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Issue No. 7

We look forward to helping elevate evidence-based programs by sharing information about our programs and what we are doing at Blueprints. Enjoy!

A Letter From Our Director:
Farewell from Sharon Mihalic and Delbert Elliott


With retirement upon us, we say goodbye to you with mixed emotions. We are saddened to leave one part of life behind, but also thrilled to look to the future.

We began the Blueprints Initiative in 1996, with no thought at the time of the far-reaching scope of the project. Our success has not been achieved alone.

Through collaborations with major funders such as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as close affiliations with the Blueprints program developers and purveyors, and many others committed to healthy youth development, Blueprints achieved national and international recognition.

We believe that our greatest achievement has been in setting and maintaining a high standard for what it means to be “evidence-based.”

Throughout the years of managing and growing the Blueprints work, our biggest satisfaction has come from the friendships and relationships developed along the way.

We cherish the work and the times together with our Blueprints advisory board members, the program developers and purveyors, and multiple others we have had the pleasure to know and work with, including the wonderful and dedicated staff at our center.

We leave things in great hands with Dr. Pam Buckley, who is taking over as the new Blueprints director and Dr. Karl Hill, who is assuming the role of Blueprints principal investigator. We look forward to watching a new generation of Blueprints.

Going forward, please contact Pam or Karl directly with any Blueprints-related matters.

We cannot thank you enough for all the support of the past two decades. We look forward to watching each Blueprints program continue to grow and make the world a better place through empirically based programs.


Sharon Mihalic
Director, Blueprints Initiative
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Larry Hedges, Blueprints board member and professor of statistics and education and social policy in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, conducted a symposium at CU Boulder on March 16, 2018.

His talk focused on the replicability of experimental research by drawing on a meta-analytic perspective to formalize ideas about the definition of replication and the analysis of replication studies.


Featured Model Plus Program
Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Blueprints Certified: 1996
Ages Served: 12-18
Program Outcome: Close Relationships with Parents, Conduct Problems, Delinquency and Criminal Behavior, Externalizing, Illicit Drug Use, Internalizing, Mental Health – Other, Positive Social/Prosocial Behavior, Prosocial with Peers, Violence

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a juvenile crime prevention program to enhance parenting skills and provide intensive family therapy to troubled teens and delinquent teens in ways that promote prosocial behavior while decreasing youth violence and other antisocial behaviors.

Learn more about Multisystemic Therapy…

Featured Promising Program
Project Northland

Blueprints Certified: 1998
Ages Served: 12-18
Program Outcome: Alcohol
Project Northland provides classroom curricula, peer leadership, youth-driven extra-curricular activities, parent involvement programs, and community activism to reduce teen alcohol use, improve parent-child communication about alcohol use, increase student’s self-efficacy to resist alcohol and understanding of alcohol use norms, and reduce student’s ease of access to alcohol in his/her community.

Learn more about Project Northland…

That’s a wrap!
Thank you to everyone who made our 2018 Blueprints Conference possible.

First, we’d like to sincerely thank everyone who attended our bi-annual Blueprints Conference in April! It was incredible to see everyone again, and the conference was a huge success.

It was bittersweet saying goodbye to Sharon and Del. We are so appreciative of all they have done over the years to further the Blueprints for Youth Development initiative and wish them all the best in their next chapter.

All of the presentations and keynote session recordings from the 2018 Blueprints Conference have been uploaded to the conference website, so feel free to check them out.

We look forward to seeing you again at the next Blueprints Conference in 2020!

Blueprints News & Resources
Relevant articles and helpful resources
Here are a few articles that feature some of our Blueprint’s Model and Promising Programs:

Legislative Update
Stay Informed

Legislative support is key to the elevation of our programs. We would encourage you to keep an eye on these bills as they progress.

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University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
UCB 483, Boulder, CO 80309


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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is
currently funded by Arnold Ventures (formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation) and historically has received funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.