For participating students, the model is designed to enhance communication skills, teach problem solving techniques, discuss consequences, promote healthy decision making, encourage civic engagement and provide adult role models. The model is evaluated on the quantifiable variables of school attendance, disciplinary referrals and suspensions to ensure provable outcomes. The service elements of the model include the following:
TKF targets middle schools because national research has identified the adolescent ages between 11 and 13 as the peak onset for youth violence and the primary time for prevention. When one listens to young adults battling delinquency, drugs, gangs and other negative situations, you hear their common starting point for trouble is usually sixth or seventh grade. Middle schools have the highest levels of behavioral problems which not only impacts each child’s learning but the health and culture of an entire campus. Violent destructive behaviors at this age disrupt the lives of young people during a critical development period when they should be receiving their education, learning life skills, and taking on new responsibilities. Patterns of suspensions in middle school are clear indicators of future difficulties for youth if not addressed here.