As of August 2016, we have provided 83 workshops at 24 different schools to over 7,000 students in Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, and Siskiyou counties using our all-volunteer staff of professional educators, business professionals, certified counselors, and a core group of dedicated adult community members who believe in “helping kids help themselves”.
The Edge was visualized in the fall of 2008 during a conversation between Grant Williams and Floyd Graves, then Dean of Students at Rogue River Middle School in Jackson County, Southern Oregon.
For some time, Grant had been attempting to convince schools in the Rogue Valley to accept a program out of Northern California which focused on common problems that high school and middle school youth face today. They were not interested.
Frustrated, but nevertheless seeing both the necessity and the potential, Grant and Floyd decided to create a set of workshop protocols that would move beyond bullying. They broadened their focus to include all the social and emotional issues facing students today in our community schools. Furthermore, they were adamant that this new program be offered to schools at no cost whatsoever.
They co-lead the first-ever Edge event in the spring of 2009 at Floyd's school in Rogue River.
This trial-run workshop, staffed with adult volunteers from the community, was a huge success. Students and faculty alike responded with enthusiasm, and The Edge was quickly invited back for a series of workshops so that every student in the school could benefit.
Help kids in our community help themselves by getting involved today! Tell your school's administrators and counselor about us, make a donation, join our mailing list, and/or serve as a volunteer. Thank you for caring!