Mission & Vision
Our mission is to help teachers, administrators, parents and students learn techniques to effect positive change and create a healthy learning environment for all.
We envision communities where youth and young adults have the hope, skills, and opportunities to live and learn safely and successfully, realizing their full potential.
Our Behavior Intervention Support Team is a unique outreach program of Cornerstones of Care that grew out of a desire to keep at-risk students in a community school. The purpose of BIST is to partner with students who are struggling, help them be accountable for their actions, and give them tools to make changes in their life. BIST is designed to teach and protect students, via GRACE and ACCOUNTABILITY, so that students can make good choices and have the promising lives that they want and deserve.
As part of giving GRACE, we accept:
- Your problems
- Your pain
- Your needs
This means guiding each student to look at what challenges their behaviors can create in his or her life. There are five levels to Accountability:
- I did it.
- I’m sorry.
- It is part of a problem in my life.
- I accept consequences.
- I accept and need help.
BIST empowers schools to change students’ lives and behavioral skills by incorporating:
- A balance of grace and accountability
- Powerful language to problem solve
- Consistency in expectations
BIST partners with caring adults to help students obtain Goals for Life, which are based on the following beliefs:
- I can make good choices even if I am mad.
- I can be okay even if others are not okay.
- I can do something even if I don’t want to (or even if it’s hard).
Read more about our model and concepts.