For Educators

Educators are a critical component to our mission to create and support healthy and drug-free communities. Hanley Foundation’s prevention specialists are available to address groups in all 15 of the counties we serve: Palm Beach, Broward, Clay, Baker, St. Johns, Flagler, Alachua, Putnam, Citrus, Levy, Lee, Hendry, Glades, Manatee, and Charlotte.

The need to support our Florida school-based educators is particularly great. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in Florida (only Miami-Dade is bigger) with more than 271,000 students and 15,084 instructional staff members. The School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the state; with 180 schools, it has more than 12,800 teachers and serves more than 193,000 students.

Our evidence-based programs are proven through research to prevent and delay the use of alcohol and other drugs. Our programs are delivered in cooperation with our community partners and are designed to support middle and high school-aged students. The programs utilize empowering, positive messages that avoid the use of scare tactics – while including real-world examples to minimize the potential of future harm.

The State of Florida’s capacity to fund programming for youth and adults in underserved communities is not yet known, but Hanley Foundation is determined to find funding to provide free programming in areas where it is needed and desired. During 2016, Hanley Foundation served close to 30,000 students and adults.

The prevention staff offers substance abuse prevention programs that are approved by the National Registry of Evidence-based Prevention Programs and Practices (NREPP). These programs are gender specific when necessary, offered in other languages if available, and are all age-appropriate. These programs focus on educating students, parents, and adults in the community using positive messages and open conversations.

Here’s a list of Hanley Foundation programs educators may wish to consider:

Educators who wish to schedule a Hanley Foundation staff member to speak may email or call Ryan Wertepny, Hanley Foundation’s Director of Prevention Services: 561-268-2351.