NEW YORK, NY – April 24, 2018 – HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), a national non-profit that builds resilience in America’s youth through innovative health and wellness education, honored Partners for Education at Berea College with the Joel Mallah Crystal Heart Apple Award, for their contributions toward the health and well-being of America’s youth during the organization’s 12th Annual Gala on Monday, April 23. Partners for Education at Berea College was honored for its commitment to bringing health and wellness education to high-needs areas in Eastern Kentucky. Dreama Gentry, Executive Director, Partners for Education at Berea College accepted the award on behalf of the college.
“I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of Berea College,” said Gentry. “Our partnership with HealthCorps’® has been instrumental in providing the education and resources our youth need to make choices that will enhance their well-being and, ultimately, improve their ability to achieve educational success.”
Additional honorees included American radio personality Elvis Duran, Daniel Lubetzky, University Heights High School, and Sahaja Meditation.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and the seven-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife, author Lisa Oz, will co-host the Gala. The couple co-founded HealthCorps over a decade ago to engage and encourage youth to become catalysts for simple lifestyle changes that enhance not only their own health, but influence the health of their families and friends as well. The evening will applaud the unwavering and tireless work of honorees including Partners for Education at Berea College.
“Lisa and I are so proud of HealthCorps’ impact on America’s youth over the past decade,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz. “This year we are recognizing Partners for Education at Berea College among others, for their impressive and resolute dedication to the physical strength and mental resilience of past, present and future generations of America’s youth. We look forward to another stellar event so we can further grow HealthCorps’ in-school programs, expand our reach into new communities.”
Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps President, said, “The Gala is a celebration of HealthCorps’ growth and accomplishments, as well as a time to lay out our goals for the future. We look forward to championing the work of our honorees, announcing new partnerships and showcasing HealthCorps’ programming over the past year. Every day the work we do saves lives and we are happy to honor those who help us accomplish that.”
Proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to continue to fund current programs as well as further implement the HealthCorps curriculum at new high schools through Living Labs and HealthCorps University.
HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, devoted to strengthening communities by highlighting innovative approaches to health and wellness to build resilience in America’s youth.
Since our inception in 2003, we have continued to discover and share tools relevant to youth in the context of a dramatically changing educational, social, political, and media landscape discovered through our work and research in many of America’s most challenging high schools.
About HealthCorps and Partners for Education at Berea College
In December 2016, Partners for Education at Berea College was awarded a $6 million Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The programs supported by the grant service more than 10,000 students in Knox County. It is the second Promise Neighborhood grant that Partners has received. In 2012, Partners for Education was awarded a $30 million grant for its cradle-to-career initiative in Clay, Jackson and Owsley Counties. At the time, Partners for Education was the first Promise Neighborhood grantee in rural America.
HealthCorps and Partners for Education announced their partnership in 2015 to help bring health and wellness education to the Appalachian region. In March 2016, HealthCorps and Partners for Education held a two-day training for teachers and support personal across Jackson, Knox, Leslie and Madison counties on optimizing student success while infusing the three pillars of the HealthCorps curriculum: nutrition, fitness and mental resilience.
The HealthCorps programs in Knox County are paid for by funds from the Federal Promise Neighborhood and Anthem Foundation.