For Parents and Students

The PALS THRIVE program offers supportive services at your child’s school. Programming is designed to create additional opportunities for students to connect with one another and feel supported as well as to foster a greater sense of inclusion and altruism with the school community.

These services are being offered through a partnership with UF Health, the University of Florida, and Alachua County Schools. As such, we are utilizing a team approach where all partners are connected, informed and involved in providing the best programming possible for students. The Alachua County business community, which includes Bosshardt Realty Services, also provides much needed, additional financial support. 

PALS counseling sessions, leadership groups or support groups are facilitated by a graduate or doctoral level counseling intern and supervised by a licensed professional from UF Health.

The focus of these sessions will be to provide support, enhance self-esteem, develop leadership skills and increase social skills, as well as develop greater problem-solving strategies, so that your child will be more successful in meeting their goals at school. 

There is also the opportunity to participate in leadership and connection opportunities that fit within the PALS mission of “No One Sits Alone”. On the consent page, you can check for your student to participate in only these opportunities, or you can give permissions for counseling opportunities as well.

Release and Permission Forms

Alachua County Public Schools

Saint Francis Catholic Academy

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about the PALS program, please contact Yanel Casanova at casany@shands.ufl.edu. We look forward to working with your child.