SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP VENTURE - U.S. SCHOOL COUNSELOR CORPS
- David Anderson, The Child Mind Institute.
Wise Counsel is a counseling corps program dedicated to healing the present to preserve a prosperous future by improving the emotional well-being, financial acumen, and college readiness of K-16 students nationwide to address the nationwide school counseling shortage. In the recent wake of the thousands of lives that's been lost due to school shootings, suicides, and mental illness we are convicted in our decision to provide an answer to the needs of our students nationwide. We envision a world where schools have additional resources to tackle mental health prevention efforts in response to school violence/self-harm occurences and to provide students with guidance necessary to fulfill enriched academic attainment.
With more than 50 million students enrolled in a U.S. public school the school counselor shortage as been proven evident being that in many cities there is one counselor for every 500 students which leaves many emotional and mental health issues left untreated. Wise Counsel services includes methods of awareness, early intervention, destigmatization, counseling, prevention, and intervention.
"A study of the program found that for every $1 invested in counseling, the state saved $20 in potential incarceration expenses, social safety net services, lost tax revenue from earnings, and other costs related to students who would have dropped out of school. Colorado has chosen to focus its counselor initiative on middle and high school. Its goal is to improve outcomes in low-income high schools: fewer dropouts, more graduates, and more students enrolling in college." - Education Week