Families and Schools Together® – High School Level
FAST – High School Level is designed to serve families with youth ages 14–18. Additional family members, including siblings and grandparents, are invited to attend multi-family group sessions.
FAST – High School Level is delivered over 11–14 weekly youth group meetings and 8–10 weekly multi-family group sessions of 8–10 families. Youth attend three to four youth group meetings before multi-family group sessions begin. Youth group meeting length varies and can be delivered during school lunch periods or after school. Multi-family group sessions last 2.5 hours. Families must attend at least six sessions to graduate. After graduating FAST, parents and youth can attend monthly FASTWORKS sessions. FASTWORKS sessions are typically offered for 24 months.
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings
FAST – High School Level is delivered in after-school settings or in community settings. Youth groups may meet at school during school hours. Typically, groups are made up of families whose youth are in the same classroom, grade level, or school.
Education, Certifications and Training
FAST – High School Level is initiated by a lead agency, typically a school or community-based organization, that is responsible for coordinating team members. It is delivered by at least six team members. The team includes at least three youth partners who are graduates of the program or new high school students at the participating school; one parent partner who is a graduate of the program or has a child attending the school; one school partner, such as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, school administrator, or librarian; one youth advocate, who can also be the school partner; and one community partner with expertise in mental health, substance abuse, or other challenges families in the community may experience. Half of the team must be high-school-aged youth. Teams can also include a recreational coordinator to facilitate activities for siblings of participating youth and an additional parent partner who has graduated from the program. Teams must be representative of participating families in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, and language. FASTWORKS is led by parent and youth partners who have graduated from the program.
All team members participate in an initial 2-day training with a certified trainer. Following training, the trainer supports the team as they implement their first 8–10-week FAST cycle, including direct observation of three sessions. Following the 8–10-week cycle, the team participates in a final 6-hour training with the trainer.
FAST team members who wish to become certified FAST Trainers can participate in a 5-day training and complete a training internship over the course of an 8-week FAST multi-family group session. Trainers are required to re-certify every 3 years.
Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review
McDonald, L. (2020). FAST® team member handbook: High school level. Families and Schools Together, Inc.
FAST – High School Level materials are available in English.
Other supporting materials
For More Information
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