The Lantern is a free app. It helps us better understand how a child’s behaviors signal potential forms of violence.

All of us use Bing, Google, and Yahoo to get information. But what can parents, teachers, schools, mental health professionals and researchers use to get information about what their child’s or student’s behaviors mean? Or what are the best intervention programs for helping a needy child? The answer up to now has been nothing. But now, with your support, they can use the Lantern as

  • a free search engine that allows users to to discover a child’s behaviors correlate with certain types of violence;

  • a dictionary of behavioral terms and definitions users access to identify a child’s behaviors;

  • a library of effective violence intervention programs specific to the types of violence revealed in each search;

  • an automatic network function linking any user's search with a pre-created community of supporters so that parents, teachers, school staff and mental health professionals can automatically be contacted whenever a search is made;

  • access to our Research Institute where the latest research in adolescent violence is translated into actual applications; and

  • listings of school site and parent community workshops on the value and use of the Lantern Platform.

Developing the Lantern requires funding to attract a full time staff of researchers, data architects and engineers, and an administrative unit that manages our funding efforts, corporate partnerships, public relations and organizational development.  Whatever you donate indirectly helps any child needing emotional help.