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The A-PLUS Program

Albany Partnerships for Learning and Uniting Services


Leslie Jimpson, Project Coordinator
(518) 475-6545


What is A-PLUS?

The Albany Partnership for Learning and Uniting Services (A-PLUS) launched in 2009 and is funded by the four-year federal Safe Schools-Healthy Students initiative. The program is designed to improve academic outcomes by expanding high-quality school and community-based services available to students and families so that students in Albany may learn, live and prosper in safe and supportive environments.


There are many components of A-PLUS that are designed to enhance students' social and emotional growth, and foster supportive and safe school environments. Every A-PLUS service is evidence-based and delivered by a trained professional.


Check out a video with staff and student interviews regarding A-PLUS and its benefits.


In addition to the City School District of Albany, the A-PLUS coalition of public and private agencies includes the following organizations:


  • Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families

  • Albany County Probation Department

  • Albany County System of Care

  • Albany Police Department

  • City of Albany Department of Youth and Workforce Services

  • Committee for Safe and Substance Free Schools

  • Families Together of Albany County

  • Parsons Child and Family Center

  • University of Albany School of Social Welfare

A-PLUS health clinic

Many student and teacher support services are through the A-PLUS health clinic located across from the main office at North Albany Academy, 570 North Pearl St.


The A-PLUS clinic began operating in February 2009 as the centerpiece of the Safe Schools-Healthy Students initiative. The clinic is staffed by two full-time clinical social workers, two behavior specialists and a clinic manager.


The Gang Resistance Education and Training Program

Launched in the fall of 2009, the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program is a school-based curriculum that is delivered to sixth-grade students in the district's three middle schools through weekly classroom visits by law enforcement officers.


Click on the highlighted text for a fact sheet about Albany's GREAT program. You also can watch a staff and student video about GREAT.


In other diverse urban communities, GREAT has been shown to deter youth from delinquency, violence and gang membership by building life skills such as problem solving, conflict resolution, goal-setting and self control. By expanding and improving the School Resource Officer program, students are allowed to interact with police officers in a supportive, collaborative environment.


All officers currently working in Albany's public schools have completed training as GREAT instructors.  

For more information about the GREAT program, please contact Albany Police Sgt. Jason Davis at -- online emotional support



The Center for Human Services Research at the University of Albany is conducting a four-year evaluation of A-PLUS. The center is a social-research organization that conducts program evaluations and designs data systems to inform policymakers and service providers about the design and delivery of effective services that address social issues and meet community needs.


For more information about the center's research, please contact Kenneth Robin, Ph.D., at 591-8797 or


For more information about A-PLUS, contact Project Coordinator Leslie Jimpson at 475-6545 or



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