Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

Southeast Asian Services, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Program Name

SEA Hmoob Koom Siab (Hmong Working Together/Families and Schools Working Together)

Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

Based on the national best practice Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program, which emphasizes the partnerships of families, schools and communities in meeting needs of children identified at risk of failure in school. Program goals include promoting school success, enhancing family functioning, and preventing alcohol and other drug use.

Program Description

A 14-week youth group, in which Hmong students meet to support each other and get homework assistance. A 10-week, family program with structured activities, including weekly family nights at the school, where Hmong families have dinner together, participate in family and group activities designed to improve intergenerational communication and understanding and discuss issues related to their families or school within a supportive environment.

Resource Materials Used in Program

FAST program materials, we have also developed children's mental health audiotapes for parents who could not read or write in their own language. Fact sheets have also been developed and printed in the languages of the populations served by the Program.

Groups Served by Program

Program Funding

The SEA program received federal funding from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR); MN Department of Human Services, Title II, Ramsey County, private foundations, and 3rd party payers including medical assistance, HMO's and the Wilder Foundation endowment.

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

SEA employs Hmong staff for the Hmong Working Together/Families and Schools Together, plus a variety of mental health counselors, chemical abuse specialists and youth leaders from the Wilder SEA program are on hand to assist the groups.

Program Evaluation

Programs are evaluated by the Wilder Research Center for program effectiveness and participant satisfaction. Demographic and service data are gathered on all clients. The Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP) Consumer Survey is completed for all clients six months after intake.

Program Outcomes

Additional Comments

Program Contact

Dr. Mary Heiserman, PhD
Division Director
Wilder Mental Health and Education
(651) 647-9676

Cindy K. Satre
Planning and Operations Manager
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Wilder Programs
(651) 280-2052

Program Dates

Began in 1983; for adults, youth and families in the Twin Cities East Metro area. The program is no longer operating.