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Justin Wells named Violence Prevention Project Coordinator for Saint Joseph Mount Sterling
Safe Schools Program will help curb bullying in schools
Mt. Sterling, Ky. (October 2, 2015) — Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne, has named Justin Wells violence prevention project coordinator. He will be responsible for administering the “Safe School Ambassadors” program, aimed at addressing the problem of bullying in Montgomery County Schools.
Wells will work with several schools and other agencies within Montgomery County to implement the program and will develop school-based leadership teams to assist with this initiative. The program will educate students on bullying and appropriate intervention strategies. In collaboration with school administrators, Wells will help the school teams develop organization practices to ensure the success of the program.
“This program has potential to make a significant impact and reduce bullying in Montgomery County Schools,” said Sr. Janet Carr, manager of mission services, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “Having a leader with the right skills and background is key to the program’s success and we’re confident that Justin’s experience and dedication will help us make a difference in our community.”
Most recently, Wells served as grant manager with the Gateway Community Action on the Responsible Fatherhood program and the Healthy Marriages Initiative, which involved facilitating numerous classes in parenting skills, financial literacy, relationship education and job skills.
In 2014, Catholic Health Initiatives provided Saint Joseph Mount Sterling with a planning year grant to assess violence in Montgomery County and plan a responsive intervention. A 3-year grant to implement the Safe School Ambassadors program and curb bullying in schools was awarded in summer 2015.
The grant is part of Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mission and Ministry Fund, established to provide funding for the planning, development and implementation of new initiatives to promote healthy communities. The Mission and Ministry Fund awards Violence Prevention Grants which enable applicants to plan violence prevention initiatives in local communities.
“The Mission and Ministry Fund is a hallmark of Catholic Health Initiatives’ spirit of innovation and dedication to creating healthier communities,” said Sr. Carr. “We look forward to feeling the impact of this grant in our community.”
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