Areas of Focus
Despite the rapidly increasing number of young people seeking and entering addiction recovery, by 2012, only 34 out of 4500 colleges nationwide had collegiate recovery programs to support students in recovery. As a result, families were left with a difficult choice: whether to risk sending their students back to campuses where there was zero recovery support, or to simply not allow their students to go back to school due to the risk of relapse.
Recognizing the need to implement life-saving measures on college campuses, our Seeds of Hope grant program began in Fall 2012 when Stacie Mathewson, TYR’s President and CEO, pledged to award $10,000 grants to universities toward the goal of creating 100 new collegiate recovery programs. A landmark research study was completed in Spring 2013 that identified 38 community-based assets that could help college students in recovery to thrive, and a companion toolkit and web platform were developed.
We are proud to say that we have reached — and surpassed — that goal, and the number of CRPs in the nation now exceeds 170! This means that TYR has more than tripled the number of recovery efforts in progress across the country, and paved the way for several collegiate recovery efforts to transform into established communities. Now, families’ financial and emotional investments in their students’ recovery will be protected at the campuses they attend.
Perhaps even more significant than the financial investment is the support the staff at TYR provides to every grantee. Each school is connected with a program manager that offers ongoing coaching for a period of three years. We recognize that each collegiate recovery effort is unique in its own way and they are encouraged to take incremental steps toward developing into a mature, sustainable program that reflects their campus environment and leverages existing resources to meet the specific needs and interests of their students. This flexibility and ongoing monitoring allows schools to empower students in recovery on their campus to lead these efforts, while navigating the significant challenges that bureaucracy in higher education may pose. We know the college environment can be challenging for young people in recovery so we are proud to support so many campus partners as they pledge to make their schools a more recovery friendly place.
Beginning in Fall 2016, through Spring 2019, TYR will award 100 more Seeds of Hope grants to continue driving the expansion of recovery programs nationwide. To apply for a Seeds of Hope grant, click on the purple button below.
On every college campus, there is a certain capacity for helping students in recovery to thrive.
Apply for an early stage collegiate recovery grant.
The mapping of assets (people, places, resources) helps mobilize communities to best serve students in recovery through school-based recovery support services.
A set of 38 community-based assets that are the basis for building collegiate recovery capacity across the nation.