$1000 Grant Award – Independence Academy, Brockton, MA
Prom is so important to our students, because you need to understand what makes our students unique. Every student who attends Independence Academy has made the brave decision to leave their hometown high schools to attend IA in order to make a change around their substance use. These brave students work tirelessly to not just do well academically, but to make the life changing, and often lifesaving, decision to be in recovery. Our students do miss out on many typical experiences that other high school students get to enjoy, such as sports, homecoming, and other after school events. They face innumerable obstacles, and often can feel isolated and judged. Our Recovery Prom allows all of our students to have a slice of well-deserved normalcy. The Independence Academy prom is an annual event for all students, not just upperclassmen. Our Prom serves as a testament to our students that they can enjoy a sober high school rite of passage, and enable them to envision future sober parties, events, and life experiences. This amazing event is free to students and is not just a prom because it symbolizes a promise to our students that it is possible to have fun, be a teenager, and feel fulfilled while sober. We utilize the prom as a celebration of recovery where students can feel a sense of freedom to be more than a label, but just teenagers at a prom.