Wyman Center received a $150,000 grant from the global office of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. The grant will support the national expansion of Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) which provides crucial support and opportunities that enable adolescents to avoid risky behaviors while building life skills and a sense of purpose.
The grant was one among only 12 major grants world-wide and one of only three made in the U.S. by RMHC. RMHC’s support will support Wyman’s train-the-trainer model, help to further implement quality improvement processes and enhance virtual training tools.
“We are grateful for the support of RMHC,” said Dave Hilliard, CEO of Wyman, the nearly 115-year-old youth nonprofit organization. “The funds will be used to grow the number of program facilitators in Wyman’s National Network to 2,500 with training that ensures TOP® is faithfully replicated, so that over 50,000 teens and their communities are positively impacted by the program’s proven outcomes, this year.”
Wyman’s TOP® promotes positive development in teens aged 12-18 through evidence-based curriculum and community service learning. Proven to reduce risk of school dropout, course failure, teen pregnancy and school suspension, TOP® helps teens build skills like communication, goal-setting and self-control to support a successful transition into adulthood.
Wyman’s TOP® has been cited as a “best practice” that is proven to work by experts in the field of teen development including The Brookings Institution, the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health and the National Dropout Prevention Center, among others.
To learn more about RMHC, visit www.rmhc.org.