Congresswoman Kelly Announces $360,000 Violence Prevention Grant Awarded to Bloom High Schools
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that Bloom Township High School District 206 received a $360,000 federal grant to reduce violence through school and mental health counseling programs.
The purpose of the Department of Education Grant is to prevent delinquency and criminal behavior by expanding school counseling programs and increasing access to mental health services for youth exposed to or traumatized by violence, who are suffering from depression or anxiety, or who are failing or having difficulty in school.
“The public does not realize how many of our youth suffer from post-traumatic disorders from continual exposure to violence in the home or within their communities. The soul-numbing effect too often results in mental disorders or turns youth to violence. By providing our young people with professional and supportive counseling, we can stop the cycle of violence and criminal behavior.”
Bloom Township District 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre said he is “very excited the district has been awarded this grant opportunity. Our goal is to create a mental health program to provide quality, individualized support and to utilize student data to effectively provide early intervention strategies for our students.”