Recovery in Higher Education
The Seeds of Hope grant program provides funding, technical assistance, and mentorship for early stage collegiate recovery efforts at 4-year institutions of higher education. For 2-year colleges, the Bridging the Gap grant program supports pilot campus programs to give more students access to recovery support in higher education settings.
SUPPORTING EARLY STAGE COLLEGIATE RECOVERY EFFORTS
In 2012, nearly 23% of all college students met the criteria for a substance use disorder. But, only 34 out of 4,500 4-year colleges had known support services for students in recovery. As a result, families were left with a painful choice—send their student back to campus with zero support, or not allow them to return due to the risk of relapse.
Recognizing a critically important need, Transforming Youth Recovery developed a higher education initiative to focus on the creation and expansion of on-campus collegiate recovery programs. To date, TYR has provided 124 grants to universities and colleges across the U.S. to establish collegiate recovery programs. We will award 38 additional grants this year. This includes 6 grants for pilot programs on community colleges campuses. Each grant is accompanied by 3 years of technical assistance and mentorship to assist with early stage growth and student recruitment. Assistance is based on the research TYR pioneered into the assets that can help build collegiate recovery capacity at institutions of higher education.
|The 2015 Collegiate Recovery Asset Survey completed by 91 collegiate recovery programs on 4-year campuses in the U.S. identified the following 9 assets as critical to starting any collegiate recovery effort:|
Importantly, from 2013-2016, TYR provided direct support to stabilize and reinvigorate the Association of Recovery Schools, the nationally recognized resource for recovery high schools in the U.S. This support included assistance for the development of a national accreditation process for high schools serving students in recovery. Today, Recovery High Schools play a critical role in the pathway to emerging and established collegiate recovery programs.
Through these efforts, approximately 2.5 million students now have access to the recovery supports they need. Our goal is to ensure that no individual will have to choose between their recovery and their educational goals.
Our current grant cycle is closed, however we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in starting a collegiate recovery program on your campus.
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Resources from both private and public sectors are essential to funding our initiatives and accelerating the rate of change in how we support youth recovery in the United States.
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Our Second Edition asset-based community development field guide for early stage collegiate recovery efforts at institutions of higher education is now available!