building connectedness, viewing differences as strengths and building their capacity for humanity.
To work with schools and communities by building connectedness, self-worth and leadership of all students and engaging them in structured facilitated experiential learning activities.
Networks of Support believes:
Peer Leaders can create an environment that is positive and sustainable.
In developing a students’ sense of connectedness through collaboration.
Removing roadblocks through transition programming will create a more welcoming and comfortable learning environment.
That building confidence and competence in students’ abilities creates peer leaders who will be a resource and support for others.
Developing peer leaders will increase their capacity for humanity and leadership.
In providing assistance to all schools, communities and other entities regardless of resources.