Why It's Important
A student cannot progress to higher levels of growth (think Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs) until their lower level needs have been met first. Counseling for students begins to address some of the lower level needs of a child with a hope that the child can begin to progress up the hierarchy.
Counseling for students helps everyone. Not only does the child receiving counseling get the tools they need, but their teachers benefit and other students benefit. When we help one student succeed, we help everyone succeed.
Counseling provides students with better outlook for life. Many of the needs of the students have been with depression, post-traumatic stress, adjustment issues, anxiety, and other serious issues that, when left unaddressed, lead to lifelong problems. Students receiving counseling have made great improvements in the classroom, ranging from better performance on school work to better behavior.
What We're Doing
Deborah and Josh Dambara are contracted by Kane County School District to provide counseling to students who have assessed needs and have signed parental consent to receive services. This service is free to students and paid for by the school district and the foundation. Kane Education Foundation provides the funding, so these critical services can continue through the summer months. Having continuous counseling without a gap over the summer months means these students continue to make progress and will be much better prepared at the beginning of the next school year.
What Still Needs Done
To adequately meet the needs of students, counseling hours need to double! Right now, the Dambaras are contracted for 10 hours a week to address the needs of about 30 students in the district. To adequately meet the needs of these 30 students, the amount of contracted hours needs to double. This doesn’t even begin to touch the students who are still in the wings for referral. Kane Education Foundation would like to raise additional funding to meet this need.
Counseling resources are needed for parents. There is much demand for counseling and other resources for parents in our community. Funding is needed to provide a program that will give parents access to counseling services as well as workshops and classes.
Will you help? Please consider making a DONATION to help fund these critical programs.
If you would like to learn more about our Counseling Program, contact Tana Seaford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Someone had to embrace positive beginnings before anyone could celebrate successful conclusions or continuations.” - Aberjhani