The Teaching Compassion Program is sponsored by United Way for Jackson & George Counties in partnership with Gulf Coast Family Counseling and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County. The program is designed to influence children to live with compassionate leadership to improve their futures. It teaches mindfulness, social skills, anger management, and appropriate control and leadership skills to children on the personal, familial, and community/global levels. The program is led by licensed therapists and is conducted over a bi-weekly five session period. An activity is usually offered during each class that helps reinforce that day’s lesson.
Each semester, the classes are rotated. In the fall, Teaching Compassion is offered at the Jolly McCarty Unit in Gautier and the Mary Ruddiman Unit in Ocean Springs. In the spring, the program moves to the Andrew Johnson Unit in Pascagoula and the Moss Point Outreach at the Family Education Center.
Volunteers are always needed to help with the group activities and to keep the children focused. It is a rewarding and worthwhile experience and most volunteers never want to leave!
If you or your civic organization is interested in learning more about the Teaching Compassion Program or in how to become a volunteer, please call Donna Stewart, Director of Agency Relations at United Way for Jackson & George Counties, at 228-762-7662.