About

Vision

Aurora Public Schools AWARE aims to build capacity for a comprehensive school behavioral health system that supports every student in reaching his or her fullest potential.

Mission

Aurora Public Schools AWARE aims to provide coordinated, data-driven systems for supporting the emotional and behavioral health, wellness, and resilience of our students, families and the community.

About Aurora AWARE

The AWARE grant originated from the Now is The Time (NITT) initiative through the Federal Government which took place after the Sandy Hook tragedy. NITT was designed to increase awareness of mental health issues among school age youth. As AWARE coaches, our job is to empower and advise youth-serving adults so that they can better provide coordinated, data-driven systems for supporting the emotional and behavioral health, wellness, and resilience of our students, families, and community.

By September of 2019 when the grant ends the team will have:

  • A course sequence in Behavior as Content that is accessible to all new APS staff
  • ASIST certification process for all mental health and counseling staff
  • PREPaRE certification process for all mental health and counseling staff
  • YMHFA training available to all staff, community members, and parents
  • SOS delivered to every 6th and 9th grader in APS
  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) built into the MTSS system in all APS schools

A systematic referral system in place to connect students and families with community-based mental health.