Description of Organization
The Insight Project for Kids (IP4K) partners with Chicago public schools in divested neighborhoods to co-create healthy learning environments for educators and students through school-based conflict resolution and stress management training. IP4K aims to teach at-risk youth sustainable techniques for managing stress and conflict in daily life. IP4K’s programming impacts youth through social, emotional, and behavioral intervention as well as skills development. The core program, Stress Management Solutions (SMS), uses various techniques to teach at-risk elementary school students such skills as impulse control, self-motivation, perspective-taking and empathy, conflict resolution, and more. SMS operates in partnership with over forty Chicago public schools, offering workshops to students throughout the school day.
In 2021, a special COVID-19 Operational Grant of $7,000 was awarded in order to support the expenditures necessary to proceed with remote learning of The Insight Project for Kids Stress Management Solutions. The COVID-19 Impact: In early 2020, The Insight Project for Kids in-person classroom programs to 1,200 Latin-X students in Title 1 (low-income) schools in Chicago were canceled due to the pandemic. Additionally, the grantee was scheduled to host an afterschool book-writing class for at-risk youth which was also cancelled.
In 2019, A grant was awarded for $2,500 to offer SMS programming in spring 2020 at Columbia Explorers Academy, a public elementary school in the city of Chicago. The program will operate twice a week over the course of three to four weeks. Staff will meet with students, ages 6-13, in small groups for one hour at a time. Instructors will utilize IP4K’s Social and Emotional Learning curriculum, which teaches stress management tools in an environment that encourages peer-to-peer learning.