Cohort 1 Schools Learn About RENEW This Summer

This summer our Cohort 1 schools are receiving RENEW training from our partners at the Institute on Disability at UNH.

The training kicked off in June at Merrimack Valley High School. Members of their staff along with participants from Kingswood Regional High School, received an in-depth training in the RENEW model and its process to give interested staff a set of skills and strategies to effectively work with struggling youth on a successful transition plan. Representatives from the Parent Information Center (PIC) attended as well to offer insight into effectively engaging families in the RENEW process.

The RENEW model is a research-based school-to-career planning and support intervention for youth and young adults with emotional and behavioral support challenges. The model, developed in 1996 in New Hampshire, has been implemented in school, community-based, residential, juvenile justice, and mental health settings and has been shown to positively engage and assist young people who are struggling at home, in school, and in their communities.

Attendees at this two day training received a series of skills and knowledge to start implementing RENEW in their practice. Skills taught are as follows:

  • engaging youth in participating in the RENEW process,
  • personal futures planning with facilitated mapping,
  • resource development to meet the youth’s needs,
  • RENEW team process strategies and facilitation,
  • school to career planning, and
  • strategies in supporting the youth to be in charge of the RENEW process.

A brief overview of systemic features that need to be in place to ensure the successful implementation of RENEW was covered through group activities, instruction, and videos.

A third day booster training for all participants attending this training will be offered in the fall, in addition to follow-up technical assistance .

This two day training will continue to be offered this summer to our other Cohort 1 schools. These schools include: Kingswood Regional High School, Kennett High School, and Mascoma Regional High School.