Tailoring and Expanding Wellness Supports for OppNet Fellows: Improved Check-Ins and Resource Sharing for Our Students

Wants to improve its Fellows program, which provides services to New York City youth from the summer after 10th-grade through college graduation.

Opportunity Network (OppNet) provides its participants with individualized college guidance, career exposure, one-on-one support through college, and five summers of paid internship or enrichment programming. However, the organization does not have a timely way to identify their students’ need for health and wellness intervention outside of a crisis. To address this need, OppNet will update how staff check for wellness among its in-college fellows, including providing staff training on how to recognize behaviors and language that could indicate deeper problems, as well as how to subsequently provide direct interventions or referrals to the social work department. Finally, OppNet will standardize how it collects student wellness data so that a formal system may be created to provide quick, appropriate care to its participants.

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