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Over $15 million in funding awarded to schools and communities in the Tri State area.

Wellcore is an educational consulting company that is a leader in writing and securing funding opportunities from a variety of sources to improve the quality of prevention, education, health, and wellness throughout our schools and communities.

Wellcore’s experienced team has a proven track record of success in designing
and implementing programs that support funding objectives.


Coalition Development

Proven Strategies

Wellcore has extensive experience in community coalition building by connecting with multiple sectors of the community in a comprehensive approach to achieve funding and real outcomes.​ Wellcore collaborates with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government and community to design and implement programs that support goals and objectives of the funding provided.


Recent Accomplishment

East Ramapo Partnership

Wellcore, Inc. is excited to announce that in partnership with the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD), it has secured a grant from the New York State Education Department to expand learning time as part of the state’s Extended Learning Time initiative championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. ERCSD is one of only nine districts in the state to be awarded this additional funding, which increases time for core academics while preserving extracurricular activities.

Contact us to find out how we can help you in your coalition-building efforts.

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Wellcore’s foundation is strong partnerships

Comprehensive Grant Services

Wellcore is expert in all aspects of grant funding—from researching funding opportunities, to implementing, administering, and evaluating grants

  • With strong partnerships, Wellcore has successfully designed and implemented grants that have led to funding for extended learning,  after-school programs, professional development, youth development opportunities, drug- and alcohol-prevention and more. Learn more about the funding we’ve secured here.

Grant Writing Goals

Wellcore’s skilled writing team has developed a successful system of grant writing to assist communities and schools.

It is Wellcore’s mission:

• To improve the social, emotional, academic and vocational competencies of school-age children
• To prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock adolescent pregnancies
• To reduce other negative behaviors such as violence and crime; tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse; disengagement from school; school suspension; and truancy and health-compromising behaviors
• To provide parents with a safe after school environment for their children.

Grant Research and Grant Writing

Wellcore’s stellar team specializes in grant research and grant proposals to secure funds in order to support the goals and mission of schools, organizations, and communities. Assessments are provided for organizations in order to determine funding opportunities available to meet each unique organization’s goals.

Grant Program and Management

Wellcore can serve as grant administrator, providing grant management, fiscal reporting, and oversight, as well as provide for necessary program services.

Evaluation Services

Wellcore understands the importance of designing, implementing, and evaluating data in order to receive grant funding and carry out grant requirements. Evaluation services from Wellcore will provide and ensure usable data that meets the standards of grants and projects. Data can be used to augment or validate evidence-based approaches that will improve the accuracy and compliance of state and federal grant reporting.

Contact Wellcore for grant writing services for your community.

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Community Funding

Wellcore has helped our partners win over $23 million in grants on the local, state and federal level to improve education and wellness, including grants from:

• NYS Assemblymen and Senators
• NYS Education Department
• State Farm Award
• The After School Advantage Grant
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
• Project AWARE-Community Grant
• 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
• Drug Free Community Support Grant
• Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant
• The Extended Learning Time Grant
• The Community School Initiative Grant
• Office of National Drug Control and Policy
• Aetna Healthy Living Grant
• American Medical Association Grant
• Stop Act Grant
• Youth Advisory Grant
• The New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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  • Wellcore, Inc. secured the prestigious 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $612,232 a year for 5 years on behalf of the East Ramapo Central School District. This is the first time this highly competitive grant has been awarded to a school district in Rockland County. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide opportunities for academic enrichment during non- school hours for children. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, offers a broad array of enrichment activities and offers literacy and educational services to the families of participating children.

  • In partnership with the East Ramapo Central School District, Wellcore secured a Community Schools Initiative grant from the New York State Education Department, which provides funding for Pomona Middle School to be designated as a Community Hub site. As a Community Hub, Pomona MS will promote family engagement and provide additional supports for students and families in order to counter environmental factors that impede student achievement. Community Hub sites coordinate and maximize public, non-profit, and private resources to deliver school-linked academic, health, mental health, nutrition, counseling, legal and/or other services to students and their families.

  • Wellcore, Inc., worked with East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD) to earn a grant from the New York State Education Department to expand the school day as part of the state’s Extended Learning Time initiative championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. ERCSD is one of only nine districts in the state to be awarded this additional funding, which increases time for core academics while preserving extracurricular activities. Research has shown that a longer, redesigned school day can help schools boost student achievement. The program, called the Ramapo Extended Accelerated Learning Time Middle School (REAL Time MS), will extend the school day at Pomona Middle School by 25 percent, with the added time specifically focused on additional core subject instruction for remediation and acceleration as well as extracurricular activities such as clubs, enrichment, physical activity, and homework help.

  • In September, 2014 Wellcore, Inc. secured a $51,000 service-learning grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to benefit Orangetown’s Youth Court program. Youth Court, a youth-led juvenile justice alternative designed for and operated by youth, focuses on restorative justice and trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges, and attorneys. The grant will allow more Youth Court members to participate in this powerful civic opportunity and will enable more juvenile offenders to make amends through constructive sanctions such as community service. When cases involve suspected substance abuse, Wellcore will be able to provide identification, counseling, and referral services. Wellcore is one of only 65 community organizations to receive this grant across the United States and Canada.

  • In 2015 Wellcore received grant awards through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program to fund four coalitions that it oversees, as well as a mentoring grant to support a brand new youth anti-substance abuse initiative. Wellcore secured new funding for the Suffern United Coalition Against Substance Abuse (SUCASA), which was awarded $125,000 a year for five years (with the possibility of renewing for years 6-10), as well as continued funding for:

    • Our Community Against Drug Abuse (OCADA) of the Nyacks and Valley Cottage, which was awarded $123,461 a year for five years
    • South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse (SOCASA), which was awarded $125,000 a year for five years, and
    • Mahwah Municipal Alliance (MMA), which was awarded $125,000 a year for five years.

     
    Wellcore was also awarded a $75,000 grant for SOCASA to train and mentor the new Prevention Education for East Ramapo Coalition.
     
    The Drug-Free Communities Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use.  Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

  • In 2015, Wellcore secured a “Now is the Time” Project AWARE Community Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), receiving the maximum grant award of $125,000 a year for three years, totaling $375,000. The program supports the training of teachers and a broad array of individuals who interact with youth through their programs at the community level in Rockland County, NY—including parents, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and other adults—in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), in order to increase the mental health literacy among youth-serving adults, policy-makers, and administrators of programs serving youth. 

     

  • Wellcore partnered with the Mount Vernon City School District to bring a fun and educational Parent University program to Grimes Elementary School. This series of workshops and events was held over six Saturday mornings and gave parents the opportunity to learn interactive and innovative ways to assist children with math, reading and homework through creating games, building a rocket ship together, and exploring online resources for homework help.

    Parent University also allowed parents to gain new ideas for improving their families’ health and wellness. At a Community Resource Fair organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, The Girl Scouts, The Guidance Center of Westchester, Mount Vernon Department of Recreation, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, and the Mount Vernon Public Library were able to connect with families, share information and offer giveaways like free books.

    Parent University also includes a parent/child yoga and meditation class and healthy cooking event, where families can relax together and afterwards, watch a cooking demo and enjoy tasty, healthy treats. As a grand finale, Parent University will hold a Family Fun Day with carnival games, a DJ, an inflatable slide, cooking demos, and giveaways including free bike helmets.

     

Public Relations

Wellcore’s comprehensive public relations team provides branding campaigns that highlight the excellent work and accomplishments of our clients. Wellcore serves as the communication vehicle among diverse community constituencies, provides and supports social media presence, and works in tandem with client’s existing communications staff or infrastructure.

Wellcore’s team develops effective communications that strengthen positive connection between clients and their community by creating and distributing press releases and promotional materials to local news outlets as well as to community-based organizations, coalitions, and others in a position to get the information directly to families or those that our clients seek to engage.

We Also Offer:

Graphic Design
Logo/Brand Development
Website Development
Face-to-Face Work
Virtual Presence
Support Client Apps & Website Presence

(blogging, web page updates, calendar)
Community Outreach & Connection
Newsletters
Flyers
Brochures
Other Promotional Materials

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Curriculum Development

When Wellcore develops customized curricula for schools and institutions we bring together the extensive expertise of our founders—health, mental health, and education professionals—as well as our team of highly qualified specialists and experts to create and implement interactive, effective health curricula that promote mental health, substance abuse prevention, as well as social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

Our Character Education program  for middle school students addresses the underlying emotional motives of bullying and fosters ethical, moral, and pro-social choices. The twelve-part program with versions for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders meets the standards for bullying prevention set forth in New Jersey’s Anti-bullying Bill of Rights and New York’s Dignity for All Students Act. The interactive and engaging lessons get students excited and involved and address the root causes of bullying behavior in order both to thwart antisocial behavior and to contend effectively with bullying.

Contact us to find out how we can develop customized curriculum for your organization.

Wellcore Parent Nights

Host Liability Night

At this seminar, experts including a judge and a lawyer explain current “social host laws,” intended to deter underage drinking, which can affect parents if youth are consuming alcohol at their homes or properties – whether or not the adults provided the alcohol. Participants learn what the risks are and how to avoid liability or worse.

Prescription Drug Trends

Experts such as DEA agents, ER doctors, and adolescent development professionals discuss current trends in prescription drug abuse, and how it has led to heroin use and a rise in youth overdoses. Participants in this workshop will learn about the dangers of prescription drugs and how to safeguard against them.

Is It More Than “Teen Angst”?

Parents who attend this workshop learn how to distinguish between routine “teen angst” and signs of more serious depression. Participants will learn how to decide whether or not it is time to seek help for their children.

Alcohol 101

This workshop, aimed at parents of pre-teens and young adolescents, explains the basics of what goes on with kids and alcohol, including the dangers of binge drinking. Also addressed is the growing lure of marijuana, which young people today are more likely to see as “no big deal” as it becomes legalized for medical use. Prevention specialists offer facts and discussion tips for effectively talking to children about this topic.

Contact Wellcore if you’d like to schedule a presentation for your school or organization.

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Wellcore works with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government, and community members to secure funding opportunities and oversee grants that improve the quality of health throughout the community. Wellcore has been awarded a variety of grants on the state and federal level, such as the prestigious Drug Free Community Support Grant, Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant, and Stop Act Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and an Extended Learning Time grant from New York State Education Department.

Wellcore’s experienced team has a proven track record of success in designing and implementing programs that support funding objectives. Wellcore also creates and implements research-based educational programs and customized curricula, which address a variety of topics such as substance abuse prevention, mental health, character education and more, in order to support the physical, emotional and social health of communities and schools.

Company Skill Set

Education

Counseling

Community Support

Funding Opportunities

Grant Writing

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A Mission To Increase Awareness To The Community

Established in 2000 under Wellcore, SOCASA, South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse adopted the mission to increase awareness of teenage substance abuse between teens, parents, educators and community members in order to promote education and prevention and decrease substance abuse related accidents and fatalities.

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  • Prestigious Awards

    • Drug Free Community Grant

    • Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant

    • Readiness Emergency Management System Grant

  • Collaborative Community

    • Rockland County District Attorney
    • Sheriff’s Department
    • NY Legislators
    • Orangetown Town Board
    • MADD: Mothers Against Destructive Decisions
    • Nyack Hospital
    • Good Samaritan Hospital
    • St. Thomas Aquinas College
    • Dominican College
    • PTSA: Parent Teacher Student Association
    • Board of Education
    • Rockland County Health Department
    • The Office of STOP DWI
    • OCADA: Our Community Against Drug Abuse Network
    • Orangetown Substance Abuse Committee
    • Rockland County Council on Alcoholism
    • The County Health Department
    • SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions
    • Mental Health Association of Rockland County

  • Education and Prevention Programs

    • Cyberknowledge Presentation
    • Character Education: Bullying
    • Host Liability
    • Alcohol 101
    • Prescription Drug Take Back with the Sheriff’s Department
    • “Secrets of the Street”: Dangerous Drug Trends
    • Teen Emotion Night: Adolescent Stress and Depression
    • Nutrition 101
    • RISKS: Childhood Obesity
    • Is Popularity Deadly?: Body Image Presentation
    • Smoking Education
    • Last Call: Mock DWI Accident
    • Shatter the Silence: Child Abuse Prevention/Education
    • Prom Assembly: Drug and Alcohol Safety Awareness
    • 2 ID Campaign: decrease use of false identification
    • MADD: Multimedia presentation
    • Point of Sale: Teen Tobacco Education
    • Prescription Drug Palm Cards

  • Alternate Activities

    • SOCASA WalkRun

    • Community Day

    • County-Wide Health Resources

    • Community Movie Night

    • Teen Golf Program

    • Fun Night at SOMS

  • Contributions

    • Penguin Plunge
    • Maria Fareri
    • Children’s Hospital
    • Prescription Drug Education
    • Palm Cards
    • Rockland County
    • Prescription Drug Symposium
    • Provided Passive Wand
    • DWI Goggles
    • Day Top

 

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Wellcore in the News

  • MAHWAH, N.J. – Victoria Shaw was a health teacher in Rockland County years ago when tragedy struck.

    “A bunch of wonderful young kids were drinking around a bonfire and one of the kids fell into the fire. And his friends were so intoxicated that they couldn’t get him out fast enough,” said Shaw, a Suffern native who now lives in Mahwah.

    The student survived, but was severely injured, she said. The incident prompted South Orangetown Central School District leaders to ask Shaw to create a taskforce around substance abuse prevention.

    But Shaw soon realized “it was hard to do a lot of education and prevention and raise awareness without funding.”

    “That is when we decided to start Wellcore Consulting,” she said.

    For 14 years, the company has been securing grants for communities, including many in Bergen and Rockland Counties. And Shaw, who holds a Master’s in mental health counseling and was once a drug and alcohol counselor, serves as executive director.

    “There are so, so many educational grants, health grants, mental health grants, grants for communities,” she said.

    RELATED: Advocate Aids Mahwah Residents ‘Stuck In Nightmare Of Addiction’

    The company secured a Drug Free Community Support Grant for the Mahwah Municipal Alliance, of which Shaw is a board member, she said. Now they are working on the same grant for Glen Rock, she said.

    They are also working on a Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act grant for Mahwah. The act provides money to treat opiate and heroin addiction, recovery coaches for addicts and therapeutic services for family members of addicts, she said.

    “I am passionate specifically about the drug epidemic. I just feel moved by it and so many young people get involved … They are great kids and make a bad choice, or they are lacking knowledge and before you know it they are overdosing and dying on heroin,” she said.

    The grant funding Wellcore has secured has helped communities with initiatives such as town hall meetings on opiates, Narcan trainings, events on anxiety and depression, drug-free activities for youth, and liaisons for those impacted by addiction.

    RELATED: Loss Of Young Lives Gets Oakland Talking Mental Health

    When it comes to the heroin epidemic, Shaw feels “you can never do enough, but you got to keep trying.”

    Shaw said she is always willing to help communities and people impacted by addiction. To reach Shaw, call her at 845-304-4371 or email her at vshaw@wellcore.org.

    Source: Daily Voice

  • NEW HEMPSTEAD – Come September, the final bell won’t ring until nearly suppertime at Pomona Middle School. The East Ramapo school district is using a newly acquired state grant to lengthen the school day at the middle school by about two hours, from 3:14 p.m. — the time students were released last year — to 5:21 p.m. The change will extend the current eight-period day with a ninth period for additional academic instruction and a 10th period for enrichment and recreational programs, according to educators at Wellcore, the local nonprofit administering the grant money under a contract with East Ramapo. East Ramapo is one of nine districts statewide recently awarded a slice of $24 million the state offered for the competitive Extended Learning Time (ELT) grant. Yonkers City Schools were awarded $3.1 million for 2014-15. East Ramapo will receive about $2.6 million, or $1,293,500 each year for the next two years, which will fund the extended work day for the middle school teachers, teaching assistants, administrators and support staff. Officials expect the extra time will help some of East Ramapo’s most vulnerable adolescents score better on state exams and become more engaged in and supported by their school communities during the impressionable pre-high school years.

    “The middle school is incredibly important to target,” Vickie Shaw, Wellcore co-director, said. “It’s one of the most difficult times of an adolescent’s life to navigate. There’s intense social pressure. … Kids sometimes are unsure of who they are and where they’re going. You’re really laying the foundation for them to be successful in high school and to graduate.” East Ramapo administrators have struggled to implement the state’s new Common Core standards with scant resources; meanwhile, test scores and graduation rates have floundered. The high-needs district of 9,000 public school students includes many non-English speaking children who move frequently between schools or between the U.S. and their native countries in Central and South America. “Anytime that there’s a socioeconomic strain or English as a second language or moving from another county, it adds stressors as far as fitting in, feeling comfortable, having confidence,” Susan Maher, Shaw’s business partner, said.

    “There’s a mixed bag of all sorts of things going on for these students.”

    The district has been plagued with budget crises, controversial lawsuits and ongoing strife between the Orthodox Jewish and Hasidic-controlled school board and the public school community, which is largely black and Hispanic.

    Shaw and Maher, said they approached the district last summer with the idea to apply for the grant. Both women are health teachers in the South Orangetown school district who have spent more than a decade writing health and wellness-related grants for other districts and directing substance abuse prevention efforts locally.

    “Our hearts are connected,” said Shaw, who used to work in East Ramapo. “We know what’s happening and the cuts that they’ve (endured).”

    Information sessions on Pomona Middle School’s longer school day are planned for Aug. 13, with a staff session at 10 a.m. and a parent session at 7 p.m. Parents can expect to receive letters about the changes soon. Wellcore intends to continue seeking grants to fund similar programs at Chestnut Ridge Middle School and district officials plan to use cash from the leasing of that building to a summer camp to mitigate some past budget cuts.

    The ELT grant coincides with a separate $500,000 Community Schools grant the state Education Department awarded to Pomona Middle School earlier this year. It will give students access to free or low-cost dental cleanings, eye exams, counseling and other services through the district’s new partnerships with local organizations.

    More changes

    Another new grant Wellcore is administering this year will fund an after-school program for 130 Lime Kiln Elementary students in fifth and sixth grade. The program will be located at Pomona Middle School and Lime Kiln students will be bused over five days a week, according to Shaw and Maher. The Advantage After School Program (AASP) grant comes from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and provides $175,000 per year for five years.

    A sign-up period will begin soon and the 130 spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, Shaw and Maher said. Superintendent Joel Klein and Pomona Middle School Principal Christine Alfonso could not be reached for comment.

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  • Congresswoman Lowey Announces $1.7 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Local Youth Substance Abuse

    Fourteen local community coalitions in Westchester and Rockland will use federal funds to help prevent substance abuse among Lower Hudson Valley youth.
    WHITE PLAINS, NY– Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that 14 local organizations will receive a total of $1.7 million in federal grants for youth anti-substance abuse initiatives through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Program.

    “Our children deserve the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive in communities free of harmful substances,” said Lowey. “These Drug Free Communities grants will help prevent youth drug and alcohol abuse and, as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to ensure this important program receives the federal funding it deserves.”

    In New York’s 17th Congressional District, 14 local entities awarded grants include:

    Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) in Yorktown Heights ($125,000);

    Blind Brook Community Coalition ($125,000);

    City of Peekskill Youth Bureau ($125,000);

    City of White Plains ($125,000);

    Cortlandt Community Coalition ($125,000);

    Croton Community Coalition ($125,000);

    Irvington Community Advisory Board ($125,000);

    Mount Kisco Drug & Alcohol Prevention Council ($125,000);

    OCADA, Inc. ($125,000), which serves Central Nyack, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Grandview, Upper Nyack, and Valley Cottage;

    Ossining Communities That Care ($125,000);

    Port Chester Cares Community Coalition ($125,000);

    South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse ($125,000);

    Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth ($125,000); and

    Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth ($75,000), for a mentoring program for the North Castle Community Coalition.

    “These grants provide an essential community approach to preventing youth substance abuse,” said Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of the Student Assistance Services Corporation, which works closely with Westchester community coalitions on planning, implementing, and evaluating substance abuse prevention activities. “With more teens using marijuana and the recent tragedies of opiate overdoses, Congresswoman Lowey’s leadership in making critical funding available to address these issues couldn’t have come at a more important time.”

    Susan Maher, co-Director of Wellcore, Inc., which writes the grant applications for a number of the Rockland coalitions, said, “These Drug Free Communities grants will help the coalitions provide education and prevention programming. We are excited to be able to maintain these programs to see even greater improvement over the next 5 years, and we thank Congresswoman Lowey for efforts to help fund these initiatives at the federal level.”

    The federal grants totaling $1,700,000 were awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug-Free Communities Program, which provides grants to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants to local communities nationwide.

  • POMONA – Seventh and eighth-grade students at Pomona Middle School will be on the cutting edge of education technology this fall.

    Using a state grant, the district purchased 600 HP Chromebooks for students and teachers to use. The grant will also pay for Wi-Fi and other technologies in the building.

    An educational consulting firm helped the East Ramapo School District obtain the grant. “It’s going to allow the students to be able to collaborate with each other on projects. It will allow the teachers to provide more enrichment materials, and it’s going to be a vehicle that’s going to engage the students,” says Wellcore Executive Director Susan Maher.

    While the computers and infrastructure are being set up now, the students won’t actually begin using them until mid-October.

    Watch the News 12 video here.

     

     

     

  • 14 Lower Hudson Valley Drug Prevention Groups Get Federal Grants

    The Journal News, Jane Lerner, September 12, 2015

    The funding comes from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

    Fourteen organizations in the Lower Hudson Valley that work to prevent young people from abusing drugs and alcohol have gotten a total of $1.8 million in federal grants.

    The funding comes from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities program. according to U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, who announced the grants.

    Organizations across Westchester and Rockland counties will benefit. The region has been hit hard by a wave of overdose by young people hooked on heroin and prescription pain medication.

    “We are elated because every community needs the funds to raise awareness of the epidemic of drugs and alcohol throughout this country,”  Victoria Shaw, executive director at Wellcore of West Nyack, which helps communities get grants, said in a statement.

    Dobbs Ferry school Superintendent Lisa Brady said the $125,000 grant for the Dobbs Ferry Youth Services Council will enable the groups to reach more people who need help.

    “We believe we will be able to make a difference in the lives of more kids and more families because we have access to a high level of service,” she said in a statement.

    The Prevention Education for East Ramapo Coalition will be able to get training from the South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse, which was awarded a $75,000 grant to train and mentor the East Ramapo group.

    Other recipients include:

    • Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals), $125,000.
    • Suffern United Coalition Against Substance Abuse (SUCASA), $125,000.
    • Alliance for Safe Kids, Yorktown: $125,000
    • Blind Brook Community Coalition: $125,000
    • Cortlandt Community Coalition: $125,000
    • Croton Community Coalition: $125,000
    • Irvington Community Advisory Board: $125,000
    • Mount Kisco Drug & Alcohol Prevention Council: $125,000
    • Our Community Against Drug Abuse (OCADA), Blauvelt: $123,461
    • Peekskill Agencies Together (PAT): $125,000
    • Port Chester Cares Community Coalition: $125,000
    • Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth: $125,000

     

Press Releases

  • Suffern, NY

    Wellcore, Inc. is excited to announce that in partnership with the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD), it has secured an Advantage After School Program (AASP) grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The program, which begins in September 2014, will provide quality youth development opportunities to ERCSD students from designated schools for three hours directly after school.

    Research shows that children who participate in quality afterschool programs have higher school attendance and academic achievement, and are less likely to be involved in risky behaviors during the afterschool hours. The AASP will offer a broad range of educational and recreational activities that are culturally thoughtful and age-appropriate and integrate what happens in the school day, as well as provide working parents with a safe place for their children. Youth and family involvement in program planning and implementation is a key component.

    The AASP program will include academic enrichment, physical activity, homework help, and refreshments every day. Life Skills activities will be implemented to increase personal responsibility, self-esteem, and confidence. Activities will be designed to educate young people on career opportunities including 30-minute “Parent Talks” at the end of the day with parents coming in as guest speakers to tell the students about their chosen career, profession, or trade. Civic Engagement and Community Building Activities will be designed to strengthen leadership skills, community awareness, and civic responsibility. Crafts, Culture, and Art activities will be designed to provide students with opportunities to express themselves creatively.

    The AASP will be held at Pomona Middle School, a Community Hub site as designated by the Community Schools Initiative grant previously awarded by the New York State Education Department, which was also secured by Wellcore in partnership with ERCSD. Community Schools such as Pomona Middle School coordinate and maximize public, non-profit, and private resources to deliver school-linked academic, health, mental health, nutrition, counseling, legal and/or other services to students and their families.

    About Wellcore

    Wellcore, Inc. is a non-profit educational consulting firm specializing in health and wellness. Wellcore creates and implements cutting-edge health curriculum for grades K-12 that infuses technology into the classroom in order to promote problem-based learning and accommodate differentiated learning. In addition, Wellcore works with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government, and community members to secure funding opportunities and oversee grants that improve the quality of health throughout the community. Wellcore has been awarded a variety of grants on the state and federal level, such as the prestigious Drug Free Community Support Grant, Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant, and Stop Act Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and an Extended Learning Time grant from New York State Education Department.

  • West Nyack, NY

    – Local High School Students Complete Youth Court Education Program

    West Nyack, NY – March 13, 2015– Wellcore, Inc. is pleased to announce that 50 students from Tappan Zee High School and Pearl River High School who have completed the Orangetown Youth Court program will be honored at a graduation ceremony on April 21, 2015 at 7 pm in the New Courtroom, 26 Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY.

    Orangetown’s Youth Court program, which is funded in part by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, is a youth-led juvenile justice alternative designed for and operated by youth, which focuses on restorative justice and trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges, and attorneys. Youth Court members handle cases involving their peers and use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.

    Through the program, Youth Court members learn about the justice system and gain a unique opportunity for civic engagement, and juvenile offenders make amends through constructive sanctions such as community service. Typical cases heard in Youth Court include shoplifting, criminal mischief, larceny, vandalism and cases involving substance abuse. As part of sentencing, youth meet with a Wellcore professional for a comprehensive assessment and receive appropriate education as well as referrals for counseling, drug or alcohol treatment, and/or other services as needed.

    Orangetown is one of 65 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted over $32 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 520 communities.

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    About Wellcore

    Wellcore, Inc. is a non-profit educational consulting firm that works with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government, and community members to secure funding opportunities and oversee grants that improve the quality of health throughout the community. Wellcore has been awarded a variety of grants on the state and federal level, such as the prestigious Drug Free Community Support Grant, Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant, and Stop Act Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and an Extended Learning Time grant from New York State Education Department.

    About State Farm®

    State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit State Farm.

    About the Youth Advisory Board

    The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to site grantees. For more information, please visit State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

  • West Nyack, NY

     – Wellcore, Inc. will receive a $51,000 service-learning grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to benefit Orangetown’s Youth Court program.

    Youth Court, a youth-led juvenile justice alternative designed for and operated by youth, focuses on restorative justice and trains teenagers to serve as jurors, judges, and attorneys. Youth Court members handle cases involving their peers and use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system.

    The new grant from State Farm will allow more Youth Court members to participate in this powerful set of civic opportunities, and will enable more juvenile offenders to make amends through constructive sanctions such as community service. Typical cases heard in Youth Court include shoplifting, criminal mischief, larceny, vandalism and cases involving substance abuse. When cases involve suspected substance abuse, Wellcore evaluates, meets with the offender and refers them to necessary community services. Wellcore also provides a social worker to assist with identification and counseling in substance abuse cases.

    Wellcore is one of 65 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted over $32 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 520 communities.

    About Wellcore

    Wellcore, Inc. is a non-profit educational consulting firm specializing in health and wellness. Wellcore creates and implements cutting-edge health curriculum for grades K-12 that infuses technology into the classroom in order to promote problem-based learning and accommodate differentiated learning. In addition, Wellcore works with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government, and community members to secure funding opportunities and oversee grants that improve the quality of health throughout the community. Wellcore has been awarded a variety of grants on the state and federal level, such as the prestigious Drug Free Community Support Grant, Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant, and Stop Act Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and an Extended Learning Time grant from New York State Education Department.

    About State Farm®:

    State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit State Farm
    About the Youth Advisory Board: The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to site grantees.

  • Suffern, NY

    Wellcore, Inc. is excited to announce that in partnership with the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD), it has secured a grant from the New York State Education Department to expand learning time as part of the state’s Extended Learning Time initiative championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. ERCSD is one of only nine districts in the state to be awarded this additional funding, which increases time for core academics while preserving extracurricular activities. Research has shown that a longer, redesigned school day can help schools boost student achievement.

    The program, called the Ramapo Extended Accelerated Learning Time Middle School (REAL Time MS), will begin at Pomona Middle School this September and will expand learning time by 25 percent. The mission of REAL Time MS is to enrich academic achievement opportunities for all students by developing and nurturing them with the academic, emotional, and social skills essential for college and career readiness while creating a safe and fun learning environment.

    The REAL Time MS will extend the school day at Pomona MS by adding two additional periods (one hour and 55 minutes) to students’ school day, with the added time specifically focused on additional core subject instruction for remediation and acceleration as well as extracurricular activities such as clubs, enrichment, physical activity, and homework help.

    To ensure effective program design and implementation of the Extended Learning Time grant, ERCSD has partnered with Wellcore Inc. Wellcore has a track record of success with area school districts including the South Orangetown Central School District and the Nyack School District where it has worked to create community coalitions, realize successful school change, and provide training, technical assistance, and program development and implementation.

    About Wellcore

    Wellcore, Inc. is a non-profit educational consulting firm specializing in health and wellness. Wellcore creates and implements cutting-edge health curriculum for grades K-12 that infuses technology into the classroom in order to promote problem-based learning and accommodate differentiated learning. In addition, Wellcore works with key community stakeholders such as schools, law enforcement, local government, and community members to secure funding opportunities and oversee grants that improve the quality of health throughout the community. Wellcore has been awarded a variety of grants on the state and federal level, such as the prestigious Drug Free Community Support Grant, Drug Free Community Mentoring Grant, and Stop Act Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency and the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and an Advantage After School Program grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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