Jeff Jenson, Ph.D., is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. His research focuses on the application of a public health approach to preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and on the evaluation of preventive interventions aimed at promoting healthy youth development. Dr. Jenson has published seven books and more than 100 articles and chapters on topics of child and adolescent development and prevention science. His book (with K. Bender), Preventing child and adolescent problem behavior: Evidence-based strategies in schools, families, and communities (Oxford University Press) is a comprehensive review of empirical evidence pertaining to the efficacy of preventive interventions for children and youth. His book (with M. Fraser), Social policy for children and families: A risk and resilience perspective, a recipient of the 2008 Best Edited Book Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence, reviews public policies focused on social and health problems ranging from child abuse and disabilities to mental health and poverty. Dr. Jenson is Chair of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health and co-lead of Unleashing the Power of Prevention, an initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge: Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth. He is the recipient of the Aaron Rosen Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the Distinguished Scholar and University Lecturer awards from the University of Denver. Dr. Jenson is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, treasurer of the Society for Prevention Research, and a fellow and board member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
The Bridge Project is a community outreach program of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. The program was created in 1991 through a collaboration involving community representatives and faculty members at the University of Denver. Program activities at the Bridge Project aim to reduce educational barriers and improve academic and behavioral outcomes for children residing in four Denver public housing communities. Program components include structured curricula that seek to increase participants’ literacy, math, and science skills. Academic tutoring, technology training, and social and emotional skill development are also offered to all Bridge Project students. The Denver Housing Authority provides space for each of the four Bridge Project sites.
Risk, Resilience, and Positive Youth Development: Developing Effective Community Programs for High-Risk Youth: Lessons from the Denver Bridge Project describes an approach to developing and testing effective community-based programs for at-risk children and youth. This volume shows how elements of risk and resilience, positive youth development, and organizational collaboration are used to develop a comprehensive intervention framework called the Integrated Prevention and Early Intervention (IPEI) Model. The IPEI is then applied to a community-based after-school program called the Bridge Project to illustrate how an integrated intervention framework can be used to prevent childhood and adolescent problems and improve academic achievement. Findings from an evaluation of the Denver Bridge Project intervention components are presented, and recommendations for advancing policy and practice for high-risk youth in community-based programs are described. Readers will follow the planning, development, implementation, evaluation and assessment of the Bridge Project guided by first-person perspectives from program participants who share their stories throughout the book. Risk, Resilience, and Positive Youth Development presents an integrated theory and model for working with at-risk youth, demonstrated in a detailed case example, giving practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers and policymakers a complete package.
Each year, more than six million young people receive treatment for severe mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. Strong evidence shows us how to prevent many behavioral health problems before they emerge. By unleashing the power of prevention through widespread use of proven approaches, we can help all youth grow up to become healthy and productive adults.
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