Midlothian ISD Education Foundation Receives $141K Grant From Google

In support of student mental health, Google—which operates a data center in Midlothian—awarded $105,000 to the district's Mentor’s Care program and $36,000 to help Midlothian ISD students and families navigate the mental health system via the Care Solace program.

Google has provided a $141,000 grant to The Midlothian ISD Education Foundation, which funds educational programs for students and staff in the district. The grant funded two Midlothian ISD programs that support a holistic approach to student mental health care, the foundation said.

Mountain View, California-headquartered Google—which operates a data center in Midlothian—awarded $105,000 to Mentor’s Care and $36,000 to Care Solace, the district said.

“This boost from Google has been integral in helping us connect hundreds of our families and students to the necessary mental health resources that better enabled them to succeed in their educational environments,” Sabra Golden, director of guidance and counseling for Midlothian ISD, said in a statement. “Mental health greatly affects students’ ability to thrive in the classroom and programs like these give our students much-needed tools to get back on track. The grant, which directly backed two of our core partnerships, better allows us to unlock our students’ vast potential.”

Mentor’s Care for at-risk students

The district said that Mentor’s Care serves students who are at risk of dropping out of high school because of mental health concerns, lack of academic success, and/or unforeseen life circumstances.

According to the district, mentors help students better handle life’s challenges by giving them social, emotional, and academic support that foster hope for the future. The mentors are trained to recognize signs of a student in crisis and are trained to make a warm hand-off to an appropriate mental health care provider if necessary.

The grant also provides a Mentor’s Care coordinator to offer consistent mentoring support for students in the LEAP Academy, a credit recovery program helping high school students meet graduation requirements.

With Google’s support, Midlothian ISD Education Foundation said it was able to meet its goal and graduate every MISD senior that participated in the Mentor’s Care program.

Care Solace for all MISD students and families

Care Solace is available to all Midlothian ISD students and families, providing help in navigating the mental health system and finding timely community-based care.

Through Care Solace, students are assigned a case manager who helps match the student’s individual needs with the appropriate services, can schedule appointments, and coordinates with insurance providers.

Midlothian ISD then tracks the progress of care through an online system that protects the privacy of the individual. Students and families can ask for assistance anonymously and receive the same quality of service. Care Solace is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“It’s critical that students and their families have the opportunity to access support and resources for their health and wellbeing,” Kate Franko, regional head of data center public affairs for Google, said in a statement. “This community investment was an imperative step towards that goal. We are proud to support the students and families of Midlothian ISD.”

Google also recently gave a $21,000 grant to Unite Ellis, an organization that connects people in need in Ellis County to necessary social services, according to information emailed to Dallas Innovates.

This isn’t the first time Google has contributed to Midlothian ISD Education Foundation, having provided the organization with $100,000 in 2021.

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