The Jim Moran Foundation Awards Grant For Schools Preventive Counseling Program

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Faulk Center for Counseling is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $57,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for the Schools Preventive Counseling Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Since 2004, The Foundation has provided more than $225,000 for this collaborative effort among parents, caregivers, teachers, school guidance counselors and the Faulk Center to address the mental health needs of at-risk elementary and middle school children.

In a safe, supportive setting, through both structured and unstructured activities, children in the program learn and repeatedly practice problem solving, decision making, interpersonal skills, and emotional self-control. This increases their sense of self and encourages them to separate from peers who make risky, problematic choices such as self-injurious behavior or joining a gang. Ultimately these factors help divert children from a trajectory of increasing violence and are also considered the best predictors of a child's ability to continue in school and prepare for a meaningful, productive future.

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $40 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties.

"We are truly grateful for the partnership and support of The Jim Moran Foundation," states Dr. Holly Katz, Clinical Director at the Faulk Center. "The impact of this program has been impressive and demonstrates that our counseling and behavioral techniques are effective in enhancing children's emotional and social functioning."