Ms. Judon Streater, Lead Academy School Counselor

May 2019

Focus: Mental Health Awareness

Did you know that May was Mental Health Awareness Month.  Statistics show that 1 in 5 people will be affected by Mental Health in their lifetime.  Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness.  During May, organizations across the country recognize and raise awareness of mental health.  Fighting the stigma, providing support, educating the public and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness and their families is essential.

At one point only one week during this month was dedicated to mental health of children and adults alike in South Carolina. Just recently Governor Henry McMaster issued a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Month in South Carolina and declared May as Children’s Mental Health Month.  You may be saying…”Great!”…..”Why is this important?”           

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well being.  Many people ensure they see a physician regularly because physical health is important.  What is the difference in one’s mental health?  The mind in some instances controls the body. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act. It helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.  Mental health is important at every stage in a person's life from childhood to adulthood.

At Lead, we partner with many different organizations to provide support to our students and families.  All About Change is one of our partners.  Kristian Harris, Program Director, shared “At times, in all our lives, we need support to get through life.  Challenges come in many different forms. Life cycle changes are particularly difficult and oftentimes families struggle with the rapid changes that occur during these changes.  We are here to help you and your family truly see 360 degrees of change.  The staff at All About Change takes pride in nurturing your child and family to make lasting change.  Mental Health is the most important aspect of life; often times more important that your physical health.”

Everyone has a different set of priorities.  For some its physical for some its mental and for many it’s both.  We hope that you use this information as not only awareness but also as an opportunity to take action.  For more information about Mental Health and or organizations that can help you on your quest, please see below.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email Ms. Streater at .

National Alliance on Mental Health

SC Department of Mental Health

All About Change

Federation of Families South Carolina-Events


Parent Resources

Parent/Guardian Referral Form for Counseling

Please complete this form in its entirety when referring a student to the school counselor for counseling services. Counseling sessions with students are kept confidential within legal and ethical parameters. Sessions generally last 15-20 minutes depending on the presenting issue.

Low-cost Home Internet Service from AT&T

AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Access from AT&T® provides an affordable way for eligible low-income consumers to get affordable Internet access. Households with at least one resident participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may qualify for Internet service at $5 or $10 per month, depending on the speed available. In addition, installation and Internet equipment fees will be waived for participating households. Potential customers can learn more and see if they qualify by visiting, or by calling 1-855-220-5211 for assistance in English or 1-855-220-5225 for assistance in Spanish.

Food Bank- Greenville Salvation Army offers a food bank.  Families can visit the food bank Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-3:30pm. Call 864-235-4803 for more information.

Free Clothing- If you are in need of clothing, the Salvation Army located at 417 Rutherford Street gives 6 clothing vouchers per day to families.  Families can retrieve these clothing vouchers between 8:00am-3:30pm Monday-Thursday.  For additional information, please feel free to contact the Salvation Army directly at 864-235-4803.

Assistance programs in Greenville, SC- Click the following links if you are interested in assistance with meals, children's toys, books, clothes or even emergency shelter.   For more Assistance programs, please reach out to Ms. Streater at 864-613-7532 or .

Salvation Army- The Salvation Army is full of resources.  They are offering free personal development classes (in partnership with the Greenville County Library System); in conjunction with toy assistance through their Giving Hope Program. The Salvation Army also has a food bank and clothing vouchers (see events) as well as emergency shelter for men, women and children.  Emergency shelter depends on availability, be sure to contact them directly before arrival. The Salvation Army  encourages families who are in need of a holiday meal to dine with them this holiday season. Holiday meals will be served in November and December at 417 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC 29609. For additional information about any of the resources above, please call 864-235-4803.

Need Help FAST? Dial 211 Click on this link or as stated Dial 211 for a list of places that may be able to assist you.  You can also call 1-866-892-9211. Call an agency to find out their requirements for receiving services.  Services include but are not limited to Financial Assistance (Rent/Utilities), Food Assistance, Medical, Shelter, Employment and more.  Should you need additional services and or support, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Streater at 864-613-7532 or .

Student Resources & Programs

Student Referral Form for Counseling

Students (ONLY)  complete this form in its entirety when requesting a visit with the  school counselor for counseling services. Counseling sessions with students are kept confidential within legal and ethical parameters. Sessions generally last 15-20 minutes depending on the presenting issue.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Based on the books by Crockett Johnson Adapted by Jon Ludwig. Presented at the Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street N.W. Atlanta, GA 30309-2820.  A curious boy has the power to create anything he can impaine simply by drawing it with an oversized purple crayon. For more information click the link, visit PUPPET.ORG or call 404-873-3392.  For ages 4 and Up.  April 2nd -May 26th.

Project: Wise, sponsored by Clemson University.  June 23rd-28th at Clemson University. Scholarships available.  Please apply if you are  a young lady interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Pursuing these majors offers a world of interesting and exciting careers that improve the lives of everyone.  Click the link above for more information.  Click here for the application.  Original Deadline April 29th- DEADLINE EXTENDED to May 10th.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation- Although the Young Scholars application process is closed we encourage Current 6th grade students to sign up to receive notifications about their 2020 application here   The Young Scholars Program is a selective five year, pre-college scholarship for high performing 7th grade students with financial need.  It provides comprehensive academic and college advising as well as financial support for school.  Cooke-sponsored summer program, internships and other learning enrichment opportunities.

Summer Opportunities- COMING SOON


Urban League Events-  Please find the Project Ready and Mentor 5 programs via the Urban League Events link.  This includes a plethora of free events including but not limited to Community Service/Learning, Stop Bullying,  Countdown to College and more.  Check it out  Dates Vary.  

Federation of Families- Empowerment Night - Federation of Families of SC is a  welcoming place to find support, hope, and to connect with other parents and caregivers. Confirm attendance by Tuesday, Light snacks provided. Call 1-803-834-1241. Held each Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at 37 Villa Road, Greenville, SC 29615. Parents and teens who participate in Youth M.O.V.E will meet in separate rooms.  

Federation of Families- Youth M.O.V.E.- (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) SC, Support Network Meeting, Greenville County Confirm attendance by Tuesday, Light snacks provided. Every Thursday 6:30pm-7:45pm at 37 Villa Road, Suite 300, Greenville, SC 29615.  Federations of Families of South Carolina is a voice for Children’s Mental Health in SC.  Youth M.O.V.E. is for youth ages 12-25 with behavioral, mental health and/ or substance use challenges who need encouragement in a non-judgemental environment and or who can share challenges and success stories.  RSVP with Rowland Malloy Regional Youth Specialist at 803-772-5210 or .

Yeah, That Greenville - Click this link if you are interested in finding events in the area.  This could range from Holiday to Recreational events. Use the search engine within this site to help narrow your search to your preference(s).  Enjoy exploring Greenville.

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