Boarding Schools of the Northeast: Milton Hershey School

"Boarding Schools of the Northeast: Milton Hershey School"

Milton Hershey School is a private, non-profit, philanthropic boarding school in the northeastern region of the US that is owned and funded by Milton Snavely Hershey and his wife, Catherine Sweeney Hershey — who are popularly known in the chocolate industry. Originally, the school caters to Caucasian orphan boys who are impoverished but healthy; however, today, it serves students coming from different backgrounds.

The school is funded mainly by the Milton Hershey School Trust which owns a controlling interest in The Hershey Company and also owns the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. It has more than 6 billion dollars in assets and is said to be among the wealthiest schools worldwide.

Milton Hershey School


The Milton Hershey School offers a wide variety of programs that students can choose from and thrive in and out of the classroom setting. Here are some of the programs offered by the school:

  • Scholarship for Continuing Education: Milton Hershey School gives up to $80,000 worth of scholarship to qualified students who want to pursue graduate programs such as medicine.
  • All-Year Experience: they provide enhancement programs for students who don’t want to go home on school breaks and summer.
  • Programs on Agriculture & Environment: the campus features a working farm that allows students to learn and experience agriculture and the environment.
  • Arts Program: they offer various programs on music and arts; from video production to music composition and marching bands and more.

Other Northeastern Boarding Schools in the US

  • Blue Ridge School

The Blue Ridge School, located at the state of Virginia, is an all-boys boarding school that caters to grade 9 to 12 students. They aim to provide each student individualized attention, thereby knowing how motivated they are and understanding how they process information. They offer comprehensive co-curricular program that aids in the learning experience, as well as growth of each and every student. One of their goals is to help each student develop self-confidence and leadership skills, and also learn the value of working as a team.

  • Georgetown Preparatory School

Georgetown Preparatory School is run by Jesuits and is a preparatory school for boys in grades 9 to 12 levels. Their students come from various parts of the US and around the world. It is the oldest Jesuit school in the United States and is the only boarding school run by them. Their curriculum is primarily based from the philosophy of St. Ignatius Loyola (the founder of Jesuits) which includes a belief in reflection, discernment, scholarly excellence, and Magis, as well as being “Men for Others”. Thus, they teach their students to help the less fortunate through their community service program.

  • Girard College

Girard College is a private boarding school in Philadelphia that caters to students who are academically capable from grades 1 to 12, students with families that are financially constrained, and students who are from a single parent or guardian. The school’s mission is to help the students prepare for advanced education and the life of being ethical and productive citizens through a comprehensive educational program that encourages intellectual, social, as well as emotional wellbeing.

The Program of Comcast Internet Essentials in South Florida Helps in Connecting 41,500 Families and Improve Education

"The Program of Comcast Internet Essentials in South Florida Helps in Connecting 41,500 Families and Improve Education"

Today, Comcast announced that since the day they started on August 2011, their nationally acclaimed program of broadband adoption and Internet Essentials has already connected over 450,000 families or can be translated to about 1.8 million Americans who belong to the low-income bracket. All of them were connected through the power of Internet, right in their own homes. However, these figures are not possible without the huge role of the government of Florida; they played a big part in the success of the program.

In the nation, the area of South Florida is second in terms of using the Internet Essentials of Comcast to connect families. In fact, over 41,500 families or about 166,000 Floridians have low-income. From this figure, about 28% are eligible population. Also, Florida has more connections of lifetime Internet Essentials that other states with over 62,000 families or about 250,000 low-income citizens. This number is equivalent to connect the whole Orlando City. The Internet is really important in today’s digital world so that families will be connected and it is also a way to extend education in homes. As the Internet has evolved through the years, this is also the same thing with domains, for those who belong in the Internet industry; there will come a time that everyone must have a domain name in order to offer convenience and handle issues such as security and visibility.

In 2014, they launched 4 Internet Essentials Digital Learning Zones located in South Florida specifically at ASPIRA, Chapman Partnership, Overtown Youth Center (OYC) and Miami-Dade’s Boys and Girls Clubs.  On February 2015, this company has already allocated $1 million in grants through the creation of digital learning zones all throughout the country where non-profit partners’ networks are working hand-in-hand to enhance access to public Internet at the same time, increase digital literacy education and training which are family-focused.

The programs established last year by Comcast which started at the OYC helps the people in two major ways: It provides families and children with the much-needed access to the online world and ensures that they all understand the most effective and safest way to use the Internet. These are the words of Alonzo Mourning, the founder of OYC and the former star of Miami heat. The program of Internet Essentials will take further steps by helping the families to be connected in their homes through the broadband services.

In addition, Alberto Carvalho, a Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools said that they forged a partnership with Comcast in order to promote to both students and families the program of Internet Essentials since it was launched in 2011. He further said that access to the Internet is a necessity for all the students of South Florida to be successful in the digitally connected world we have right now. This is very possible with the Internet Essentials program of Comcast since they provide broadband service to many families at home who cannot afford this resource.

Through this program, Comcast directly addresses the major barriers to the adoption of broadband to students as well as their families. The company has invested over $225 million in kind support and cash so that they can help fund readiness training and education and digital literacy to over 3.1 million citizens.

Socializing 2015

"Socializing 2015"

For most single people nowadays, looking for love would mean downloading and installing an app like Tinder or Grindr on their smartphones and hoping that someone will message them who isn’t mentally ill. But, remember the times when people find and get to know someone offline? Amy Van Doran, the founder of The Modern Love Club, still does. Here are some of her tips on finding love outside the confines of your computer.

Amy Van Doran
  • All of us are looking for the next best thing. We usually think about what we’re looking for instead of how we can get to know others. Amy thinks that people shouldn’t be limiting what they want by the idea of what the person should be; love must be an extension of 2 people. It shouldn’t be about standards. Recently, love has become transactional; it’s like buying food and reading the ingredients. People usually don’t go deep with anyone.
  • Most women that visit Amy’s office say they want to date men who are 6 feet tall or taller; however, this criterion is only a small portion of the population which results to good guys being ignored because they are an inch or two shorter than that 6-foot man. According to Amy, if you change your standards, you’d be much more successful in finding love.
  • The key, according to Amy, is to be open and to be real; that is, you should be vulnerable. Start with a casual date, let your guard down once in a while, and get to know someone in a friendly manner.
  • Confidence is sexy. Thus, the “I’m going to wait 24 hours” stuff that people do will only work with people who have low self-esteem.
  • Look for someone that will make you happy.
  • The more time you spend on the Internet, the more time you are losing in satisfying your emotional needs. Amy thinks that people should treat their social skills like their body. For instance, if you go to gym every week for a workout, why not spend at least once a week to go to lovelab and talk to strangers?
  • There’s a thing called pheromones wherein you fall in love by smelling people.
  • People aren’t meeting other people although there are a lot of ways to meet. There’s actually something wrong with the way people are dating nowadays. This can be attributed to the rise of technology or people are primarily too busy to deal with their social lives.
  • Amy believes that today’s hookup culture don’t actually lead to anything serious. After some time, it will take its toll on the person. There’s no way to feel good all the time if nobody wants to stick around.
  • Go out there now and socialize. Stand up, pull yourself together, and talk to the person beside of you. Talking and meeting people in person is actually worth the time. Although there is a possibility that it won’t lead to a serious relationship, there is also a chance that it will lead to fruitful friendship.

Spring Cleaning Time

"Spring Cleaning Time"

Keeping your place clean can be very tiring and hard; however, someone has to do it. Fortunately, it’s already 2015. And although not all of us have a robot for cleaning yet, there are several cleaning service NYC that will help us keep our homes clean over the spring season.

Cleaning Service NYC
Samsung’s Robot Vacuum Cleaner

For the things you wish to donate to a foundation or charity.

If you have that goodness in your heart to donate the clothes in your closet, the books on your shelf, and other unused things, you may want to look for donation centers in your area or you may give them away to the maids in the household. Donation Town may be able you to provide a directory of charity organizations in your area that will accept your donations. All you have to do is to key in your zip code for the list of charity centers, schedule a pickup for your unused stuffs, and you’re done.

For the pile of papers that you might need one day.

If you didn’t enroll for paperless billing and bank statements yet, then you should do it now. Or, you can install or buy a scanner. Scan your documents and save it as a PDF or JPEG type of file so you can finally throw out or shred the hard copies of these papers that clutter your table and drawers.

For the old clothes your children wore once.

Kids actually grow up pretty fast; one day they’re still playing inside the crib and then the next thing you’ll know, they’re already in school. Although they’ve only worn that piece of clothing once, selling it as pre-loved or re-designing it to another useful piece of clothing would help you save more space in the closet. Aside from that, selling them is also a great way of earning extra income for buying new stuff at home.

For the things you’re not ready to let go of.

More often than not, we become very sentimental with our things; however, whether we like it or not, we should learn to let go of the things that we don’t actually need at the moment. But, there is a home cleaning service that will allow you to store the things you’re not yet ready to throw out. For less than $50 a month, the company will send you containers that you can fill with your things, pick it up, and store the bins in a storage container. They will also help you monitor and keep track of the things that you have shipped off to ensure that you won’t lose anything in the storage.

For the inevitable spring cleaning that you are trying to ignore.

There is actually a lot of house cleaning that needs to be done around the house for the spring season. Home experts from the Bob Villa recommend one outdoor task that you need to make sure that you won’t overlook during spring; regular cleaning of the gutters. They said, “If you don’t clear the debris from your gutters, you could be heading for roofing, siding, and foundation issues in the months ahead”. This is actually where Looj comes to the picture; Looj is a gutter cleaning robot that aims to help remove and blow away the leaves, dirt, clogs, and the sludge from your roof and gutter on its own.

For the dust and dirt that are accumulating under your couch over the years.

When everything is cleaned and organized, it is time for you to deep clean your home. Check the area under your couch, cabinets, and tables. Cleaning them can be done using the vacuum. Better yet, hire professional cleaning services to do the task for you; that way you can ensure that your home gets the best spring cleaning it deserves.

Annual Conference 2011

"Annual Conference 2011"

‘Making sense in uncertain times; facing difficulties both creatively and professionally’

Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, 22-24 June 2011

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Chris Holt

I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2011 AUCC conference entitled "Making sense in uncertain times: facing difficulties both creatively and professionally"

The AUCC conference sub-committee when organising this year’s event have recognised that many members are feeling under pressure and concerned in these uncertain times and have prepared an excellent programme which will acknowledge the climate in which we work.

The conference provides members with the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, meet colleagues, exchange ideas and both offer and receive support from others working in further and higher education. It gives us a chance to take time away from the daily grind and, hopefully, recharge our batteries. It is informative, useful but also fun; so whether you come for just one day or for both I hope you will join us and I look forward to your company.

Chris Holt

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC Conference Committee – Charlotte Snoxall

‘Making sense in uncertain times’ reflects the difficult climate we are currently working in and where we felt the focus should be. This year’s conference will be opened by keynote speaker Julian Lousada from The Tavistock who will stimulate us into thinking about facing up to some of the challenges of this changing environment.  He will draw upon his own thinking and experience of working with young people, especially within HE settings and the wider organizational context.

In order to maximize acessibiltiy in the current financial climate we have organized this year’s program to be over two days, with one or two nights stay as optional.  There will be a wide range of workshops to cater for a diversity of needs and theoretical backgrounds. For example, you may wish to consider teams and organizations under stress; self-care or creative ways of adapting your current ways of working.

We have chosen the conference centre at Yarnfield, Stone which is set within 80 acres of beautiful grounds in the Staffordshire countryside with very comfortable accommodation and facilities. The decision for a change from staying within our own sector this year was opted for in response to regular feedback over the past few years from our delegates.

We hope that you will enjoy the event this year, and as ever look forward to welcoming you to our exciting program, which will also allow us time to mingle and network, enjoy each others company as well as share our thoughts and ideas.

Charlotte Snoxall

March 2008 Issue

"March 2008 Issue"

Taking the CALM approach. How can counsellors engage with students in a meaningful conversation that will empower, sow the seeds of self-help and seek out different creative ways to harness this activity? Steve-Scott Marshall & Catriona Davis-McCabe report from the University of Teesside

From By-standing to Standing By: Peer Support in a university setting.

Peer Support can provide an important transition to professional help increasing the welfare options of students. Jane Cooper & Carol Dasgupta

Understanding the refugee experience The refugee issue is a sensitive one.

Ali Zarbafi explains the difference between refugees and migrants, and considers how counsellors in education may be able to help

Helping Students Achieve. The working environment in FE has its own sector-specific issues and practices. Gill Leach describes the personal and academic concerns FE students bring and how she helps tutors understand the issues that may hinder achievement

Annual Conference 2012

"Annual Conference 2012"

A Sustainable Future: responding to the needs of students, staff and counsellors

University of Worcester, 27-29 June 2012

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Chris Holt

I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2012 AUCC conference entitled "A sustainable future: responding to the needs of students, staff and counsellors"

The AUCC conference sub-committee when organising this year’s event whilst recognising the many challenges that members in both HE and FE are facing in these uncertain times have prepared an excellent programme which will focus on how we deal with change in a positive way whilst maintaining our professionalism.

The conference provides members with the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, participate in workshops led by experienced practitioners, meet colleagues, exchange ideas and both offer and receive support from others working in further and higher education. It gives us a chance to take time away from the daily grind and, hopefully, recharge our batteries. It is informative, useful but also fun; so whether you come for just one day or for both I hope you will join us and I look forward to your company.

Chris Holt, Chair, AUCC

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC conference committee – Charlotte Snoxall

We are delighted to welcome you to this year’s AUCC conference, at the beautiful University of Worcester.

Whilst we continue to acknowledge the very real challenges that HE and FE Counselling Services continue to face, the 2012 conference aims to concentrate on what positive actions can be taken to help enhance services’s sustainability.

Within this we will be exploring the needs of students, staff and counsellors. The current environment challenges us, both as organisations and individually as therapists, on a number of issues. We will look at how these challenges can be balanced by maintaining and enhancing our professionalism, whilst at the same time recognising these changes and by developing appropriate skills to manage them more effectively.

We have a broad and exciting line-up of both keynote speakers and workshop presenters starting with Professor Renos Papadopulous, who will be presenting on Meaning-Attribution Processes in regard to working with trauma, resilience and adversity-activated development.

Our closing keynote speaker is Robin Dollery, Head of Student Services at the University of Nottingham who will be drawing on his own wealth of experience to help us look at the challenges and opportunities for counselling services within the context of the changing student experience in 2012 and beyond. 

The workshops promise to be thought-provoking, a place to exchange ideas and to learn new skills. They will be presented by extremely experienced therapists from a wide-range of theoretical backgrounds covering a variety of topics. More information on all of the workshops can be found by clicking here.  We will also be offering you numerous opportunities to raise questions, voice your concerns, network and exchange ideas.

The conference committee of 2012 very much look forward to welcoming you to the University of Worcester in June!

Charlotte Snoxall,Chair, AUCC Conference Committee

Conference and Other Events

"Conference and Other Events"

AUCC / AMOSSHE  / HUCS Conference "Student Mental Health and Wellbeing in HE: reframing models of service provision" to be held on 8 November.  More information available on the AMOSSHE website.

Chief among the activities organised by AUCC is the annual conference. This year’s AUCC conference will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre between the 22 – 25 June 2011. The theme of the conference will be ‘Making sense in uncertain times; facing difficulties both creatively and professionally’ to reflect the current climate we are all working in. With Julian Lousada, from the Tavistock as the opening keynote speaker, the conference promises to be an exciting and informative couple of days. Please click here for more details.

The conference is a chance to spend from one to several days reflecting on the work we do in the company of our fellow members, many of whom we may see only on this occasion. For some of us there is an on going yearly conversation, often continued by JISCmail, but a chance to top up with the personal face-to-face which is an important aspect of relationship. The conference always provides meaty themes – speakers, workshops and seminars allow big-to-small group events, and there are usually some experiential ones where we may dip our toes (sometimes literally) into the unknown. The conference is a moveable feast, so that different areas have a chance to attend without too much inconvenience. Some of us like to see faraway places…  Our conference sub-committee, in conjunction with BACP Events Team, work very hard to provide the best possible speakers and venue – and an evening of entertainment.

See below for a sample of the last few conferences . . .

2010: Set in the beautiful grounds of Edinburgh University, this was truly a celebration of AUCC. The title of the conference ‘Back to the Future:Looking backwards, moving forward’ dictated the tone of the conference and Michael Jacobs and Elsa Bell, two of the keynote speakers, succintly delivered their view on the history of AUCC to date. Also celebrating their Ruby anniversary, Edinburgh University Counselling Service were kind enough to host a drinks reception on the opening night which was enjoyed by all who attended. The usual networking opportunites were available over the three days complete with the now legendary conference committee quiz! A ceilidh followed a splendid gala dinnerwith everyone keen to show off theirdancing skills……..A sun soaked few days in Edinbrugh was finished with a group farewell and a fitting way to look back at the conference.

2009: Held in the delightful setting of Chichester University, the theme ‘Who do you think you are?’ reflected how changes occurring in many aspects of life have led us to question who we are as individuals, as counsellors in further and higher education and as a society.   Dr Chess Denman set the tone with an enthralling  keynote presentation about how young people form their identities and subsequent presentations invited delegates to think about how our own personal and professional identities are shaped. 17 workshops covered a range of topics. Some explored identity through specific lenses, including gender, sexual orientation, eating disorders, on-line relationships and cultural perceptions. Others related to counselling service provision and the implications of new ways of working and government regulation.  As usual, there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy ourselves, with a quiz, a singing workshop, a film and the traditional gala dinner and dancing to facilitate fun and networking.

2008: Held at Liverpool Hope University, the theme of The Power and the Glory started with a rousing keynote speech by Dr Gillian Proctor about who regulation is for – she postulated it as more for us as a profession than for the clients, and asked us to look at the danger in all the debates of not helping those in most need of counselling, the least empowered clients. Ruth Caleb, Chair-Elect of AUCC, had a lively discussion with Ronnie Millar about her route to where she is now in our profession. The Vice-Chancellor also welcomed us hoping we would see the commitment to beauty in the surroundings at Liverpool Hope, and this was evident in some of the meeting places, particularly the atrium. He also invited us to get out of our counselling rooms and into interacting with all sorts of people in our institutions.

2007: Held at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, the theme was Lost in Space, recovering intimacy in education. We had the good fortune to open with Andrew Samuels giving the keynote speech, who lead us straight into deep discussion about promiscuity, solitude, aggression and hysteria as shadow aspects of student’s and our own existence but which might be ‘back passages to the experience of intimacy’ that we should not pathologise. Luckily the lecture theatre was so designed that lively discussion could take place without a microphone. This set the scene for a rich conference which was voted one of the most relaxing because the venue was so welcoming, and the theme so apposite to our work. Janet Aldridge was a warm and welcoming Chair.

2006: Held at Bangor, the theme was ‘Riding the Waves or stemming the tide? coping with the impact of the outside world’, inspired by the tsunami, and happily embraced by Chair Dave Berger as an avid sailor! The conference was opened with a solemn keynote speech by Brian Thorne about keeping what is really important in counselling in times of extreme violence and environmental threats, and how we might prepare ourselves for what our clients are facing in such times. The following day there was a fascinating keynote talk by Camilla Batmanghelidjh about her successful (but under-funded) work with children with her charity Kids Company in violent inner city areas of London, and her theories about their levels of trauma, and how they survive. The venue was rather rainy, windy and under-heated, but the content rose above it!

2005: Held at the University of Nottingham’s new Jubilee campus, which provided modern buildings, good facilities and pleasant surroundings.  The theme of the conference was All things to all people: ‘Balancing the needs of the students and the institution.’ Professor Sue Wheeler opened the conference by inviting us to consider the impact of our counselling work on ourselves in a presentation entitled ‘Healing and Surviving: the needs of the counsellor.’ Elsa Bell followed this with a presentation entitled ‘High wires, spinning plates and human pyramids: the skills of balancing while performing in public’ in which she explored how counsellors working in FE and HE balance the conflicting demands made upon them. The conference offered a wide range of workshops, a Salsa dance session which delegates joined in energetically after dinner, urged on by Colin Lago, and ended with a set by Liz Bentley called ‘Therapist by day, comedienne by night,’ reflecting her own particular balancing act.

2004: At Leicester University, the theme was Attachment, and Sir Richard Bowlby, son of the famous theorist, gave the keynote speech offering his addition to the attachment debate about the importance of fathers, after the initial bond with mother or primary carer has been established in the early months of life.

Annual Conference 2010

"Annual Conference 2010"

‘Back to the future: looking backwards, moving forward’

University of Edinburgh, 23-25 June 2010

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Ruth Caleb

On behalf of the Association for University and College Counselling, I am delighted to invite you to come and join us for the 2010 AUCC conference, entitled ‘Back to the Future’.  This year’s conference is particularly special as it will help us to reflect upon the significance of the AUCC’s 40th birthday.   Traditionally a 40th birthday was a time to say goodbye to youth and hello to middle age.  But in keeping with the saying ‘life begins at 40′, the AUCC Executive would love you to come to celebrate our maturity as a profession.

Do join us to examine what we can learn from the past and explore how we can prepare for an exciting future.  With so many changes around our context, and our profession, there is much uncertainty, but together at conference we will share our concerns and our responses for best practice and institutional support.  There can be no better way to fulfill your CPD requirements.

We can’t promise you a flying DeLorean time machine, but we can offer you a warm welcome, fascinating keynote speeches, workshops deeply pertinent to your context, the opportunity to network with your peers, and AUCC’s birthday celebrations, all in the beautiful setting of Edinburgh University.  I look forward to seeing you there, and to meeting friends and colleagues, both old and new!

Ruth Caleb
Chair, AUCC

Welcome from the chair of the conference committee – Charlotte Joseph

To celebrate 40 years of AUCC (in one form or another) we thought it would be pertinent to reflect on where we have come from, celebrate where we are now and consider what the future might hold for University and College counsellors and psychotherapists.

And what better place to do this than the University of Edinburgh whose Counselling Service is also celebrating 40 years.

The ever-changing face of student counselling forces us to address the climate surrounding our services, and whilst we have a lot to celebrate, as well as much to look forward to, we cannot overlook the challenges facing us.  Check the brochure for more details of our thought provoking ‘discussion group’ session where you will be able to air, share and discuss your views and discover how others are dealing with today’s changes to, or in, their services.

The workshop programme will include a mix of speakers, some from within the AUCC membership who will be sharing relevant and innovative workshops addressing current and future developments in their own services. As ever, we are pleased to have some exciting keynote speakers and offer you the opportunity to gather alongside your peers in the increasingly popular daily ‘home groups’.

We hope you will enjoy the event this year, which has been condensed slightly to reflect the economic situation.  Whether you come for one day or the whole event, it promises, with your contributions, to be a fun and stimulating time at the beautiful University of Edinburgh.

Charlotte Joseph
Chair, Conference Committee

Professional Support

"Professional Support"

AUCC Good Practice Guidelines for University and College Counselling Services working within FE and HE Institutions sets out good practice in terms of the services that should be provided, guidelines to embedding the service within the institution, ethical practice, suitability of location and accommodation, staffing issues, and evaluation suggestions. Updated by the Advisory Service in 2010, this document is available to AUCC members free from the Members Area. Paper copies of the guidelines can be bought via the BACP online bookshop or over the telephone on 01455 883300.

Client Evaluation Template – useful for devising client questionnaires – paper and electronic versions are available  and are free to AUCC members.

AUCC Categories of Client Concerns – these are the categories of presenting and emerging issues which College and Universities are advised to use when collecting data of clients for submission to the AUCC Annual Survey. Available to AUCC members free from the Members Area

AUCC Guidelines for Claiming Additional Learning Support Funding in FE  This document, available for free to AUCC members from the Members Area , explains how additional learning support funding may be claimed for FE students who access their college counselling service without breaching the client’s confidentiality.

Policies and Procedures  Universities and colleges are more and more asking for counsellors’ input for developing policies and procedures for institution-wide issues.  Many of these have been shared in jiscmail and its archives, including service evaluation, sudden death and critical incidents, mental health, and managing incidents of challenging behaviour.

BACP Information Sheets are a useful source of professional advice on a range of topics.  These have recently been published in book format and are available, also individually, from the Members Area of the BACP website.

Advisory Service If you would like to talk over an issue relating to your workplace in confidence with an experienced practitioner, contact the Advisory Service.