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"Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life." -Albert Einstein

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Suicide Hotline 

1-800-273-8255; Text 741741

Link to chat line, phone number, and multiple resources for suicide prevention, loss and disaster survivors, attempt survivors, youth, veterans, Native Americans, and LGBTQ+.


Trans Lifeline

1-877-565-8860

Trans suicide prevention hotline. Peer support services, material support, advocacy, education, and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals in need.


Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888; TTY:77; Text 233733

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery in every state. Be vigilant. Be informed. Link to chat line and statistics and information regarding human trafficking in West Virginia. 


Based on the survey, members voted to read Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and/or Tweak by Nic Sheff for our first Social Justice Book Study. Both books tell the same story of an adolescent's struggles with substance abuse disorder. Tweak is a journal-style chronicle of Nic's journey. Beautiful Boy is his father, David's, experience as the parent of a child battling substance misuse and suicidal tendencies. Participants may choose to read either or both books and begin posting at any time. All participants are welcome to create a new topic/question or comment on existing topics. Click "Create Topic" to post or click on a desired topic to reply to another's post. A live discussion of the books will take place during the 2019 Fall Conference.
 

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month Featured Literature


In I am Jazz, written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, readers follow the life of Jazz, who knew that she was a girl from the age of two; however, she was trapped in a boy's body. Jazz tells her unique story in a candid manner based on her real-life experiences as a transgender girl. This is the perfect story for helping children come to understand and appreciate the beautiful diversity in our world.

Recommended age-range: 3+

Click for a reader's guide and classroom resources from Human Rights Campaign.

Click for read-aloud of I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings herself. 

Click for more information about Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, and the book.

Previously Selected Literature

Black History Month - This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

Women's History Month - Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Arab American History Month - Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

Jewish American History Month - Across the Alley  by Richard Michelson



Social Justice Resources Organized by Category

The following are links to social justice lesson plans and curriculum that span across all categories.

Click here to check out Teaching Tolerance.

Click here to check out NEA.

Click here to check out NASP.

If you know of a valuable resource, and don't see it listed, email: mailto:britaineyacooper@gmail.com.


24/7 Teen Support Lines


Imalive.org
: Suicide and crisis support.

Teen Line: Any issues. This resource is comprised by teens supporting teens. Also a great resource for high school students needing hours in psychology.

Teen Central and TeenHelp: Hotlines by category including suicide, abuse, crisis, LGBTQ+, bullying, eating disorder, etc...

Teen Help and Support Lines for Girls: Support lines specifically for females, including safe baby resources.


Abuse and Trauma

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Courtswv.gov Public and Other Resources: Follow link to resources for reporting abuse, case digest regarding laws surrounding abuse, and links to foster care information.

DHHR Centralized Intake: A how-to link and contact information for reporting suspected abuse.

DHHR Family Assistance: Emergency and disaster assistance, refugee support, CPS, and APS. 

Foster Care and Adoption: Steps on how to become a foster care provider.

Healthy Grandfamilies WV: Information and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in West Virginia. 

Hope, Inc.: Private, non-profit agency offering shelter to domestic violence or sexual violence survivors. Employees go into the schools to work with staff and students are at-risk. They help families and individuals connect to necessary community resources. Currently serving Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Harrison, and Lewis.

The Paper Tigers Project: Download and print handouts viewed as samples during the film. Links to ACEs research and the Amazing Brain series.


3Rs.org Rights, Respect, Responsibility: Comprehensive curriculum for sexual health, rights, and justice. 

Advocates for Youth: Civil rights resources for issues regarding sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults.

New York Public Library Book List for Child Abuse Prevention

Goodreads Memoirs of Child Abuse and Survival

Child Abuse Resources for Kids

Protect Yourself Rules Education Videos

Appalachia and West Virginia 

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinator Contact List: Various regions have Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinators. They oversee cooperative efforts to communicate and coordinate regional, state-wide, and national resources across West Virginia. They do everything from staff development to direct support for school systems and communities. If you haven't met yours, reach out. They are amazing!

Community Care School-Based Health Centers: Community Care centers offer a variety of pediatric care in the school setting. Some sites are beginning to offer school-based mental health support. Currently serving Pocahontas, Lewis/Gilmer, Upshur, and WV Wesleyn. 

MODIFY Program: Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth (MODIFY) provides ongoing support, including education vouchers, to youths 18-20 who are transitioning out of foster care. They also provide assistance to the DHHR, foster families, and group foster care residential facilities.

National Runaway Safeline: Hotline for runaway children trying to find help or their way home. 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY). There is also a chat line, email, and forum. Download Runaway Poster. Download Home-free Poster.

Parents as Teachers: Free and voluntary home visitation program with a mission to promote optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. See contact information by state.

Proud. Strong. Resilient.: Wearewv.org is a growing (almost) state-wide community building coalition focused on helping communities take action to foster resilience in West Virginia youth. See Coordinators by County.

Safe-at-Home: Printable flyer for Safe-at-Home program, which is a wrap-around support program for youths at-risk of removal from home or residential placement.

Ethnicity, Race, and Heritage

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Arab America: Information on Arab America including scholarships, news, events, and resources.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History: National events, news, speakers bureau, resource packages, news, national and local partnerships, online store, and more.

Birthright Israel: Free 10-day journey to Israel for individuals 18-32.

Black History in West Virginia: Information about influential African American individuals who were born or grew up in West Virginia.

Black Migrations Black History Month PDF: Printable resource explaining the theme of 2019 Black History Month.

Jewish American Heritage Month: 2019 Calendar of events, videos, lesson plans, and more. 

Jewish Communities in West Virginia: Events, education, grants, and contacts for Jewish culture in West Virginia.

Gender Equality

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

EMPOWERS: Organization that creates programs drawing k-12 girls into STEM fields in West Virginia.

The Status of Women and Girls in West Virginia Report (2013): Comprehensive report documenting progress of women and girls in West Virginia and highlighting where improvement is needed.

West Virginia Girls Collaborative Project: Connections to state-wide resources encouraging girls to go into STEM fields.

West Virginia Women's Commission: Fostering the health and wellness of women and children across West Virginia. The site provides annual reports of progress.

LGBTQ+

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Dr. Rainbow: Developed by the Covenant House in Charleston, WV, Dr. Rainbow is dedicated to connecting LGBTQ+ West Virginians with practitioners who are accepting of LGBTQ+ individuals and knowledgeable of issues specific to LGBTQ+. 

Comprehensive List of Resources: No need to totally reinvent the wheel. Here is a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ support resources, literature, legal assistance, school and community resources, and Facebook groups.

Fairness West Virginia: Active local support for LGBTQ+ youth. Natasha Stone is the Transgender Visibility Organizer and is ready to lead staff development sessions in school. Contact: mailto:natasha@fairnesswv.org

GSA Gay Straight Alliance: Originally intended to be safe spaces for students, these student-run organizations now strive to unite LGBTQ+ and allied students to strengthen community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.

NRS LGBTQ+ Brochure: LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to runaway from home. They are also more likely to report sexual abuse by caretakers and sexual victimization on the streets. The attached National Runaway Safeline brochure is information on how to help.

LGBTQ+ Center at WVU: Events, safe-zone resources, and campus/community resources.

LGBTQ+ Resource Packet: Core vocabulary, inclusive language, studies minor, national resources, WVU resources, preferred name request form.

PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Fostering loving families and safe communities, West Virginia has two PFLAG Chapters. Find the chapter closest to you at PFLAG West Virginia.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Adolescent Suicide Assessment Protocol (ASAP): This screener provides a snapshot of level of risk of suicidal ideology/threats.

GRaCE Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment: Community approach to address trauma and substance use through recovery coaching. Several schools are piloting GRaCE implementation at the high school level. Participating students receive 3 hours of college credit, and all participants earn recovery coach certification.

Help and Hope WV: Prevention, programs, funding, rehabilitation, harm-reduction, and more...resources available throughout the state for those affected by substance use disorder. Focus on community restoration.

Help4WV: 24/7 resource, call, chat, and text line providing immediate help for West Virginians struggling with addiction or mental health.

Mental Health First Aid: Get trained in mental health crisis deescalation and learn to identify and respond to signs of mental health illness or substance use disorders in schools and communities.

Mobile Crisis Unit: 24/7 service covering multiple counties. When calls are made, visitors work with schools and families to intervene with emotional or behavioral crises. United Summit Center currently serves Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur Counties. FMRS currently serves Raleigh County. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Year-round mental health awareness calendar with connections to resources, information, and yes, info-graphics! Also...check out the NAMI calendar of events by month: NAMI Awareness Events

National Council: More info-graphics, social media support, and 7 Super Skills to help friends.

Opportunity House: Located in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Opportunity House is a non-profit organization supporting all paths to recovery.

QuietMinds: Understanding the relationship between mental health conditions and interpersonal disorders, focuses on development of social interaction skills and improved peer and family relationships.

Region4Tomorrow: Suicide prevention resource serving Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur counties. 

Stigma Free WV: Events, support, and resources for people affected or those working with people affected by stigma, particularly mental health and substance use but also includes racism and LGBTQ+ discrimination. Connections to inspirational TED Talks, Facebook groups, and so much more. 

Social Justice Thesis and Program Evaluation Topics

Discipline and Behavior

    • Help a school implement Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (ALSUP and Plan B) and track effects on discipline referrals/suspensions of diverse students
    • Find a school implementing PAX Good Behavior Game, and track effects on discipline referrals/suspensions of diverse students

Does Class-size Really Make a Difference?

    • Does class size make a difference? Compare student achievement and/or discipline referrals in classrooms with smaller vs. larger teacher:student ratios 

Is it better to be culture-blind or culture-aware?

    • Correlational study between amount of diversity and student characteristics of empathy
    • Implementation of various programs promoting acceptance and tolerance of diversity and correlations with characteristics of empathy
    • Classroom culture in rural vs. urban Appalachian schools

Impact of Mental Health Resources on Student Development

    • Comparison of student emotional and behavioral development of diverse students in areas within NASP recommended school psych ratios vs. those with limited support

Impact of Wrap-around Programs on Student Development

    • Wrap-around programs designed to keep students at home when possible are controversial. Work with DHHR to determine the effects of wrap-around programs on children in West Virginia.


Know of a great resource that you don't see listed on this page? What's happening in your region? 

We would love to hear about it!

Post on the School Psyched about Social Justice Facebook group

OR send resource information to mailto:britaineyacooper@gmail.com


For general questions, please contact Sonya Hatfield, WVSPA President (slhatfield@mail.kana.k12.wv.us)

For questions regarding membership or finances, please email Lisa Stafford(lstaffor@k12.wv.us)

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