JoAnn Sartorius, L.I.S.W.
Prevention New Mexico, L.L.C.
Consultation - Training - Program Management
(505) 660-6556 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Wellness Action Team (S.W.A.T.) is a youth empowerment program that is directed through the Santa Fe New Mexico Public Schools' Department of Wellness and is active in thirteen different schools -- public, charter and private. Members are self-selected and commit to regular meetings at school, training events addressing peer-to-peer helping and youth issues, and service and advocacy work in their schools and community throughout the school year. School groups work both independently and with other S.W.A.T. groups to promote positive, healthy behaviors among their peers by engaging them in fun, pro-social activities.
S.W.A.T. students are peer-to-peer helpers, peer educators, youth policy advocates, leaders and role models in their schools and communities. They are youth who care and want to make a difference! As part of S.W.A.T. they acquire a network of like-minded friends, trusted and supportive adults, and a set of skills and accomplishments that will carry through to other aspects of their immediate and future lives.
S.W.A.T. groups are busy! They identify needs and then let their passion drive them to engage in activities that address those needs. As state legislators convene, their focus may be promotion of laws that fight drunk driving. As prom approaches, they may do a school-wide campaign addressing teen dating violence. Bullying, drop-out prevention, distracted driving, suicide prevention, substance abuse, stress and depression are just a few of the concerns that motivate the S.W.A.T. teams.