NISWS outperforms state run hotlines.
Despite the best of intentions, the statewide youth hotline in Florida received less than 125 calls in a full year of operation. An investigative article (Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Fla.: Sept. 6, 2003. pg. B.1) confirms that throwing extra funding at the problem hasn't been the answer.
The NISWS hotline approach is more effective because it is fundamentally different from other youth hotlines. We believe the commitment, promotion and goals of the hotline must be focused on saving kids rather than making an arrest. It distinctly CANNOT be a 'zero-tolerance' program. Giving students a safe way to begin doing the right thing is an integral part of the NISWS 'character building' program.
Does our approach work? In a single one of the many school districts where we've set up a full hotline program, we have handled more calls than that state-run hotline in just half a year. Beyond the stronger numbers, those calls have also had results. Our objective is to find opportunities to save lives and futures - our methods work.
But those are only the most obvious differences. Contact us today to learn how your district can show it cares deeply about student welfare.
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