Training & Evaluation

RY and CAST Training and Evaluation

Reconnecting Youth Inc. has trained school and agency personnel throughout the U.S. and Canada to implement the RY and CAST programs.

About the RY Curriculum

RY is an evidenced-based program.  When tested with potential high school dropouts, RY had significant effects: 

  • 35% reduction in dropout rates
  • 50% reduction in hard drug use
  • 75% reduction in depression/hopelessness
  • 80% reduction in suicidal behaviors
  • 18% increase in GPA for all classes (excluding RY)
  • 7.5% increase in credits earned per semester

Reconnecting Youth is recognized for excellence by: 

  • SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
  • SPRC’s (Suicide Prevention Resource Center) – Best Practice Registry
  • National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – OJJDP Model Programs Guide
  • Healthy Communities Institute – Promising Practices Library
  • Child Trends – What Works/LINKS
  • NIDA – Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents: Examples of Research-Based Drug Abuse Prevention Programs
  • Canada National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC): Promising and Model Crime Prevention Programs
  • Indian Health Services, Community Suicide Prevention Website: Promising and Effective Programs


Under Dr. Eggert's leadership, Reconnecting Youth has garnered numerous honors and awards including the following:

  • Selected by the U.S. Department of Education (2002 and, again, in 2005) as one of the SAMHSA model programs that DOE would fund through their grant application process.
  • Honored in May 2000 as a model program for the 1999 Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Awards presented at the U.S. Congress. Co-sponsored by Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, the National Prevention Network, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Washington, DC.
  • Selection in Drug Strategies’ (1999) publication, Making the Grade: A Guide to School Drug Prevention Programs, as the only research-based high school drug prevention program in the US to receive an “A” grade.
  • Recommendation by the U. S. Department of Education through the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program as successful in preventing drug use and violent behavior among youth (1998). 

About the CAST Curriculum

Coping and Support Training (CAST) is a proven prevention program for students at risk. CAST is a 12-lesson skills training program used by schools, community centers, and youth-oriented agencies. It is appropriate for middle or high school-aged youth. The CAST Group is comprised of 6 – 8 students, who are INVITED to participate. CAST can be offered to an entire population (as “universal” prevention), to a high-risk group (“selective” prevention), or to specific at-risk students (“indicated” prevention).

CAST is an evidenced-based program.  In NIH-funded studies, relative to controls, CAST youth evidenced significant and sustained changes:

  • 65% reduction in suicide risk behaviors
  • 34% reduction (for females) and 27% reduction (for males) in anxiety
  • 44% reduction in depression
  • 62% reduction in hard drug use
  • 16% reduction in alcohol use
  • 24% increase in problem-solving coping
  • 24% increase in personal control
  • 27% increase in family support

CAST is recognized for excellence by:

Training and Evaluation

Our research has shown that successful implementation of both Reconnecting Youth and CAST depends on the appropriate training and preparation of school or agency personnel to execute the curriculum.

For more information on RY or CAST training, implementation, and evaluation or to obtain a copy of either curriculum,Reconnecting Youth: A Peer Group Approach to Building Life Skills (2nd edition) or Coping and Support Training: A Road Map for Teen Groups, contact us at (425) 861-1177 or