WRaP Report September 19 2017 (FINAL)Wellness, Resiliency and Partnerships Project
Researchers have identified that currently; there are more students in classrooms with varied and complex mental health issues than in the past. (Lean and Colucci, 2010). Schools are called upon to identify and support students at risk with little knowledge of the interplay between risks, protective factors and the outcomes of strategies and supports.
During the 2009/10 school year, the Wellness, Resiliency, and Partnerships (WRaP) project was initiated through funding by Alberta Education as part of the FASD Cross Ministry Committee’s 10 Year Strategic Plan. WRaP aimed to support youth diagnosed or suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in junior and senior high schools throughout the province of Alberta. Using a Success Coach model the WRaP project continued to provide innovative, collaborative, relational based supports to students, their families, and schools for the next several years. The project specifically targeted junior and senior high school students in partnering schools throughout the province of Alberta and aimed to maximize school engagement, increase academic success and enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of students. Starting in the second year of the WRaP project, Success Coaches collected data for each student involved in the project including diagnostic status, grade, home setting involvement, extracurricular activities involvement, course completion, number of suspensions from school, and student attendance. In 2017, the final year of the WRaP project, 16 success coaches supported 394 students diagnosed or suspected of having FASD in 27 schools.
External evaluations were completed throughout the lifespan of the WRaP project. These are shared on this site for public use and interest.