$2.4 Million Awarded to MNPS by US Dept. of Ed. for Social Services
Metro Nashville Public Schools has been awarded a more-than $2.4 Million grant ($2,470,699) from the US Department of Education. The Project Prevent grant will help Metro Nashville expand it’s capacity to help students with social services, such as counseling, and a safer school environment. Metro Nashville was one of 22 who were awarded funding out of 120 districts that applied.
Metro Schools plans to use the funds to help fill gaps in social services in the district, by providing school-based metal health services through the addition of staff and training for all current employees. The district plans on making these additions to the schools with the highest poverty rates first before expanding the program to others.
This grant address a critical goal of President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which is to ensure that schools can provide the social, emotional, and behavioral supports for all youth, including boys and young men of color, that will enable all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers. Metro Nashville Public Schools was one of the nation’s 60 largest school districts to join the program.