CG&FS Case Manager Receives Diversity Educator Award - News Article

CG&FS Case Manager Receives Diversity Educator Award

CG&FS Case Manager Receives  Diversity Educator Award

Akron – Jessica Kraus, a case manager from Child Guidance and Family Solutions (CG&FS), has received the 2015 Diversity Educator Leadership Award from the Northeast Ohio Diversity Center. Kraus accepted the award at the center’s Humanitarian Dinner in November 2015.

Kraus is part of the CG&FS School-based Program team and is based at Green High School. She has partnered with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio for the past five years, encouraging and leading students to participate in a variety of programming with The Diversity Center including diversity leadership camps, high school retreats and in-school programming. “I am very honored to be recognized by the Diversity Center,” said Kraus. “I believe the work they do and the opportunities they provide allows middle and high school students to achieve higher-level thinking on the subjects of diversity and acceptance.”

Kraus co-founded and serves as an advisor for Chain Reaction a program at Green High School that provides diversity training to students and promotes acceptance of all fellow students regardless of their race, religion, orientation, handicap, or social group. The program is part of the services CG&FS offers to local schools. “By being present in local schools such as Green High School, CG&FS is able to be there for students and their families when they need guidance, or support, or help in connecting with resources that are available in the community,” said Kraus.

“Jessica is a very valuable part of our high school staff. Her devotion to our students and our school community is very admirable,” stated Mrs. Cindy Brown, Principal at Green High School. “I can’t imagine a better person to be recognized in this manner. Jessica stands strong in her desire to build a warm and inviting school community for all our students, while promoting diversity and compassion. I am thankful to have Jessica Kraus as a part of our staff.”

Kraus, a resident of Wadsworth, has been with Child Guidance & Family Solutions for 25 years.

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism. According to its website, since 1949, The Diversity Center has honored men and women of outstanding dedication and community service in our region at the annual Humanitarian Award Dinner. Nominees exhibit an extensive record of involvement in civic, charitable, volunteer, and professional organizations. Each nominee has contributed to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in Northeast Ohio.

Child Guidance & Family Solutions touches the lives of thousands of kids in our region each year in its five clinical locations, on-site in eight area school districts, in medical facilities and other area community sites, and in more than 30 pre-schools throughout Summit County. As a medical subspecialty practice, CG&FS provides mental and behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents and their families. Children who have witnessed violence, suffered abuse, been bullied or are facing other challenges to growing up healthy in mind and body are helped by the professionals at CG&FS – child psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral therapists, counselors and case managers. CG&FS works closely with doctors, hospitals, school districts and the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board) to provide a safety net of services for children. For more information, call CG&FS at 330-762-0591 or visit www.cgfs.org