Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has provided four years of funding (2011-2015) to further scale up the Fourth R programs nationally, with an emphasis on adapting them for local contexts. The four main objectives of this project are to:

  1. Increase youths’ well-being and connectedness and decrease violence through healthy relationship skills
  2. Increase the well-being and connectedness of Aboriginal youth through culturally-enhanced programming to promote healthy relationships
  3. Increase parents’ awareness, self-efficacy, and skills with respect to taking a more active role in countering the negative socialization of media violence issues with their children
  4. Increase the competency and self-efficacy of teacher candidates in promoting youth well-being through relationship skills

The grant began with sites in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, and has expanded to include Nunavut and Alberta. Major evaluations related to this grant include a randomized control trial (RCT) of the Grade 8 Fourth R in Saskatchewan, three-year longitudinal studies in Ontario and Saskatchewan to identify Aboriginal youths’ pathways of success and resiliency during their transition to high school and the impact of our programming, a qualitative evaluation of Aboriginal youths’ experiences with Fourth R programming, an evaluation of the Fourth R Parent Media Violence Workshop, and an evaluation of a Safe Schools Course for teacher candidates in Ontario.