What We Do
The Lantern Platform
Building a new, free and effective app--The Lantern Platform-- to reduce school and youth violence requires three efforts:
• gather, analyze, and store valid data
• develop and maintain an effective data query platform and
• work with schools, foundations, academic programs, corporate partners, government organizations and the media to gather more insight, to obtain more support and to promote what we do.
The Lantern Platform is a proactive tool providing parents, schools, mental health professionals and researchers with
• a free search engine that allows users to type in behaviors they see a child manifesting in order to discover how those behaviors are statistically associated with certain types of likely violence;
• a dictionary of behavioral terms and definitions used for searches;
• an current archive of effective violence intervention programs specific to the types of violence revealed in each search;
• an automatic network generator 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
• school site and parent community workshops on the value and use of the Lantern Platform.
To develop and maintain the Lantern Platform, we have a volunteer staff consisting of a behavioral research team who also manages our NSV Research Institute, data architects and engineers, and an administrative unit that manages our funding efforts, alliance partnerships, public relations and organizational development.
This video explains how the Lantern works and how parents, teachers, school staff and education researchers can use it.