In 2013, The Respect Institute (RI) along with its partners, Mentoring USA, Young Women's College Prep Public School of Rochester, National Crittenton Foundation, Mightybell, Santa Clara County Opportunity Youth Partnership, Kids in Common, Young Women's Leadership Network, Learning Times, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Empowered for Purpose, committed, through 2015, to providing 10,000 vulnerable young women ages 11 to 18 in more than ten states the tools and coaching, including the Respect 360 toolkit, needed to build self-respect in order to improve academic and life outcomes. The Respect Institute will train partners to integrate the Respect 360 toolkit into their girl and vulnerable youth development frameworks, which includes more than 75 activity, journal and group discussion cards that can be utilized in Respect Circles (small groups) or via a coaching process to guide youth and young adults to practice The Respect Basics.
In total, the Respect 360 toolkit will be delivered by more than 500 trained educators, mentors, advisors, counselors, intervention workers, and social workers in settings such as advisory groups, after-school groups, residential programs, and mentoring sessions. In particular, there will be a special emphasis on increasing the number of Latina and African American high school girls who partake in the program curriculum. Youth influencers will use the toolkit to deliver daily or weekly 30- to 60-minute Respect Circle sessions where girls complete research-based activities, journaling assignments, and art activities that help them build self-respect in a supportive community. RI's research shows that those who learn to practice The Respect Basics and a new definition of self-respect, 'I am a unique contributor to the greater whole,' make more positive life choices.
Through the national expansion, RI will partner with new girls' schools and community-based organizations, and enable other predominantly Title 1 schools, to use the Respect 360 advisory model after completing online training. Additionally, RI will create a process for girls to stay in their Respect Circles once they graduate high school using a popular online platform (Mightybell). Through Respect 360 tools and platforms, girls' support circles from high school become their trusted virtual circle during post-secondary education to help them navigate the challenges together and coach each other toward graduation and their career goals.
Through this commitment, RI will measure, through pre- and post- evaluations administered by partners, how Respect 360 increases self-respect and academic goal-setting and achievement. Participants will also be surveyed after their senior year of high school by partner organizations in order to track high school graduation rates, college achievement and pregnancy rates, and to evaluate the lasting impact of the Respect 360 experience and follow-up Respect Circles had on their goal achievement and overall self-respect.
July-August 2013: Finalize evaluation results from recent implementation at Title 1 school (study of 100 girls) in order to apply key learnings to the expanded Respect 360 curriculum and toolkit.
August-September: Create new Respect 360 toolkit, establish social network component, and train partners who are part of expansion.
September 2013-June 2014: Finalize new partners, secure corporate partner to underwrite part of the expansion, set training dates, and deliver at committed sites for 2013-2014 program year. By 2015, we will reach 10,000 girls and young women through the trainings delivered during this cycle.
June - July 2014: Evaluate and review data for program improvement and to measure success and report.
June-September 2014: Final training for all new partners for 2014-2015 program year to reach 10,000 girl goal.
June 2015: Measure success and report.
Research shows that vulnerable girls and young women, such as those from low-income communities or those who've experienced trauma, have an increased risk of not achieving academic goals in high school as well as dropping out of college due to feeling a lack of belonging, according to The Respect Institute's interviews with hundreds of educators and girls nationwide. The mission of The Respect Institute (RI) is to give youth and their influencers the tools to redefine respect and build self-respect so that they can break cycles of disrespect and thrive.
Furthermore, The Respect Institute's (RI) research shows that self-respect is a critical youth development asset that strengthens youth's perseverance and resiliency when it comes to achieving academic and life goals as people who thrive and are happy at work have strong support circles, know their behavior matters, and manage stress and energy well. The Respect Institute developed Respect 360, a new toolkit created and piloted to address marginalized young women's challenges with self-respect building.
Respect 360 enables girls to build their self-respect within a trusted support circle that reflects back to them that they matter. Respect 360 gives girls a safe space to develop relationships with trusted adults and peers who can help them succeed in reaching their goals. Through group and one-on-one coaching, Respect 360 is facilitated by trained youth influencers to help young women create an ongoing circle of support while nurturing their self-respect by practicing The Respect Basics together along with a new definition of respect: 'I matter. You matter.' Partners integrate Respect 360 into their delivery models, including service delivery, mentoring programs, and educational programs, to improve youths' academic and life outcomes.