Activist, Advisor, Advocate
Vanjessitha Wilkinson, Social Worker
The Social Work Department serves our students' needs at CHS. See below for more information on specific programs.
Grief and Loss Resources
Social Work Services:
If your child has experienced grief from a loss, please contact your child’s school to learn more information about support services offered via the school and community resources that may be available. It is important to understand that children and adolescents experience a variety of emotions and may respond or cope with grief differently.
THE DOUGY CENTER
· Grief Information for Kids, Teens, and Adults https://www.dougy.org/
THE AMELIA CENTER / CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA
· Grief/Bereaved Resources for Families https://www.childrensal.org/for-families
HOSPICE OF WEST ALABAMA
· Grief Support Services https://hospiceofwestal.com/grief-counseling-support/
· Night of Lights https://hospiceofwestal.com/grief-counseling-support/night-of-lights/
NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION
· Grief Information for Parents/Guardians https://www.newyorklife.com/foundation
· Helping Your Child Deal With Death https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/death.html
· Helping Kids Cope with Grief (Article) https://www.parents.com/kids/development/behavioral/helping-kids-cope-grief/
Please contact Central High School Social Worker, Vanjessitha Wilkinson, LMSW at (205) 759-3720 ext. 1813 for more information
School Social Workers provide support, guidance, and encouragement to students who are teen parents or pregnant. The goals for the students are to remain in school and graduate with a high school diploma.
Social workers coordinate with guidance counselors and the school nurse to collaborate on individualized learning plans to address academic, health, emotional, and career goals in an effort to prevent teen mothers from dropping out of school.
Social Workers specifically provide case management services/resources to teen moms (ex. Medicaid, Parenting Classes, Community Agencies, etc.)
Parent Life Program
Faith Johnson May has served as the Parent Life Director with Youth for Christ for 5 years. She meets with Teen Parents and Expecting Students throughout the school year. Mrs. May provides various services to young moms and their families.
PARENT LIFE meets on Wednesdays at Central High School:
September 4, 2019
September 18, 2019
October 2, 2019
October 16, 2019
October 30, 2019
November 11, 2019
December 4, 2019
The CHS Library maintains a collection of story books for primary age children (and younger) in addition to Parenting advice books.
Student parents are encouraged to read to their children whenever possible!
SANTA SHOP (day/location to be announced)
For more information about the Parent Life Program and resources available to teen parents or pregnant students, please contact CHS Social Worker, Vanjessitha Wilkinson.