Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is an expansion and update of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. The WSCC incorporates the components of CSH and the tenets of the ASCD’s* whole child approach to strengthen a unified and collaborative methodology to learning and health. The WSCC model focuses its attention on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community. Grants are available to schools throughout the 7 counties of the Northern New Jersey region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren) to create healthier school environments. Through these grants the Center’s School Health team hopes to improve student and staff wellness by increasing opportunities for enhanced lifestyle choices. The School Health Project at the Center is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, administered by the New Jersey Department of Health, Child and Adolescent Health Program.
Contact Our School Health Team:
- Northern Region Grant Manager: Ashley Caine – School Health Specialist – 908-747-1142 [email protected]
Current Northern Region Grantee Schools and their Focus
- Chancellor Avenue School – Essex County, Family Engagement
- Halsted Middle School – Sussex County, Social and Emotional School Climate
- Joseph H. Brensinger – Hudson County, Physical Education & Physical Activity
- Teaneck High School – Bergen County, Community Involvement
- Union City High School – Hudson County, Social and Emotional School Climate
- West Caldwell Technology School – Essex County, Social and Emotional School Climate
Youth Leadership Camp Weekend
Our annual Youth Leadership Camp is a jam packed weekend including outdoor activities, leadership training opportunities, team building exercises and personal growth at the Fairview Lake YMCA Camp in Stillwater, NJ. Middle and high school students from an array of schools from Perth Amboy to Vernon Township are chosen to attend the three day-two night camp. Students participate in activities such as: archery, boating, tie dye, and small group training workshops led by a keynote speaker each year. With each group led by a returning camp alumni this weekend truly focuses on growth and bonding with students both as members of a team and individually as leaders. This dynamic reinforces the importance of being stakeholders in each other’s lives. One student shared “I loved how everyone cooperated and didn’t feel embarrassed to talk their hearts out”. With the help of returning campers (now enrolled in college), the YMCA camp staff, and adult chaperones the students feel safe and comfortable to open themselves up to experiences they may not have otherwise. One chaperone stated “the best part of the weekend is watching students step up and lead their peers. As well as watching former students volunteer their time to help current students. Some of these students are more involved now than they were when they were in high school and that shows true growth”. As the students load the buses and vehicles to head home each year it is clear to see the impression this weekend leaves on them written in the smiles across all of their faces and the final hugs they share with their new friends. “This was the most fun I have ever had!” “The only thing that would have made this weekend better was if it lasted forever”.
Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools
The Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools Training is a two-day workshop designed by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) and facilitated by The Center for Prevention and Counseling’s School Health Team. During this workshop parents are trained on how to become champions for healthy schools by learning how health promotes achievement in school and life, understanding how their school district works, discovering the important role of parents in shaping school environments and acquiring the tools to make a difference in their schools. Throughout the training parents are given the resources needed to construct an appropriate action plan that addresses a specific need within their child’s school. They are then provided the information and guidance on how to create and present these proposals efficiently and effectively to their school’s administration. At the end of each training teams are led through the process of applying for a $1,000 mini grant to implement their action plan the following school year. “It was great to share and learn from other parents. The information presented was timely and concise. Excellent Work! Thank you.” Previous Parent Champion