The Lean on Me Project
The Lean On Me Project is a program designation with NAMI Sarasota and Manatee County to provide the access necessary to bridge mental health wellness and academics. LOM also has a direct collaboration with Compeer.
Amy Weinberger and Jordan Stonecypher were handpicked by a local donor who wanted to give back to teens. Bob Cohn approached Amy after the Mental Health Awareness Program In Sarasota, FL, One Thing I Wish You Knew (January 2019).
Bob inquired if Amy could create an easily accessible mentoring program for schools in the local area. Amy, of course, responded, “YES.” Not knowing where this would lead, she pressed on and in February the Child and Youth Mental Health Environmental Scan was released with the support of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. USF compiled the data. The evidence was readily available and by June 2019, Amy and Jordan were ready to pitch it to the Sarasota County School Board administrators. Since Jordan had completed an internship at Brookside for the 2018-2019 school year, she suggested that the middle school community would greatly benefit from a mentoring program. After meetings with the Brookside Administrative Team and the county, all the boxes were checked off, and the program launched In October 2019.
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