Program Support

Our programs are not only effective, they are trusted by schools and parents, and are supported by the many subject matter experts and partners.

MBF Prevention Education Programs are approved, recommended by, or listed as resources by the following:

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children has received the following awards:

  • Childhelp’s Voice of Courage award, 2014
  • Florida Blue, Sapphire Award, 1st Runner Up, April 2016
  • Jacksonville Business Journal, Innovators in Education Award, April 2016

The following individuals have reviewed, contributed to, and/or supported the development, refinement, and evaluation of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children’s Prevention Education Programs. We are grateful for their commitment to helping us keep children safe.

  • Randell Alexander, MD, Ph.D. – Professor and Chief, Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics, University of Florida
  • Sandra P. Alexander, M.Ed. – Researcher, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/ Division of Violence Prevention (DVP)
  • Melissa A. Bright, Ph.D. – Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Child Health Policy, Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida
  • Sharon W. Cooper, MD, FAAP – CEO, Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics; Consultant, Internet Crimes Against Children; Faculty, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Consultant, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • David Finkelhor, Ph.D. – Director, Crimes against Children Research Center, Family Research Laboratory, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • Richard Guerry – Founder/Executive Director, Institute for Responsible Online and Cellphone Communication (IROC2); Author, Public and Permanent, The Golden Rule of the 21st Century
  • Johanna Hatcher, MPA, BSW – Former Prevention Manager, Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. – Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center, Professor of Criminology and Criminal
  • Justice, Florida Atlantic University
  • Carol Hogue – Programs Quality Assurance Specialist, Darkness to Light
  • Denise Uhl Jenkins – Outreach and Awareness Specialist, CARE House Child Advocacy Center, Dayton, Ohio
  • Cindy McElhinney – Former Director of Programs, Darkness to Light
  • Antoinette Meeks, Ed.D., CPP, MCHES – Former Curriculum Specialist, Safe Schools Project Manager, Florida Department of Education
  • Erin Merryn, MSW – Survivor, Author, and Child Advocate, Founder and President of Erin’s Law
  • David Miller, Ph.D. – Professor, Research Methods and Evaluation, University of Florida; Director, Collaborative Assessment and Program Evaluation Services (CAPES); Director, UF Quality Enhancement
  • Carol Neal-Rossi – Regional Prevention Coordinator, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy; Consultant/Owner, Child Abuse Prevention Curriculum & Resource Development
  • Erika Rowell – Director of Programs, Darkness to Light
  • Brooks Rumenik – Program Director, Office of Safe Schools, Florida Department of Education
  • Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D. – Professor of Counseling, College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University; Author, Keeping Kids out of High-Tech Trouble;
  • Tiffany Sawyer – Director of Prevention Services, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
  • Anne Seraphine, Ph.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor in Research and Evaluation Methodology, University of Florida
  • Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, Ph.D., MSW – Social Work Professor, University of North Florida
  • Elizabeth Warren – Former National Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Darkness to Light

Thank you to the following teachers and counselors, and to all program facilitators, for their invaluable feedback:

  • Cynthia Bean, St. Johns County Schools (FL)
  • Marcia Dole, Northeast Independent School District (TX)
  • Elizabeth Dudjak, Duval County Public Schools (FL)
  • Kimberly Frazee, M.Ed., NBCT, Cumberland County Schools (NC)
  • Mallory Layton, Duval County Public Schools (FL)
  • Amanda Sheroff, MAC, Duval County Public Schools (FL)

Thank you to the following groups and organizations for their invaluable assistance and support:

  • Communities in Schools, Jacksonville, FL
  • Darkness to Light, Charleston, SC
  • Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers
  • Florida School Districts
  • Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Panama City, FL
  • Gulf Coast Kids House, Pensacola, FL
  • Police Athletic League – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville, FL
  • Office of the Florida Attorney General
  • YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, Jacksonville, FL

What They're Saying...

The MBF Child Safety Matters program is impressive. This important information is well formulated and well presented, developmentally appropriate, and based on good understanding of literature.

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.

The MBF Teen Safety Matters curriculum hosts an in-depth approach to important social and safety concerns relevant to youth. The program content is age-appropriate with engaging activities, jargon, and realistic situations to positively promote a relatable and impacting learning experience…Teen Safety Matters is an educational benefit to all parties involved – students, parents, facilitators, and schools.

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