Getting Started


  • Fill out a start-up questionnaire and set up a Discovery Call with the Sources of Strength team
  • Educate community/coalition on Sources of Strength
  • Coordinate with Sources of Strength team to present program information and details to decision makers/stakeholders for approval – on-campus meetings, teleconference calls, videos, and/or webinars
  • Identify lead entity, funding mechanisms, sign Memorandum of Agreement with key roles, expectations, and deliverables
    • Sources of Strength can be rolled out in a state-wide effort, within a district, a native/tribal community, or an ad hoc basis with a single school, residential facility, drop-in center, community organization, etc. We will work with you to determine what sort of implementation will work best in your context

Infrastructure Development

  • Identify a Coordinator to manage the implementation of the program in the local context
  • Obtain administrative commitment from school or key community entity
  • Review current intervention and referral protocols and update if necessary
  • Provide Sources of Strength in-service to faculty or staff, ranging from a 30-minute presentation in a staff meeting, to a half-day professional development/workplace wellness training (optional)

Adult Advisor Recruitment and Training

  • Identify and recruit Adult Advisors with necessary skill set, connections, and availability
  • Schedule the Adult Advisor Training – 3-6 hours

Peer Leader Recruitment and Training

  • Identify and recruit diverse Peer Leaders – 10-50 in size. Documents available here
  • Schedule the Peer Leader training 4-5 hrs (middle school) 4-6 hrs (high school, college/university, community group)

Train Regional Trainers (if applicable)

  • Identify and recruit regional trainers to participate in the Sources of Strength Train the Trainer (T4T) Program

If Applicable, see more in our Trainer section.