360° Model Named a Mutual of America 2012 Community Partnership Award Winner

Chicago-based Program Promotes Safety and Healing for Children Exposed to Violence

Nov 15, 2012, 10:57 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that 360° Model was named an Honorable Mention recipient in the 2012 Community Partnership Award competition.

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In 2009, social services agency UCAN introduced its 360° Model to promote safety and healing for children in schools after recognizing that experiences of trauma underlie the behavioral and life challenges of many youth growing up in dangerous city neighborhoods. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a partner in the program.

Nearly 1,400 students have participated in individual counseling and therapy, violence prevention and/or youth development programming. More than 3,700 students have also benefited from clinical consultation with teachers and administrators designed to empower students to prevent future violence, help strengthen their communities, succeed in school and become future leaders.

"The new Chicagoland Institute for Transforming Youth campus reflects UCAN's approach to youth development and violence prevention and is expected to reach 100,000 youth in its first five years," said Tom Vanden Berk, UCAN's CEO. "None of this would be possible without the expertise and knowledge gained from the UCAN/AUSL partnership."

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 170 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.

"All of the 2012 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.

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