Texas Leadership Forum Visits The Phoenix House

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The Phoenix House Hill A. Feinberg Academy of Dallas is an innovative residential high school that combines substance abuse treatment with accredited Dallas Independent School District on-site education.  On December 11, Howard Lindsay, Director at the Phoenix House, talked with TLF students about drug addiction and the long process of becoming addiction free. Two of the Phoenix House clients told their personal story of their introduction to drugs and how they ended up at The Phoenix House.  Representatives from the DISD Police Department and the Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse were there as well and made presentations.  Among other things, we learned that cheese heroin, while no longer making headlines, is still a major drug problem for young adults.  We discussed the growing supply of synthetic drugs and the dangers they present. Hopefully, TLF students will continue their involvement in programs to increase substance abuse awareness.

Texas Leadership Forum: We Are All Going to College

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Thanks to Dean Chard the students and parents were invited to attend a meeting at the Simmons Hall School of Education at SMU.  Board Member, Kathleen Leos, discussed what the students could expect when they left for college and the impact on their parents and families.  The students reviewed their status in the application process and identified their individual college goals. Board Members, Carol Clyde and Danny Smith, each offered suggestions about the rigors of college and how to manage your time and balance your newfound freedom and the responsibilities you will have as a college student.  Counselors Allana Patterson, Irving HS, and Glenda Simmons, Sunset HS, helped by answering questions about scholarships and ways to help minimize the cost of college. We addressed the importance of completing the FAFSA application and filing in a timely manner.  The goal of this meeting is to help prepare the parents as their young adult leaves for college and to make sure the students have a realistic idea of college life including the responsibilities that come with this opportunity. TLF is very involved with each student and attempts to ensure they are on track and working toward getting into a college which is right for them.