STOP School Violence Grant: Million Dollar 3 Year Project

The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The STOP School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve K-12 school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence and ensure a positive school climate. 

The Four Participating Comprehensive High Schools

How were the 4 schools selected to participate in this 3-year project? 

Demographic data at the time the grant was written:

For the four high schools selected, over 80% of the students are minorities, with African American at about 50% and Hispanic at about 34%.

Poverty data at the time the grant was written:

At the time the grant was submitted two project schools received Community Eligibility Provision, a USDA program providing resources in poverty-stricken areas to offer free meals to all students. The other two schools had Free and Reduced Meal rates exceeding 60%.

Graduation rate at the time the grant was written:

The four schools’ mean graduation rate at the time was about 80.5%, which represented a -6.5% gap from the state.

Community crime rate at the time the grant was written:

Durham has a violent crime rate of 687/100,000, which exceeds the state and nation by 45%.

Discipline data at the time the grant was written:

Within the four project high schools, total incidents of school discipline double the district, with 9.8% school disciplinary incidents (per 1,000 students), 2 bomb threats, and 13% of all incidents reported as an assault on school personnel.

To accomplish the objective, the project has five primary activities centered on preventing school violence:

(Area 1) Train school personnel,

(Area 2) Provide specialized training to select school staff,

(area 3) Train students and their caregivers,

(Area 4) Evaluate the effectiveness of school personnel trainings, and

(Area 5) Evaluate the effectiveness of student and caregiver trainings.

The strategies proposed are evidence based and are proven effective to provide the following benefits: (1) reduce violence, (2) improve school climate, and (3) create an environment that fosters learning.

How will the 5 objectives be measured:

Objectives will be measured through the BJA Students, Teachers, Officers Preventing School Violence Program Performance Measures document cited in the FOA.

AREA 1- Train School personnel (including school resource officers) on how to respond to threats of violence and prevent violence on campus.


Training curriculum will include SaferSaner Schools, SEL, as well as the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), trauma-informed, and restorative justice.

AREA 2: Train select school staff to be a school resource on specialized strategies to reduce student violence and respond to on-campus mental health crises.


AREA 3: Train students and parents/caregivers how to prevent school violence and respond to mental health crises.


AREA 4: Evaluate the effectiveness of school personnel trainings (AREA 1).


Project effectiveness at increasing school personnel content knowledge on responding to threats of violence and preventing violence on campus.

AREA 5: Evaluate the effectiveness of project efforts to reduce juvenile violence in and around schools.


Project effectiveness at preventing school violence and juvenile violence in the community.


How Information Will Be Used to Guide and Evaluate the Project’s Impact

A data/evaluation plan will be created focusing on continuous improvement and accountability for all aspects of the project, including:

(1) defining problems and goals,

(2) developing an action plan,

(3) implementing and monitoring strategies,

(4) evaluating attainment of goals, and

(5) providing feedback for developing the next action plan based on prior results.