Providing inspiration, education and resources to youth, families and communities in need.
There are millions of young people who have experienced hardship and unrealized potential, but are still open to seeing bigger possibilities for their lives.
The Brian Dawkins Impact Foundation was created in 2019 with a belief in the power of transformative moments to trigger a spark in young people – young people who have the desire to make positive decisions in life and just need the tools to make it happen. A trigger that will have positive ripple effects on families and ultimately, on entire communities.
Leveraging the values and knowledge Brian gained over his lifetime, the Foundation is on a mission to help disadvantaged young people, families and communities, while also promoting spiritual, cerebral and physical wellness. With an initial focus in Jacksonville, Clemson and Philadelphia — the communities that made Brian into the person he is today – the Foundation seeks to support those who may lack the resources to succeed, but have the desire to take a path toward a positive future.
Leveraging the values and knowledge Brian gained over his lifetime, the Foundation is on a mission to help disadvantaged young people, families and communities, while also promoting spiritual, cerebral and physical wellness. With an initial focus in Jacksonville, Clemson and Philadelphia — the communities that made Brian into the person he is today – the Foundation will support those who lack the resources to succeed, but have the desire to take a path toward a positive future.
THE 4 PILLARS – YOUR AREA of COntrol
OWNING YOUR Cerebral Wellness
According to the CDC, mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day.
Through EVERFI’s interactive, digital Mental Wellness Basics course (at no cost to schools), 8th – 10th graders can explore their own mental health, learn to identify challenges they may face, and develop concrete strategies for managing those challenges. The course also, increases their awareness of available resources, empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and language necessary to identify and support a peer in need or at risk.
To ensure that students know that people care about their well-being and want them to be successful, the course also includes personal messages from Brian who himself went to Jacksonville’s William M. Raines high school.
In 2020 the Brian Dawkins Values Program was able to positively impact 704 students in Jacksonville. 75% of participating students said that they now knew what they need to do to manage their emotions in a healthy way, 72% said they would be confident in finding help for their mental health needs and 76% said that they would feel confident helping someone else in need.
With the Program expanding to include Jacksonville and Philadelphia in 2021 we will continue to support the mental wellness of our young people at a time when it has never been more important.
The Science Behind Mental Wellness
Establishing Effective Coping Strategies
Seeking Help From Others & Supporting Those In Need
The hour-long program covers four topic areas through interactive scenarios, activities, and Q&A. Online lessons are accompanied by robust offline lesson plans and discussion guides to extend the concepts, skills, and strategies learned in the course. Teachers and parents also receive the tools and resources allowing them to continue to encourage and support students throughout their journey.
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