middle school students at a youth summit in 2001.
"They really let their hair down about things they were concerned
about, things they'd like to see happen," said Hank Jannace, the
district's director of pupil services. "The major thing that came out
was a need for more counseling services, one-on-one and even group
According to the goals and objectives of the program, the
counseling sessions will address topics like depression, anger
management, conflict resolution, problem-solving skills, racial
acceptance, respect for authority, and stress reduction.
"We're about meeting needs of students," said Anita Schackmann,
the principal of Luther Burbank Middle School. "Some students need a
different level of intervention. In order to be successful students,
they need help sorting out difficulties that they're facing."
The Board of Education voted Thursday for the expanded service to
Burbank and Burroughs high schools, for which the city of Burbank has
set aside $125,000, according to a board report.
"The program has met its goals and more," said Laurie Bleick,
executive director of Family Service Agency of Burbank. "We'll focus
on the freshman class, with the transitioning of kids into the high
Bleick said the program will continue to track the progress of
middle school students who have already participated in the program.
"It's the natural progression of a program that's working well,"
she said. "The school has been gracious and welcoming and the parents
The counseling program began in the second semester of 2004 at
John Muir, Jordan and Luther Burbank middle schools and serviced
about 20 students from each school.
In the program, students are usually recommended by counselors or
their school's psychologist for group or one-on-one counseling
sessions with agency counselors. Sessions take place with the
permission of the students' parents.