National Recognition

Since 1990, FAST has won many awards in several areas of national competition and it has been included in numerous "short lists" of research-based model programs. Most recently, these honors include the following:

  • FAST was one of four effective approaches recognized and highlighted by the White House Conference on School Safety on October 15, 1998.

  • FAST was identified as a culturally competent model in education by the American Institute of Research for the U.S. Department of Education (1998) (for more information, see <

  • FAST was recognized for being among 27 research-based models for school reform. The National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students published a booklet describing effective models, including FAST, and disseminated it to all Title I schools (i.e., those serving low-income children) in the United States (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1998).

  • FAST was identified as 1 of 12 research-based model family approaches to delinquency prevention and disseminated nationally by OJJDP in 1993 and 1997.

  • FAST was invited to present its research-based model for a safe school climate at a Research into Practice Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program (June 1997).

  • FAST was named an effective program for safe schools and safe students in a booklet describing 26 research-based models, which was published by the National Education Goals Panel and the National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (McDonald, 1996).

  • FAST was cited as one of four effective school-based substance abuse prevention program models in a brochure distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (1996).

  • FAST was included as one of six exemplary family support program models for further study by Abt Associates/Yale University for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1996).

  • FAST was included as 1 of 20 effective programs for children and families in a booklet published by United Way of America (1996).

  • FAST's statewide replication in Wisconsin was recognized as 1 of 25 national finalists (out of an initial pool of 1,600 applicants) in 1994 in the Ford Foundation/Harvard University awards program for Innovations in State and Local Government (Fifteen, 1994).

  • FAST was included as one of five family-based programs in the CSAP publication Signs of Effectiveness II: Preventing Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use: A Risk Factor/Resilience-Based Approach (Gardner, Green, and Marcus, 1994).

Families and Schools Together: Building Relationships Juvenile Justice Bulletin   ·  November 1999