Nurturing Wellness Group Foundation is a Wayne County, Michigan based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in November 2017 by Terri Brinston, RN, MA, CLNC and CEO of School Nurse. Our primary focus is to help students and young adults overcome barriers that prevent or delay success in school and life by providing them access to a holistic support system.
We intervene through educational programming, prevention initiatives, mentoring, case management services, parent support, and actively collaborate with others to build students and families’ capacity for adaptation, self-management, career and employment preparation, self-advocacy, and learning.
The Nurturing Wellness Group Foundation serves teens and young adults ages 12 to 25 who are struggling in school and in life due to stresses such as:
Unstable home environment
Incarcerated family member
Victims or witnesses of drug, physical, or mental abuse
Exposure to foster care or juvenile systems
Frequent school infractions
Behavioral and emotional disorders
Mental health disorders
Why We Serve
We believe that education is the engine for climbing the socioeconomic ladder, a big part of the American Dream. Unfortunately, Michigan’s public education system is not meeting the needs of students and as a result, many students are not prepared for success after high school.
According to the National Center for Education 2015 Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Michigan’s eighth graders are below proficiency in math (71% below ), reading (68% below), writing (73% below ), and science (64% below). According to Community Commons (2015/16), Michigan's high school graduation rate is at 82.6%, which is lower than the national average of 85%.
Research has confirmed that students' challenges in school are related to the imbalance of their physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Because of the complexity of their issues, students are often distracted and ill-prepared to deal with the challenges required for their academic success.
Projected Outcomes for Students Engaged in LSS & YASS
Objective: Transform frame of mind and thinking process to a more positive and productive outlook.
Objective: Increase motivation, desires, ambitions, and attitudes towards aspirations.
Objective: Increase self-esteem, confidence, and awareness of morals and values, and overcome self-limiting beliefs.
Objective: Redirect negative or non-productive habits.