This Saturday in Los Angeles, two remarkable young Phoenix House students will be honored with post-secondary education scholarships from The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness.
After a lengthy application process, on September 15th, 2012, two graduating students from Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles will be publicly recognized for their commitment to recovery and for their dedication to continuing education. Along with the recognition, both shall receive post-secondary education scholarships for the schools of their choice. In the words of Linell Shapiro, founder of the Brent Shapiro Foundation: “At our event this year, we are honored to be able to present (Phoenix House’s graduates) with scholarships. Our organization supports the continuing efforts of Phoenix House and the success of the students who complete the program.”
Founded in November 2005 by the Shapiro family, The Brent Shapiro Foundation’s mission is to change the national consciousness regarding the disease of chemical dependence through prevention and education. They achieve this with programs tailored to target specific age groups, including two children’s books that introduce the parent-child dialogue on drugs and alcohol. For teens and college students, they have developed the “Save A Life” Card, an informational guide the size of a business card which clearly outlines the signs of an adverse reaction. The Brent Shapiro Foundation is also currently developing an incentive-based pilot program targeting middle-school students in underserved communities in Los Angeles, with the vision of making this a national program.
Phoenix House is committed to protecting and supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by substance abuse and dependency. Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles provides a strength-based, gender-specific treatment continuum for teens dealing with with substance abuse and mental health issues. Since opening its doors in 1994, Phoenix House Academy has distinguished itself as one of the most successful programs for the integrated treatment of youth with co-occurring disorders in Los Angeles County.