Our Programs

“Children who feel more connected to parents and teachers have better behavior, higher grades, and explore more at school.”

Since 2012, LRJ Foundation has provided educational programming to over 38,400 individuals, most being school-age youth, throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania & Georgia. Each of these sessions has been provided at no to low cost to the organization thanks to the support of our generous sponsors and donors.

The programs provide educators and students the information they need to spot warning signs, engage in preventative measures, learn life skills to manage feelings and emotions, create better relationships and connections, and offer solutions and resources.

The LRJ Foundation works with administrators in advance to review their current suicide prevention policies and incorporate specific information into each districts presentations. The program is age-appropriate and fully customizable based on the school’s unique needs and student body population.

High School Grades 9-12

This point in an adolescent’s life typically marks the time of transition from childhood to adulthood and can be a challenge for all involved!  While it is important to encourage our students to explore the world around them and allow for more responsibility and privileges, it is also crucial to offer a supportive environment with all the resources available to promote healthy physical, intellectual, and emotional development.  Our program for grades 9-12 is designed to offer those resources and the education that will broaden a student’s awareness and knowledge of mental health and available coping skills.  Below is a list of the topics our high school seminar includes, which is based on the most common mental health needs and concerns of this age group as shown through research and the professional experiences of our team’s licensed counselors:

  • Mental health defined
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Transition difficulties (grief, milestones, self-esteem, LGBTQ, etc.)
  • Treatment options and resources
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Coping skills, resiliency, positive psychology and mindfulness

Middle School /Junior High Grades 6-8

This age group represents a time when children begin understanding and questioning how the world affects them as individuals. Physical maturity increases at a faster pace than emotional and developmental milestones vary including language, cognitive, and social.  The foundation has worked to design a seminar that caters to these unique learning edges and engage the students with activities and information ideal for this population, along with participation opportunities.  Topics are itemized below and are based on the most common mental health needs and concerns of this age group as shown through research and the professional experiences of our team’s licensed counselors:

  • What is mental health and how does it affect us?
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Transition difficulties (grief, milestones, self-esteem, LGBTQ, etc.)
  • Treatment options and resources
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Coping skills, Resiliency, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness

Intermediate Grades 5-6

lrj5-6– Mental Health & Wellness Programs for Children

The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of children’s mental health:

Children’s mental health matters. One in five children under the age of 13 suffers from mental illness (SAMHSA, 2015). While most individuals know the basics of keeping our children physically healthy, keeping our children mentally healthy are not always clear. A child’s mental health should be treated in the same way as their physical health, by recognizing its importance, giving it attention, and providing professional help when necessary. Promoting a child’s mental health helps them relate well with others, provides a sense of security, and fosters their growth both at home and in school. In addition, awareness and early intervention have been shown to help prevent or delay the consequences of mental illness (NAMI, 2016).

The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of mental health education and awareness in children. Our programs for this distinctive age group aim to build a child’s confidence and competence, which is the foundation of strong self-esteem. Our programs are built upon evidence-based research and the experience of licensed mental health professionals. Aspects of our 13 and under programs include small groups to increase individualized attention, tangible and age-appropriate activities, exercises used to help children identify a range of emotions and increase self-esteem, and practicing healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime.

Elementary Grades 2-4 ” YOU MATTER Presentation”- Learning to Take c are of your Mental Health &  Being a Good Friend

lrj2-4Healthy behaviors influence happiness and develop social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies for elementary school-age children.

Having open discussion with students on how to manage emotions, reduce stress, be a good friend,  hurtful words, and increase empathy and kindness.  In addition, if there is a particular issue or concern that your school has experienced, that needs to be part of our presentation, we can tailor it to your individual needs.

Promoting a child’s mental health helps them relate well with others, provides a sense of security, and fosters their growth both at home and in school. In addition, awareness and early intervention have been shown to help prevent or delay the consequences of mental illness (NAMI, 2016).

The LRJ Foundation recognizes the importance of mental health education and awareness in children. Our programs for this distinctive age group aim to build a child’s confidence and competence, which is the foundation of strong self-esteem. Our programs are built upon evidence-based research and the experience of licensed mental health professionals. Aspects of our 13 and under programs include small groups to increase individualized attention, tangible and age-appropriate activities, exercises used to help children identify a spectrum of emotions and increase self-esteem. Practicing healthy coping skills that can last a lifetime of good mental health.

The 35 – 40 minute LIVE interactive presentation is best held in a smaller group setting, with less then 100 students per session.  The students that have been a part of our presentations enter singing and smiling as our intro music is playing, they are attentive and engaged throughout, and leave with giving hugs to the presenters as they open up about their feelings and leave with some pretty fun giveaways!!

 

 Teacher Development workshop:

Empowering Youth through Mental Wellness, Relationships &
Suicide Prevention Education

First, teachers will learn user-friendly and concrete ways to identify mental health concerns and suicide risk factors. Second, we will guide teachers through a clear map of how to help students thinking of suicide or self-harm. Lastly, teachers will learn effective coping skills for mental health concerns and ways to better connect with struggling students.

LRJ Our Programs 3Teachers and support staff have a deep caring and concern for their students, yet there are times when they feel unprepared or not qualified to deal with some of the issues that their students present to them, in relation to mental health symptoms, life stressors, family circumstances, or other issues such as eating disorders or cutting behaviors.

Our licensed counselors cover a variety of topics, through various modalities. The topics we discuss include:

 

  • Mental health, what is it?
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Life issues related to family, physical health concerns, bullying, self-esteem, grief, transitional ages, and stages
  • How to help someone who is suicidal
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • How to get your own support
  • Resources and tools available to help
  • Coping skills and strategies

 

Bully Education Presentation- Be The Change

Bully Education Presentation- “Be The Change”  for Middle School- High School aged Students. More the 160,000 children a day miss school in fear of  being bullied

1 out of 4 kids is bullied or abused by another youth. 1 out of 5 admits to being a bully. There are short term and long term psychological effects of bullying. From feelings of sadness, isolating themselves, health problems to increasing depression, anxiety, and worst yet, higher rates of suicide. LRJ’s interactive Bully Education Presentation, ” Be the Change” speaks to both the “Bully” and ” The Victims”. Both are involved and both are important. Key topics discussed and demonstrated in the 35-45 minute presentation. Teacher and Parent Version are available.

  • Types of Bullying -Physical, Verbal, Social & Cyber
  • Who’s at risk and who is more likely to bully others
  • Effects of Bullying: Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying.
  • Interactive activities performed
  • Meaningful short 2-3 minute video clips.

 

 

 

Parents University. A group presentation to parents, guardians, and caretakers

The LRJ Foundation’s interactive “Wellness Matters” presentation provides psycho-education on mental health and wellness, common mental illnesses, and coping mechanisms to improve mental health. LRJ’s presentation is two folded:

First, LRJ wants to educate parents on the key components of:

  • Mental wellness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Emotional expression
  • Bullying
  • Suicidal Ideation

Second, teach parents how to:

  • Watch for warning signs and risk factors
  • Start conversations on mental health
  • Support their child’s wellness
  • Use positive coping mechanisms
  • Teach and model appropriate emotional expression
  • Know when to seek professional help

By the end, parents will be better able to understand and support their child’s emotional well-being. All of LRJ’s presenters are mental health professionals who are equipped to help parents and children!

To host a Parents University at your school, church, or in your community, please contact LRJ Foundation for more information.

LRJ Foundation works with leadership within each organization to tailor presentations to specific needs.

We conduct our trainings through lecture, open discussion and participation, group activities, and case studies.  Although the focus is on how to help and support students, we also focus on how to take care of yourself both in and out of the classroom in order to maintain overall mental health and wellness.

In addition, with the assistance of administrators, LRJ Foundation can work to develop a policy that addresses the needs of the most at- risk students, how to identify them, and how to offer them the support they need.

*Suicide prevention training credits via Pennsylvania state Law ACT 71, requiring all teachers to have 4 hours of suicide prevention training every 5 years. LRJ’s program model fulfills the guidelines requested by the Department of Education. Local Education Agencies, LEA’s, (School districts, charter schools, and intermediate units) can choose an outside organization to supply the LEA with continuing education credits via on-site teacher in-services.* Please check with your residing state for their suicide prevention legislation requirements for LRJ program to best assist you CEC requirements.

LRJ Foundation is proud to have worked with the following school districts and organizations:

Abington Heights Jr/Sr. High School, PA
Abington Heights Teachers Development, PA
Advocacy Alliance- Scranton, PA
Allied Health Services Care team & Social workers- Scranton, PA
All Saints Academy-Scranton, PA
Alpharetta High School Teachers, Alpharetta, (Georgia)
Bank of America, Staff, PA
Bear Creek Community Charter School, Wilkes Barre, PA
Blessed Sacrament- Dunmore, PA
Brighton Academy Middle School Douglasville (Georgia)
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts Troop – Avoca, PA
Carbondale Jr. / Sr. High School- Carbondale, PA
Career Technical Center of Lackawanna County
Clear Run Elementary North Pocono District, PA
Crestwood High School, Mountain Top, PA
Dallas High School- Dallas, PA
Dallas Prison Correctional Officers- Dallas, PA
Delaware Valley Middle School, Dingsmans Ferry, PA
Denmark High school, (GA)
Diamonds In the Rough Organization- Gwinnett, (Georgia)
Dingman Delaware Middle School, Dingsmans Ferry, PA
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services of (Scranton,PA )
Dunmore High School- Dunmore, PA
Dorsett Sholes Elementary, Douglas County (GA)
Elk Lake High School – PA
Elkins Point Middle School- Roswell (Georgia)
Everhart Museum Teen Group, Scranton, PA
Fell Charter School- Carbondale, PA
Fideles Christian School,( GA)
Friendship Christian Academy , (GA)
Forest City Jr/ Sr/ High School Teachers – Forest City, PA
Forsyth Mental Health Task Force, (Cumming, GA)
Geisinger Medical College Students- Scranton, PA
Georgia Bureau of Investigation, GBI ( Atlanta, GA)
Greater Nanticoke Area Teachers
Gwinnett County Public School Transportation, (GA)
Holy Redeemer High School- Scranton, PA
Holy Rosary Elementary & Middle School- Scranton, PA
Holly Springs Elementary ( Douglasville, GA)
Honesdale High School 9th Grade- Honesdale, PA
Howard Gardner Charter , PA
Hire Heroes USA Area managers Training- Alpharetta,(Georgia)
John F. Kennedy Elementary 3-4-5th grade- Scranton, PA
Johnson’s College- Scranton, PA
Keystone College- Scranton, PA
Kennesaw Teen Project Center, (GA)
Kings College, PA
Lackawanna Trail Jr. /Sr. High School
Lakeland Jr. /Sr. High School
Lakeland Scott Elementary 4 & 5th grades Students
Lakeland Mayfield Elementary 4 & 5th grades Students
Lasalle Academy – Jessup,PA
Lehman Intermediate School- E.Stroudsburg, PA
Luzerne County Human Resource Expo, PA
Luzerne County Community College
Marywood University College Counselors – Scranton, PA
Mayfield Elementary 4 & 5th grade Students- Mayfield, PA
McNicholas Plaza Elementary, PA
Mentor Me Staff & Mentor Training- Cumming,( Georgia)
MetLife Corporate Lunch N’ Learn- Scranton, PA
Mid Valley Jr. /Sr. High School –Throop, PA
Mid Valley Women’s Club- Dickson City, PA
Mountain View Jr./Sr. High School -PA
Nanticoke High School- PA
NAMI- National Alliance for Mental Illness- Scranton, PA
Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU)
Northeast Intermediate School Scranton, PA
North Fulton Mental Health Coalition, (Johns Creek, GA)
North Fulton Rotary Club, Alpharetta, GA
North Douglas Elementary ( Douglasville,GA)
North Springs High School- Atlanta (Georgia)
North Pocono High School- North Pocono, PA
North Scranton Rotary Club
Old Forge Elementary, Old Forge , PA
Old Forge High School- Old forge, PA
Our Lady of Peace Middle School- Scranton, PA
PA Treatment & Healing Students & Staff- Scranton, PA
Penn State University Worthington- Scranton, PA
Pennsylvania Nurse Association.
Pennsylvania Youth Treatment & Healing
Pittston Area Elementary- Pittston, PA
Pittston Area Middle School- Pittston, PA
Pocono Mountain West Jr. & Sr. High School
Power In Truth Conference- Cobb County, (Georgia)
Renaissance High School –Atlanta (Georgia)
Riverside Jr./Sr. High School- Riverside, PA
Scott Elementary- Lakeland, PA
Scranton High School- Scranton, PA
Scranton Counseling Services Staff & Counselors
Smitha Middle School- Marietta (Georgia)
Smyrna Elementary 5th graders (Georgia)
South Scranton Intermediate School
Spotlight Dental Staff Education, (Georgia)
Star House Staff & Teachers – Roswell, (Georgia)
St. Jude’s School, Scranton, PA
St. Paul/ St. Clare Middle School- Scranton, PA
St. Pius X Catholic High School- Atlanta, (Georgia)
St. Mary’s Academy –Dunmore, PA
Summit Hill Elementary School 3,5th Grade- (Georgia)
Susquannah Community High School, PA
TCMC- The Commonwealth Medical College
The Premo School Roswell (Georgia)
Tri Cities High School ( East Point, GA)
Tunkhannock Middle School
University of Scranton RA’s, Scranton, PA
Valley View High School
Webb Bridge Middle School- Alpharetta, (Georgia)
West Scranton High School
West Scranton Vocational Tech Center- Scranton ,PA
West Forsyth High School- Cumming, (Georgia)
Western Wayne Elementary & High School- Western Wayne, PA
WestLake High School- Atlanta (Georgia)
Wyoming Area Catholic Elementary- Wilkes Barre, PA
Youth Advocate- TSS worker Training- Scranton, PA
YMCA Carbondale, PA Summer Camps

Interested in scheduling the LRJ Foundation at your school or community group? Contact us today!