Student Assistance

School Social Workers address students' social and emotional needs and work together with other support systems within the school to create the best possible academic environment for students.


Student Assistance Programs are designed to address alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and related issues in order to prevent and reduce students' difficulties regarding these issues. The Student Assistance Program is made possible through the team effort of school personnel in partnership with community providers and volunteers. A holistic Student Assistance Program consists of education, prevention, intervention, aftercare and support.


Student Assistance programs include:

  • Ambassadors

  • Peer Helpers

  • Operation Snowball

  • Friends of Rachel


H-F also provides a number of Social Work Groups designed to address the needs of H-F students:

  • The Cave (Boys requiring support in healthy relationships, conflict resolution & grief)

  • Future Stars (Boys requiring support in social awareness, social responsiveness & communication)

  • The Awakening (Students requiring academic and emotional support and an increase in motivation)

  • Coping Together (Girls who have a history or diagnosis of depression and/or anxiety)

  • Grief & Loss Group (Students who have experienced a death of a significant loved one)

  • Sisters with a Gift (SWAG) (At-risk girls who require support with relationships, decision-making, anger or past trauma)

  • Colorful (LGBTQ+ students who are struggling with issues around gender or sexuality)

  • Express Yourself (Artistic therapy for students who need help expressing emotions)

  • Decisions, Decisions (Students who need help practicing the skills necessary for making positive decisions)

  • Military Kids Connect (Support for students with deployed family members)


Please contact Dr. Kizawanda Olowe at 708-335-5650 if you know of students who would benefit from these services.