school counselor appreciation weekRed River Youth Academy recognizes the important role school counselors play in supporting students’ mental health and helping them achieve school success, and we join our counselor colleagues in celebrating National School Counseling Week, Feb. 5-9.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars.” It is the special week each year to direct attention to the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different because of school counselors’ dedication and professionalism. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors make a positive impact in students’ lives by being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

Red River Youth Academy is pleased to be a resource for school counselors who work with students struggling with behavioral and emotional health conditions and the families who care for them.