Grant Helps Horses Helping Kids

PATASKALA, OHIO, NOVEMBER 15, 2014 – PBJ Connections, Inc. is pleased to announce that for the sixth consecutive year it has been awarded a grant from the Harry C. Moores Foundation. This year’s $12,000.00 award will support PBJ Connections Empower PEERS Program which pairs struggling teens with horses in a therapeutic setting.

An expansion of a spring 2014 program, identified students from Madison-Plains Local School District, Ohio School for the Deaf, Beatty Park Elementary, The Citadel and Newark High School will take part in ten equine assisted sessions. The students will work with the horses on leadership and empowerment skills. Teamed with an animal that is much larger and perhaps intimidating, the students overcome fear, build self-esteem, strengthen leadership skills and become empowered in their environment.

“We are very grateful to the Harry C. Moores Foundation for their continued support and being able to provide equine assisted therapy to more teens in our community,” said Holly Jedlicka, Executive Director of PBJ Connections. “Equine assisted psychotherapy is effective because it is immediately engaging and happens in real time as the student interacts with the horse. Horses provide instant, accurate feedback and become a portal into self-awareness when good facilitators help design the roadmap. I see this time and again over the course of the sessions,” she added.

PBJ Connections partners with PBJ Dressage, owned by Glenda Childress, to provide sessions in Licking County; and is also partnering with The Ohio State University’s equine facility on Sawmill Rd. to provide sessions.

Founded in 1963, and headquartered in Columbus, OH, the Harry C. Moores Foundation supports hospitals and colleges as well as cultural programs and programs for child welfare and the disabled.

About PBJ Connections

Established in 2007, PBJ Connections is the only equine assisted psychotherapy program in central Ohio with full-time clinical staff. Located in Pataskala, Ohio, and also working out of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science at Otterbein University in Westerville, as well as The Ohio State University in Dublin, Ohio, PBJ Connections’ equine assisted psychotherapy uses the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model of therapy which is solution oriented, team facilitated, adheres to a strict code of ethics and is non-riding.

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Holly Jedlicka
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