The College Re-Entry staff: Julie Wolfson, Anna Jarashow, and Jason Bowman
On the evening of June 12th, the Fountain House College Re-Entry Program officially unveiled its new center in a brownstone at 437 W. 47th Street. Nearly 100 people - including community partners, mental health professionals, friends, and families - gathered together on the new two-floor site to celebrate and to learn about this exciting new program.
Program director Jason Bowman outlined the College Re-Entry Program’s innovative vision and plan. Aimed at students who have suspended their education due to a mental health crisis, the program will prepare participants to successfully pursue their educational goals and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. It will be the only community-based program of its kind to target young adults, ages 18-30, and bridge the gap between clinical mental health services and educational institutions. Components of the program will include transitional education; personalized coaching; family education; wellness planning; community building; and ongoing outreach and support services. After three to six months, students will gain the skills, confidence, and support they need to re-enter college. With great joy, he announced that applications for the first session of students are available now!
The College Re-Entry Program will occupy two beautifully renovated floors of a historic brownstone.
The speakers who followed left the audience with a strong sense of urgency. Dr. Elizabeth Kastelic, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University and clinical service provider, shared expert insight into the existing need, highlighting her research and experience as Director of Adolescent and Mood Disorders and Inpatient Service Director of University Mental Health Services. Driving the message home, Matt, a volunteer who was been deeply involved in the development of College Re-Entry, passionately recounted his own struggles in college as he learned to cope with mental health issues. He described the mentor aspect of College Re-entry, which will demonstrate to participants that there is light at the end of the tunnel by pairing them with someone who has gone through similar struggles and come out the other side.
The College Re-Entry Program is set to start at the end of Summer 2014. Fountain House will charge a fee for this program and plans to offer scholarships after the first year. Applications are available, and there are still spots available in the first class. For student, mentor or volunteer applications, please email Jason Bowman.
Jason Bowman, Anna Jarashow, and Julie Wolfson
College Re-Entry program staff