“We get them to the point they don’t need us,” Avery said.
In the fall, there will most likely be 10 to 15 kids in the program.
There will be two different curriculum models used to emphasize brainstorming, problem-solving and discovery of full potential and assist students with coping with stress and learning how to bounce back from difficulty.
The overall goal of school-based programming is for the encouragement and academic success of students, Bannon said.
School-based programming that integrate mental health is becoming more and more important in school environments.
There is such a high demand on teachers, guidance counselors, staff and faculty in schools, Avery said.
“We’re doing what we can to take that load off of their hands,” Avery said. “There are demands on students and we want to support them in that capacity as well.”
All grades at the school will have new programming available to them in the fall. Students in seventh through 10th grade will have the PRIDE program. Students in 11th and 12th grade will have Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) programming available to them.
Bannon said she was thankful for the additional support programs for students.
“It makes us feel we’re doing everything possible,” Bannon said.
The program will take place at the school, so it won’t take students away from school and parent involvement will be encouraged, Bannon said.
Both Avery and Bannon would like to see the program continue to expand.
Avery commended the school’s willingness to think outside of the box to meet the needs of kids.
“It speaks highly of these communities that they’re willing to come to the table with different agencies to figure out what will work,” Avery said.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.