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Why Support SC|CS
The American School Counselor Association national conference brings 3,000+ school counselors together to attend hundreds of sessions on topics from college readiness to suicide prevention and is the best professional development in the year. Sadly, many counselors do not get funding from their schools to attend this vital conference and pay out-of-pocket to attend each year because they see it as an important investment.
In 2011, Jeff “The Counseling Geek” Ream was a graduate student and being paid like one – but wanted to attend the ASCA conference in Seattle. He could not pay to attend and asked around if there were any scholarships available. There was not a single scholarship to help school counselors afford the conference. I connected with my supervisor, local resources, and a few helpful family members and was able to attend due to their generosity.
In 2013, Jeff decided to take on a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) with his blog and raise money to help counselors get to ASCA. The community stepped up and provided partial scholarships for two counselors. In 2014, we increased our goal and the community responded. There were two full scholarships provided with one partial scholarship for registration costs. In 2015, we raised $1,435 – enough for 4 full ASCA scholarships and one partial scholarship. In SC|CS 2016, 50 supporters raised $2,495 for 8 full scholarships to attend ASCA 2016.
For SC|CS 2017, The Counseling Geek is again teaming up The Middle School Counselor (Carol Miller) to build upon our fund drive efforts in the past. Small donations (and large donations) can add up very quickly! For example, if each member of the High School Counselor Facebook Page (~3,800 of you) donated only $5 each – SC|CS 17 would have $19,000 to be able to give out 51 ASCA scholarships! Please donate and ask your friends to donate to help school counselors go to ASCA next summer.
We are always looking to partner with like-minded business partners. In years past, we had the support of Hobsons (the makers of Naviance) and Universal Technical Institute. I would like to invite your company to help sponsor a counselor (or three) registration for the 2017 ASCA Conference. Any business who pledges at least one registration ($369) will be given a spot in my ad rotation (both 728×90 and 160×600) through July 2017. You will also be featured on our pages thanking you, be named sponsor of a specific individual to attend ASCA 2017. If you would like to donate greater than $1,000 – please contact me and we can see what we can arrange in terms of perks.