Project aware

Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education 

Battle Ground Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, families, and staff. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Project AWARE is a partnership between the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Battle Ground Public Schools, Shelton School District and Marysville School District. Each district will work to:

  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth.
  • Provide training for school personnel, families and community members to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults. 
  • Connect youth and families with needed services. 

These districts will work together over the next five years to develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated program to advance wellness and resilience in education settings for school-aged youth.  

Project AWARE Goals: 

  • Improve overall school climate
  • Promote positive mental health among youth and families
  • Increase mental health literacy of school personnel and other adults
  • Increase access to school and community-based mental health services
  • Build the capacity and leadership to sustain community-based mental health promotion, prevention, early identification, and treatment services

Creating a foundation for better schools

Data Collection

BGPS is currently administering several climate surveys to students, families and staff. This information, combined with results from the Healthy Youth Survey, gives the district valuable information to identify needs and areas for support.  

Students in grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 will be asked to participate in a brief, 15-minute school climate survey at the end of February 2017. These surveys will be anonymous and are designed to provide information on school climate, school and community safety, and student behavior. Parents of these grade levels and staff will also be asked to complete a similar online survey.  Please click the links below for additional information.  

Project AWARE Survey FAQ

Please notify your school by February 22 if you wish to excuse your child from participating in the survey, or complete the online opt out form.

Staff & Community Development

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Staff and community members are important participants in the development of safe and healthy environments for youth. Project AWARE provides opportunities for community members and staff to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid, a training designed to teach caring citizens how to help youth who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or are in crisis. Training is being scheduled.