Project Here

Status: Past Project
Year: 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Client: Government organizations, Foundations and Bank Trusts
Services Provided: Multi-Sector Convening, Training and Technical Assistance
Technical Expertise: Youth Development, Substance Use

Project Here is a public-private collaboration funded by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and the GE Foundation to make substance use prevention education available to every public middle school in Massachusetts to promote social-emotional learning and empower students to make healthy decisions. To this end, Project Here provides every public middle school in Massachusetts access to educational resources to teach healthy decision-making skills, invest in social emotional learning, and educate about substance use. This initiative has three main components: (1) an educational toolkit to provide a centralized place for research-based in-classroom resources (2) a digital app to provide students with an innovative, engaging experience ; and, (3) a grant-based program to provide evidence-based curricula to select schools.

As part of this project, HRiA worked closely with the funders and partner organizations to fiscally sponsor, develop and manage the program from 2017 – March 2021