Reconnecting Youth is dedicated to researching, developing, testing and disseminating prevention programs for youth at risk and to training those who use our programs to implement them with fidelity. Our award-winning programs have been recognized for over a decade as models for evidence-based prevention and are included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Our company has received generous support to develop and test our programs and the effectiveness of our training from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the US Department of Education.
We are confident that together we can make significant gains in assisting youth to succeed in school and in life.
Mr. Valencia is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the RY Company and has over 20 years working in the area of school-based prevention. Mr. Valencia has worked extensively implementing the RY & CAST Curricula throughout school districts, community-based organizations, and child welfare services. He has served as a coordinator for Reconnecting Youth for 15 years for Tulare County Office of Education and has promoted the company on a national level with the U.S. Department of Education and SAMHSA.
Lets motivate our youth!
Dr. Leona L. Eggert, PhD, RN, FAAN:
Dr. Leona Eggert co-developed Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills (RY) and Coping and Support Training (CAST) with Ms. Liela Nicholas. During her years as a member of the faculty at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, WA, Leona received extensive funding from NIDA, NIMH, and the U.S. Department of Education to test RY (Reconnecting Youth) and CAST (Coping And Support Training: A Road Map for Teen Groups). Leona’s work experience includes child/adolescent psychosocial nursing, and she is a certified health educator and school nurse. Leona is the author of Anger Management for Youth: Stemming Aggression and Violence, and the principle author of the RY and CAST curricula, as well as The Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for Washington State. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters about her work with at-risk youth. Leona is a University of Washington Professor Emeritus and is co-owner and President of Reconnecting Youth Inc. Leona’s work exemplifies a life dedicated to helping at-risk youth, their families, and their communities.
Liela J. Nicholas, BSc, MEd:
Ms. Nicholas is the co-developer of the RY and the CAST curricula. Liela worked as a high school counselor for more than 25 years with adolescents, their parents, and teachers. Her success with at-risk youth and their parents is reflected in the many publications that she has co-authored with Dr. Leona Eggert. Liela has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to the Reconnecting Youth (RY) Program and for many years was the Lead Trainer for the RY program.
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Reconnecting Youth & CAST Programs, LLC
PO Box 20343
Seattle, WA 98102