HELP Consulting, Inc. Receives 32 NFL Foundation Social Justice Matching Grants
to Kick Off National SCORE Program
Summer Workshops to be Held in Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri and Illinois
DALLAS, TX – On Friday, May 17th, HELP Consulting, Inc. will announce its kick off of The SCORE Program in Dallas at the Lakewest Family YMCA, 3737 Goldman Street, at 11:00 am. Special guests include NFL Player Partners Michael Booker, Phillip Epps, Liffort Hobley, Derek Lewis, Carl Miller and Cliff Odom along with a host of law enforcement officials, business leaders and community partners. Check in will begin promptly at 10:00 am and photo opportunities with the NFL Player Partners will be available from 10:00 to 10:45 am. The press conference is open to the public with prior registration on the SCORE website.
Higher Education & Learning Professional Consulting, Inc. (HELP), a federally recognized 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, teamed up with 32 former NFL players to provide The SCORE Program to high school varsity football teams in communities selected by the player partners to assist student-athletes to reach their full academic potential, address social justice issues, and build trust with local law enforcement. SCORE stands for Shaping Careers with Officers and Relating Experiences and was designed by HELP specifically to address the need for intentional programming in support of the NFL Foundation Social Justice Grant Matching Program and the NFL Inspire Change Initiative.
“The NFL and its Inspire Change Initiative was searching for a program that could be modeled and provide data towards best practices and we feel that the SCORE Program addresses this need,” said HELP Consulting, Inc. President and SCORE Founder Dr. Edward L. Tarlton. “The data gathered among the disadvantaged students and law enforcement officers will be invaluable to setting up intentional post program intervention initiatives that address academic, economic and community and police relations.”
The NFL Foundation Social Justice Grant Matching Program is designed to provide nonprofit organizations with funding of up to $5,000 on behalf of a current or former NFL player in the arena of social justice. The grant is used to fund organizations, programs or initiatives that reduce the barriers to opportunities. Areas of priority include, but are not limited to education, criminal justice reform, police/community relations and can also address poverty, racial equality and workforce/economic development.
“Our program is uniquely positioned to address social justice issues, community advancement, and public trust through the lens of college and career readiness and non-enforcement activities with police officers,” said Dr. Robert Harper, Vice-President of HELP Consulting, Inc. and Program Manager of The SCORE Program. “And with the funding support provided by the NFL Foundation Social Justice Matching Grant, we are able to pilot our SCORE Program in the effort to create a model that can be implemented throughout all 32 NFL cities.”
Conducted as a two-day workshop during the summer, The SCORE Program incorporates college and career readiness and solution-oriented activities that specifically focus on two of the three priority areas for the NFL Inspire Change initiative: 1) Education and Economic Advancement and, 2) Police and Community Relations, and 3) Criminal Justice Reform.
“We were amazed by the support we received from the former NFL players. Very few said no to this opportunity to use their platform to impact their communities,” said Dr. Edward L. Tarlton. “Moreover, to have a program that brings together the Chiefs of Police from six of the largest U.S. cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston and St. Louis – in the country speaks volumes to what they saw in The SCORE Program.”
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