JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 30, 2015 – On March 26th Dr. Pam Mullarkey, Founder and CEO of Project SOS, met with Representatives and Legislative Aides in the House to report the tremendous success of a $300,000 allocation in last year’s budget to take Project SOS Transition course statewide. Being granted $300,000 last year, Project SOS reached 17 additional counties, 15,000 students, in North Florida. If granted the money again this year, another 15,000 students will be reached as far south as the Keys. The SOS Transition course equips 6th and 9th grade students to transition into their new school environment while empowering them with critical life skills delivered in a fun and interactive curriculum.
Representative Janet Atkins has become an advocate for the SOS Transition course. Dr. Mullarkey will be in Tallahassee again this week meeting with Senators and their aides to report last year’s results with them as well. “This program is great because it helps students learn to focus on excellence in their own lives. It teaches them to set attainable goals and goes a step further by showing them how to maintain and keep those goals by establishing personal boundaries and refusal strategies. Based on our findings, when students learn why they are important and how they can live their best possible lives, they tend to do better academically, psychologically and socially,” said Marshae Best, the Program Manager for the SOS Transition Course.
Project SOS started working with teenagers in 1993, and since then has impacted the lives of over 400,000 students in Northeast Florida. They have helped reduce the teen birth rates by 64%, the juvenile crime by 35% and use of drugs and alcohol by 28%. Project SOS also has a Healthy Relationship Department that works with parents to create a home that is filled with peace and love instead of chaos and anger. In 2014, Jacksonville Business Journal presented Project SOS with one of the BEST PLACES TO WORK award. For more information about Project SOS or to get involved in helping strengthen families by empowering parents & educating youth to make healthy life choices, visit www.projectsos.com or contact the office at 904-296-9950.