On Aug. 23, DeKalb County, Alabama school counselors attended an Extended Family for Kids Leader Training Workshop in Rainsville, AL. By the end of the day, 23 professionals had received all the training they needed to start Extended Family for Kids programs in their schools. Dekalb County Youth Services sent one of their personnel to become a trained EFK Program Leader as well!
"Due to a Stringfellow Health Fund Grant through the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, we were able to offer this Training to DeKalb County Schools" said Laure Clemons, Executive Director, Extended Family. "Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett welcomed the Training and with the help of School Improvement Supervisor Kim Maness we were able to train school counselors from around the County."
Ms. Maness wrote to us after the Training. "I think the training was very beneficial for our counselors. Thank you for including DeKalb County in your grant. You and your staff did an outstanding job!," Maness wrote.
During the one day Training, Clemons led counselors through all nine lessons of Extended Family for Kids. Counselors also brainstormed ways to identify students in their schools who had a loved one incarcerated, and learned best practices for obtaining guardian permissions.
"The counselors and Otis Washington with Dekalb Youth Services were involved and energetic all day," Clemons said. "They jumped right into the EFK lesson activities, making for a really fun time."
On Training Feedback Forms, Counselors wrote what stood out for them in the EFK Training.
Counselor Feedback: "What stood out for you?"