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EvepicDirector and Co-Founder Evelyn Hall is awarded the 2013 Emily Garfield Preventive Counseling Award!

Each year the San Mateo County School Board Association names a school counselor / program in San Mateo County as recipient of the Emily Garfield Award. This award honors the memory of Emily Garfield who was a San Mateo County legend in the area of prevention and counseling.  Designed to recognize an individual  or program who exemplifies the work and memory of Emily Garfield, the winner of the 2013 Emily Garfield Preventive Counseling Award is Evelyn Hall with Prometheus Family Support. This award comes with a cash prize to support the program.


Evelyn’s Acceptance speech:

“Thank you so much for this honor. If I had the time I would tell you about the hundreds of students that have changed the course of their life because at their school they have a Safe Place with trusted adults where they can go to get educated and counseled on how to be the best person they can be. I don’t have the time so let me remind you that at risk teens are troubled for a reason, they come from very troubling conditions.  All these years of listening to them, the stories stay the same: abuse, neglect, poverty, addictions, community violence, parental death or abandonment.  Their stories still sadden me and yet the resilience I see in these students is nothing short of amazing.   I have watched our students begin to thrive when they are provided resources and a chance to change.  Many of our students are suffering from lack of opportunity; they have nothing to do. No easy mode of transportation, no music or art lessons, summer camps, sports teams, creative outlets, vacations, family time, and most importantly jobs.  Many have parents that work multiple jobs just to make ends meet .  We need to provide creative and positive activities for our disconnected youth that can lead to employment, self-confidence, self-empowerment and college.  Our troubled kids need mentors, coaches, counselors and other adults to teach them skills they never learned. The choice to invest in our youth now is really a selfish one; it will help create peace in our streets, and a thriving, healthy community for all of us.”




17 years old

“I now know that what I have to say matters. I feel like all the problems I have are not so bad, many others have the same problems. They have made me stronger by sharing them.”


17 years old

“People really care about me in the Safe Place, I really feel safe and forgot what that feels like. I grew up in a really tough neighborhood and was starting to get in trouble. My Mom died when I was 15 and I lost it, started using drugs and drinking and then got sent to Redwood. I can’t believe it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I go the help I needed to deal with my grief, we could never afford counseling and here it was offered at no charge.  I started learning how to feel again and I don’t use as much now, not totally clean and sober, because I still miss my Mom so much, but now I have people who care about me and are helping me.”


18 years old

“I would have dropped out of school without the Safe Place.”


19 years old

“I wanted to write you to say thank you for all you gave me during my time in the program, I was lost and so alone. You helped me know I was important and what I had to say mattered. I came to believe in myself again.”


19 yrs. old

“Thank you for helping me see that I am not just my problems, that underneath my problems is a strength that I didn’t even know I had. You helped me learn that I can count on certain things to help me, like Nature, and just breathing, and knowing I can move forward. You are helping me stay focused even when I want to just give up.”


17 years old

“I learned to trust again in the Safe Place. I never trusted anyone since I was a little kid, adults always lied and never came through with their promises, my Dad left when I was young and never looked back. I had to raise myself and be tough. Now I trust people a little more, but mostly I am learning to trust myself to make better choices and not just let anger run my life.”


21 yrs. old

“Thank you for the great groups!!! I was so bored with just partying and staying on the surface with so called friends here in college. Now I know how to  express myself more deeply and do things that are fun without just drinking and being crazy. I needed that!  When is the next one?”


28 yrs. old

“Thank you for the rich experience of collective and personal sharing. I had forgotten that I had a personal myth and our collective myths are so one dimensional. What a joy to not focus on words and everyday problems and enter the world of consciousness and imagination.  I am more calm, nonjudgmental and happier!  I am no longer afraid to show the parts of myself that believe in awe and wonder.  I am, and always have been, curious about the world and forgot what a gift that is.”


21 years old

“Thank you for all you did for me, I am in college now and would never have gone without your support and guidance.”


18 years old

“I have been clean and sober for a year now because of the programs I am in at Prometheus, they help us do other things besides getting blasted. I love the retreats and garden. I take care of the chickens and love Nature. Now, I know I can walk down to Coyote Point when I am bored and watch the birds and all the wildlife there. I am going to go to college to study environmental something. I am so happy I found this school and program.”


17 years old

“In the Safe Place, I learned I am not stupid.”


20 years old

“Thank you for believing in me when I had no hope, you helped me more than words can express. I am now happy and in college. Can you believe it?!”


18 years old

“My friends and I have been making music for a long time. In the Safe Place I was taught how to use computers and sound to produce music for our DVD. Now our music is part of something and out there. It makes me know I can go for my dreams if I work hard.”


21 yrs. old

“Thank you for teaching me that I can get high naturally. I can always count on you to pull out something enlightening that helps me see the world in a whole different way.”


18 years old

“In the Safe Place, I learned that I am not alone, we all have similar problems and can support each other instead of fighting all the time. I grew up with fighting and violence and didn’t know any other way, now I do. Thanks Prometheus for caring enough to teach me.”


17 years old

“My life has changed so much, I used to hang around and was going nowhere, now I have goals and skills to move me in a more positive direction. Thanks!”


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