Risk & Protective Factors

Risk factors are the hurdles that hinder success and protective factors are shields to reduce the impact of the risk factors. Every student has a combination of risk and protective factors among their friends, within their families, schools and communities. Our PDs identify and address risk factors through social emotional learning (SEL) skills and strategies. SEL is a process through which children and adults adopt the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set, and achieve positive goals, feel, and show empathy for others, establish, and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

We recognize that SEL skills and good mental health are critical in helping youth to make positive lifestyle choices. Most schools are teaching SEL, but the impact is not producing the desired results. In an effort to support the family-school-community partnership, click on “family” to listen to part 1 and “school” for part 2 of Charisse’s latest podcast, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her book, At-risk Students Transforming Student Behavior. ***TRIGGER WARNING***

Family life may be experiencing a disconnect with school. Many parents/guardians are focused on survival or have had bad experiences in school. Some may feel ill-equipped to help their children navigate school due to cultural and language barriers. They may also need help understanding the resources available to support them and their children. Along with the resources, value and acceptance from their child’s school will matter most in the long term.

Today’s classrooms include student populations that are increasingly diverse, and many students may not be experiencing success in school. For example, recent immigrants, children with mental illness, and ESL learners, are the mainstream. Keep in mind that students who struggle are often as ambitious as their counterparts. Therefore, genuine invitations from school are important and help parents in need to become strong teaching partners.


Community is the combination of family and school. If there is an imbalance between home and school, the community is negatively impacted, and may result in the onset of violence. Risk factors increase the likelihood that a young person will become violent. However, they are not the direct cause of youth violence. For more insight on identifying and addressing risk and protective factors, At-risk Students Transforming Student Behavior, may be a helpful resource.

By fully implementing effective programs and concise policies, the family-school-community partnership becomes equipped to educate and transform the lives globally.

Risk Factors Area Protective Factors
Academic Failure School Educational Support
Lack of Adult Supervision Family Effective Parenting
Poverty Community Community Resources
History of Trauma Community Community Resources
At-risk Caregivers Family Effective Parenting
Mental Illness Family Community Resources
Social Deficits School Educational Interventions
Our training is aligned with the social emotional learning (SEL) framework and consists of 5 modules:


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