Students Named Hope, Strength & Healing Award Honorees

Each year, the third Thursday of November is recognized as National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. For Cameron Jackson ‘20 (Pathway School of Discovery, Huber Heights) and Emily Molina ‘20 (St. Peter School, Huber Heights), helping others who are grieving is one way they are making a difference. For their passion, both students recently received the Hope, Strength & Healing Award from Companions on a Journey.

Companions on a Journey is an organization that helps students as they go through a trying time, whether that be the death of a loved one or another traumatic experience.

“It’s helped me deal with my grief in a good way rather than make a bad decision or get mad at people,” said Molina. “I’ve learned to grieve in a healthy way.”

Jackson and Molina both joined Companions on a Journey through the program’s outreach at CJ. The program is offered at more than 30 schools in the greater Miami Valley and provides support for more than 600 students at no cost. The program is also offered in a variety of capacities for adults.

For Jackson and Molina, they realized they could help other students by volunteering and being a Teen Ambassador with Companions on a Journey.

“I knew I wanted to volunteer but I wanted to serve somewhere I cared about, so I chose Companions on a Journey,” Jackson shared. “I went to a lot of grief outings and helped out. I wanted people to know that if they were going through anything this group was great because someone will always listen and be there for those suffering.”

In addition to being Teen Ambassadors, Jackson and Molina created a video for Companions on a Journey as part of a grant opportunity. The pair were named Hope, Strength & Healing Award Honorees at the Companions on a Journey gala on November 9.

Additionally, as part of their Senior Capstone project, Jackson and Molina are working together with two other students to bring awareness about grief and mental illness to the CJ community.

Learn more about Companions on a Journey here.

Posted November 21, 2019

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