2018 IDEA Grant Recipient - Jessika Bottiani


The R-CITY Model: Erasing Racism and Violence through Collaborative Intervention with Teachers and Youth

Abstract: Exposure to racism and discrimination (R/D) has been associated with subsequent aggressive and violent behavior among young people. Yet existing interventions to prevent youth violence tend to overlook inclusion of elements to prevent exposure to R/D. For example, an existing, evidence-based intervention for secondary school students, called Coping Power, delivers culturally-adapted content for Black youth in Baltimore City focused on social-emotional learning competencies, but does not specifically address racism. Other work by our research team has developed a teacher training and coaching model, Double Check, which aims to promote equity in schools. The integration of Coping Power and Double Check provides a foundation for infusing new R/D prevention elements for students and teachers. However, a deeper knowledge of the local perspectives is needed to sharpen existing content and explicitly address racism. We propose to collect qualitative data through focus groups and interviews with students, teachers, and administrators in Baltimore City schools, which in turn will be used to develop an integrated student-teacher intervention called “The R-CITY Model: Erasing Racism and Violence through Collaborative Intervention with Teachers and Youth”. This intervention is also the focus of a NIMHD R01 application currently in preparation for submission.