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Socio-Cultural Factors in Mental Health

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The Gentlemen’s Academy (GA) is a six-week intensive program designed specifically for young men between the ages of 12-17 that are considered at-risk. At-risk criteria include conduct disorders, exposure to violence, drug and alcohol use, general life stressors, and physical violence and aggression. GA combines group and individual mental health sessions, computer based academic curriculum, physical fitness training, job readiness, as well as community service.

The mental health component, Mindful Men at Promise (MMAP) focused on appropriate self-expression, conflict resolution, mindfulness awareness, interpersonal skills, as well as overall resiliency. Group and individual sessions were provided weekly to all participants focusing on the above listed skills. Coping skills, distress management, and skills training will be taught intensively over the period of six weeks. Skills such as conflict resolution and emotional regulation were implemented into session as well.

Academic courses with computer-based curriculum were taught in the areas of English, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Cultural History. These courses were designed to challenge participants at their own level of learning. Physical fitness focused on overall well being and emphasized not only exercise, but diet, hygiene, and general health. Part of the physical fitness component involved community service by canvassing areas via bike assessing the air quality. All participants engage in at minimum five hours of community service a month. Job placement and readiness was also provided over the duration of the program with possible job placement.

Results of 2014 Satisfaction Survey now available:

Williams, M., Bruce, S. L., Combs, J., & Alvey, H. (2014, November). Satisfaction with a Six-Week Intervention for At-Risk Juveniles: The Gentleman’s Academy Program. Report for the Louisville Metro Police Department and Greater Louisville Inc., Center for Mental Health Disparities, University of Louisville.