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The Upstream Portfolio is a collection of locally implemented evidence-based and evidence-informed practices. You can search for practices based on local service area, target demographic, level of evidence/evaluation, community priorities addressed, current implementers and current funders. 

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  • 10,000 Degrees utilizes a 14-year student engagement model aimed at low-income youth that combines renewable scholarships and financial aid management with an intensive evidence-based curriculum of coaching and support that doesn’t just get students into college — it gets them through. 

  • 2-1-1 Sonoma County is a real time telephone and web-based system that allows users to find program and contact information about services in the community.

  • A Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling for older adults but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear.

  • Art is a research based approach for working with challenging youth. Through group meetings, the program helps youth to improve social skills, control anger and improve moral reasoning. 

  • The AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program provides weekly three-hour classes to low-income Latino parents who have children under age 3 and includes early education for the children.

  • Avid is an elementary through post secondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters makes and monitors meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

  • Breast feeding Peer Counseling increases the exclusivity and duration og exclusive breastfeeding in the Wic population through the services provided by peer counselors. Participants receive regular phone calls prenatally from the peer counselor followed by six months of postnatal individual and group breastfeeding support.

  • Operation Access serves low-income, uninsured Bay Area residents living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo,Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. 

  • The California State Preschool Program provides high-quality education for disadvantaged children ages 3 to 4 to improve their capacity for future success in school and in life. 

  • Cares Plus is a professional development program for early educators designed to improve the quality of early learning programs by focusing on increasing the quality, effectiveness and retention of early educators. 

  • The purpose of the Casa program is to ensure that abused and neglected children receive high-quality, sensitive, effective and timely  representation in court hearings to determine their guardianship. 

  • The Center for Economic Success has been designed following best practices to ensure maximum feasibility of exposure to the work supports offered through Community Action Partnership Center for Economic Success.

  • The goal of CACFP is to improve the health of young children through improved nutrition served by child care providers and preschools.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a type of therapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors.It is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety.

  • Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a video-based, psychoeducational program designed to assist divorcing or divorced parents in reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influenced the child's post-divorce adjustment. 

  • Coping Cat is a cognitive behavioral treatment that assists children aged 7-13 in (1) recognizing anxious feelings and physical reactions to anxiety; (2) clarifying cognition in anxiety-provoking situations (i.e., unrealistic expectations); (3) developing a plan to help cope with the situation (i.e., determining what coping actions might be effective); and (4) evaluating performance and administering self-reinforcement as appropriate. 

  • The mission of Roseland University Prep is to offer students a college going culture in a small learning community. 

  • The Double Punches Program is designed to address the physical health benefits of our clients as well as promote pro social behaviors. The Boxing club setting is a social outlet and place of safety.
  • DTQI is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention to address depressive symptoms among adolescents.

  • Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! is a United Way led coalition of local nonprofits, public and private organizations partnering to provide free income tax assistance and financial education for moderate to low income individuals or families earning $53,000 and under.

  • El Puente is a gang prevention and intervention program that provides services for Spanish and English speaking youth ages 6 - 18 and their families. 

  • Expressive Arts is an intervention for bereaved youth that helps youth gain a sense of community, learn to articulate progress they make coping with grief and develop long-term coping skills to healthfully manage grief.

  • Families in Action is a community-based intervention for middle & high school-aged youth designed to increase protective factors that prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; irresponsible sexual behavior; and violence.

  • Family Child Care Home Education Networks (Fcchen) are programs funded by the California Department of Education (Cde) to provide high-quality education based subsidized child care and support services to eligible families.

  • Emerging out of several decades of local organizing and evolving partnerships, the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (Fjcsc) has raised a visible flag in northern California declaring that this region is freeing itself from the ravages of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, dating violence and stalking. 

  • Family Therapy is a highly successful family intervention program for at-risk youth ages 10-18. This model works within the family to transform maladaptive coping mechanisms, building positive skills and connections for youth to resources that will match their particular risks and needs.
  • Forget Me Not Children’s Services offers a vocational training and mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 14 – 18 years of age. Often these are children who have participated in the Forget Me Not Farm’s therapeutic program, however in 2016 the vocational program opened up to any at-risk teen in need of mentoring within the community.

  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an empirically grounded and highly successful family intervention program for at-risk youth ages 10-18. 

  • The Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach program is a community wide gang prevention program that attempts to intervene with youths at risk of gang involvement.

  • The Gateway to Quality program was launched to provide external validation of Environment Rating Scale (Ers) scoring improvements for First 5 Mini-grant applications.

  • The Girls Circle model integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. 

  • The Grade Level Proficiency Project (GLPP) is a comprehensive professional development classroom-based coaching program for teachers in grades 1-3 with students who have below grade level proficiency in reading and math. 

  • The Guiding Good Choices intervention is a five-session curriculum that addresses preventing substance abuse in the family, setting clear family expectations regarding drugs and alcohol, avoiding trouble, managing family conflict, and strengthening family bonds. 

  • Living with and ongoing health condition such as diabetes, obesity, arthritis or anxiety doesn't mean you have to be ruled by it.

  • Healthy Earth, Healthy Bodies is an elementary school field trip program run by Sonoma County Regional Parks which focuses on connecting students with where their food comes from and how that affects both their own health and the health of the environment. 

  • Healthy for Life is a school-based physical activity and nutrition program administered through the Community Benefit department of St. Joseph Health-Sonoma. 

  • Healthy Ideas is a community depression program designed to identify and reduce the severity of depressive symptoms in older adults with chronic health conditions and functional limitations. 

  • Healthy Meals for Healthy Communities, Ceres Community Project’s core program, builds healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others and the earth. Key facets of our approach include the following: (1) supporting individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and a community of caring; (2) involving teens as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience on the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make, and of their own capacity to contribute, while building life skills and workforce readiness; (3) educating the broader community, including health professionals, about the connection between fresh, healthy food, strong social networks, healing and wellness; and (4) connecting people of all ages and from all walks of life to one another, and to their value as an integral part of the community.

  • iDo26.2 is a walking/running program designed to encourage regular student physical activity and it requires goal setting, focus and endurance to be successful. 

  • Imagine You workshops help individuals create an Image of Health that represents how they feel when they imagine themselves as they most want to be. 

  • An evidence-based treatment for perinatal mood or anxiety disorder PMAD is Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

  • Kid Scoop News prepares the next generation of literate and engaged youth. 

  • The Latino Service Providers (Lsp) works with community partners to engage, collaborate, and exchange valuable information; to increase awareness of available resources, access to programs and services; to influence public policy, delivery of services, enhance inter-agency communication; and to promote professional development within the Latino population.

  • The goal of LifeLong Connections Program is to engage in intensive family finding effects as a way to identify individuals with a connection to youth in out of home care and then to create opportunities for relationships to develop and ultimately for exits to permanency occur. 

  • You can control your diabetes and make a difference in your health..

  • Utilizing the Strengthening Families Framework, the Sonoma County Maternal-Child Health Field Nursing Program (MCHFN) partners with families during pregnancy and early childhood to build five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence.

  • The Mike Hauser Algebra Academy (MHAA) helps English language learning students grasp algebra concepts by offering them a direct learning experience on-site at various STEM-related companies.
  • The Mothers and Babies Course is a preventive, mood-management course for pregnant women and mothers in the first 12 months postpartum who are at high risk for perinatal depression.

  • Motivational Interviewing (Mi) is a goal-directed, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavioral change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.

  • Voices Sonoma's My Life program provides emancipating foster youth with a team of mentors who support young people's progress towards setting and meeting long-term goals.

  • Students are trained in oral history interviewing and active listening to hear experiences, advice, and wisdom from people in their community.

  • North Bay Organizing Project (Nbop) employs community organizing as its core process.  Community organizing is a democratically-governed, values-driven process that catalyzes the power of individuals to work collectively to make the changes they want to see in their communities.  

  • The Nurse-Family Partnership (Nfp) program provides home visits by registered nurses to first-time, low-income mothers, beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday.

  • The Sonoma County Padres Unidos (Parents United) program is an effort to provide education and support to recently immigrated monolingual Latino parents of high-risk youth. 

  • The Pcoms (Partners for Change Outcome Management System) consists of the utilization of scales developed to track client progress and perception of the therapeutic alliance over the course of treatment. 

  • Pasitos was created when the need was identified among the Spanish-speaking families for programming directed at 3-year olds and their parents. Pasitos was modeled on the informal play group, where mothers meet weekly with their children at each others’ homes to provide opportunities for socializing for both parent and child.

  • Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ Professional Development: Arts Integration Tools for Teachers is a locally relevant arts education program for teachers, and is aligned with a nationwide model to enhance professional learning for K-12 teachers that was developed by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center). 

  • Project Learn provides enhanced learning and reinforces the application of skills learned in the classroom in an after-school environment at Boys & Girls Clubs. The components of the program include homework help and learning opportunities that are woven into daily enrichment and academic activities. Boys & Girls Clubs caring staff is necessary to engage youth in the Project Learn program so that children receive the full spectrum of positive benefits from the program.

  • Project Sam (School Attendance Mediation) was designed as an early intervention to prevent truancy in elementary grades when patterns of school absenteeism, created by family circumstances, are first noticed. 

  • Project Success (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students) is designed to prevent and reduce substance use among students 12 to 18 years of age.

  • Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.

  • The Road to the Early Achievement and Development of Youth (Ready) is a cross-sector partnership guided by the vision of local collective impact initiatives, Upstream Investments and Cradle to Career.

  • Rent Right is a twice-weekly financial literacy course (13 classes) designed to help homeless adults identify and take the steps necessary to find rental housing in Sonoma County or to relocate to a less expensive area. 

  • Restorative justice brings together offenders and their victims, and includes family members and other persons who are impacted by the crime, in a powerful encounter called a "restorative conference."

  • Safe Dates is a school-based prevention program for middle and high school students designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence victimization and perpetration, including the psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that may occur between youths involved in a dating relationship. 

  • Safe School Ambassadors incorporates established principles of youth development and prevention, as well as emerging research and field experience.

  • The overall goal of Sceniq– Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry program is to develop the skills and knowledge students and families need to enjoy nature-based recreational activities on a regular basis which will develop in our young people a lifelong passion for the outdoors.

  • School Based Mentoring helps children build self-confidence, learn positive behaviors, and avoid potential pitfalls, such as drugs and gangs. 

  • The goal of Uwwc's School Readiness Backpack Program is to foster family engagement to support kindergarten readiness.  The backpacks aim to provide parents with the education and resources they need to successfully carry out their role as their child's first and most important teacher. 

  • The goal of the School Smile Program is to reduce dental decay and dental decay disparities among children in grades K-8 by providing classroom dental education, dental health assessments, fluoride varnish application, sealant placement, and referrals for treatment. 

  • Schools of Hope is an early intervention model for children who struggle with reading.

  • Seeking Safety is a present-focused treatment for clients with a history of trauma and substance abuse. 

  • Seneca was founded in 1985 as an agency committed to unconditional care based on the foundation of love and learning. Using unconditional care, youth are never discharged from service “for showing behavior that originally led to their referral for treatment or placement”. 

  • Founded in 1985 as a small residential and day treatment program for foster youth with the most challenging behavioral and mental health needs, Seneca Family of Agencies has enacted its mission to “serve children and families through the most difficult times of their lives” by building a comprehensive continuum of care in 12 California counties.

  • Smart Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and avoid premature sexual activity. 

  • Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. 

  • Positive Youth Development develops competence, confidence, character, connection and caring in Sonoma County Youth.

  • Sonoma County 4-H STEM curriculum promotes the value and use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Sonoma County Youth.

  • The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (Scyec) is the workforce component of the Workforce Investment Act (Wia) Youth Education & Employment Services (Yees) program. Scyec provides workforce training and ecosystem education aimed at employing youth and young adults while teaching environmental stewardship. 

  • The Southwest Santa Rosa Family Resource Centers partner with schools and parents to offer neighborhood-based early and comprehensive support for parents/caregivers and their children, age 0-18. 

  • Structured Decision Making is a comprehensive case management system for Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS workers employ objective assessment procedures at major case decision points from intake to reunification to improve child welfare decision-making. 

  • The Summer Reading and Writing Academy is a concentrated summer reading and writing intervention program for students exiting grades 1-3 who are below grade level proficiency in reading skills. 

  • Summer Search is a year-round program that offers mentoring, scholarships to summer experiences, and college advising to students beginning their sophomore year of high school. 

  • Tackling the Tough Skills is a fun, innovative and highly interactive life skills curriculum published by University of Missouri Extension to help hard-to-reach adults prepare for success in work and life. 

  • The Tallk project provides preschool teachers with training and coaching in specific strategies for interacting with English learner children to support language acquisition. 

  • Ceres Community Project, a grass-roots organization founded in 2007, is committed to building healthy communities by restoring whole, local and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to others and the earth. 

  • The Teen Parent Connections (Tcp)/Adolescent Family Life Program (Aflp) provides continuous case management to pregnant and/or parenting adolescents and their infants within a comprehensive local network of services and resources with the goals of reducing the incidence of poor pregnancy outcomes, subsequent pregnancies, and assisting them in improving the quality of their health, social, and economic well-being.

  • Teen Services Sonoma provides at-risk teens with work readiness services and on-the-job training, job placement services, and coaching, which instill confidence and empower them for employment and life success. 

  • TeenNat is a workplace internship program where diverse youth ages 13-18 learn about natural resource careers through participation in scientific research. 

  • In collaboration with providers and families, The Consultation Project will support children's successful participation in their early care and education setting.  Providers will receive training and support in using and integrating evidence-based and best practice in early care and education.  Providers will receive resources and referrals to additional professional and educational organizations. Children will be assessed to identify strengths and challenges, including any underlying developmental needs that effect their ability to learn and socialize successfully Children will be retained in appropriate early care and education settings. Families will be connected with appropriate developmental, health, mental health, and/ or parenting resources as needed to support their child's needs and family health/ functioning.

  • The Council is designed in the evidence-based principles of Motivational Interviewing and Strengths-Based approaches that target resiliency and protective factors, in addition to stimulating critical thinking and moral reasoning through experiential activities and guided discussions. 

  • TOOLBOX™ is a kindergarten through 6th grade program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success. 

  • Thp-Plus will serve to meet the goals on the Transitional Independent Living Plan (Tlp), through coordination of Independent Living Plan (Ilp) services with the youth’s Ilp coordinator and other community and public partners in order to facilitate successful transitioning of former foster youth to independent living, and reduce incidents of homelessness, incarceration, and unplanned pregnancy among former foster youth.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Tf-Cbt) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat post-traumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. 

  • Tribes is a program that promotes social and academic development by creating a positive learning environment.

  • The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. 

  • Primary 3 Teen Triple P provides parents with a broad focused parenting support intervention on a one-to-one basis  for parents of teenagers up to 16 years of age. 

  • Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul is one of Boys and Girls Clubs national programs that is designed to demonstrate how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle for Club members ages 6-18. 

  • The TAM Program is a free after-school tutoring and mentoring program designed to serve "at-risk" and "high-risk" students in second through sixth grades by providing primary and secondary prevention services year round, through TAM's  structured educational, recreational and cultural services which encourages and strengthens developmental assets in the TAM students. 

  • Value in Preschool (Vip) supports preschool families, teachers and administrators throughout Sonoma County.

  • The Santa Rosa Chamber promotes Wheel (Worksite Held Employee English Learning) Plus: Family-Friendly Workplace Policies is a program to educate the business community about the importance of family-friendly policies and services and the associated benefits. 

  • Community Action Partnership has designed and maintained a system of Oral Health Prevention and Early Intervention for the county’s WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) population. 

  • MAYi's goal is to provide those youth of lesser economic circumstances the opportunity to engage in the extensive benefits that the martial arts have to offer. 

  • Youth Connections uses a comprehensive and integrated approach to ensure that young adults who have dropped out of school are prepared to achieve their educational, career and life goals.

  • The mission of Sunny Hills Services’ YouThrive program is to build prosocial skills and resilience of youth who are at risk of increased delinquency, crime and gang involvement. 

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