Greater recovery and community empowerment, known by the acronym GRACE, has been providing training in schools in West Virginia.
Thursday at Hedgesville High School, the principals had a discussion with the youth life and recovery coaches in order to promote helping youth and young adults through life transitions and recovery.
Along with Hedgesville High School, the principals came from other high schools in Berkeley County, such as Martinsburg, Mussleman and Spring Mills.
The youth life and recovery coach academy teaches students to be a life coach for those around them.
It provides resources for students to learn how to walk with their classmates or other adults through recovery.
The recovery can range from addiction, moving, or any life crisis.
“There is a lot of poverty throughout West Virginia. Maybe not so much here, but throughout West Virginia we really need it here. Especially with the younger generation, a lot of them are leaving West Virginia. This will maybe help build up our community so our younger generation will stay,” said Andi Hersom, a facilitator with GRACE.
This is the second school to participate in the training in West Virginia.