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Janet Sevier Gilbreath Award 2001

Expect Respect, Family Consultation Service, Wichita

2001 Winner
Janet Sevier Gilbreath Special Project Recognition Award

Expect Respect is all about relationships -- healthy relationships among teens in Wichita and Sedgwick County. It is a program started by Family Consultation Service, a licensed mental health center serving the Wichita area, to address the alarming statistics in teen violence.

With the goal of breaking the cycle of violence revealed in unhealthy dating relationships, the program gave informative presentations to 17,290 students in 17 high schools during the first four years of the program. The vast majority of participants found the training helpful and teacher evaluations echoed the positive results. The program is now presented to over 6,600 students a year in 25 schools. There are plans to expand into the middle schools.

Kim Moore, President of the Health Ministry Fund, presents the 2001 Janet Sevier Gilbreath award to Nancy Corkins, Family Consultation Service Expect Respect Director.
Kim Moore, President of the Health Fund, presents the 2001 Janet Sevier Gilbreath award to Nancy Corkins, Family Consultation Service Expect Respect Director.

While this level of service is in itself exceptional, it was another level of healthy relationship that made this project stand out from the more than 150 eligible projects supported by United Methodist Health Ministry Fund grants in 2001. The relationship among ten agencies and organizations that came together to build and sustain Expect Respect is an example of true collaboration.

When requests from schools grew to the point that Family Consultation Service could no longer handle the demand, other agencies became involved and there are now 33 presenters available to schools, largely on a volunteer basis. Via Christi Teen Heartline, Wichita Children's Home Street Outreach, Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Renaissance, COMCARE, Wichita State University, Catholic Charities Harbor House, and the YWCA Women's Crisis Center joined the collaboration with Expect Respect.

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund supported this effort with two grants totaling $85,559 from September 1997 through August 2001.


Representing Expect Respect: Nancy Corkins, Family Consultation Service Expect Respect Director; Mike Meier, Via Christi Teen Services Manager; Sabrina Perez-Glatt, Wichita State University School of Social Work; Barbara Walker, Family Consultation Service Clinical Director; Tamara Amyot, Wichita State University Social Work Intern; and Kelley Rogers-Graham, Wichita State University Social Work Intern.

Awarded May 15, 2002

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