Wellspring coordinator receives award

Nikki Francis, center

EAST BRUNSWICK – The coordinator of Program and Professional Development for the Wellspring Center for Prevention recently received the Friend of a SAC Award.

The award was handed out by the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of N.J. (ASAP-NJ), an organization of individuals employed in schools, agencies or school-based programs whose functions include advocating and developing a school-based student assistance/substance awareness program. The group meets the needs of youth in the education, prevention, intervention, and referral services for high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse and violence issues, according to information provided by Wellspring.

Nicki Francis is multi-certified in several evidenced-based prevention programs and has trained many professionals on Harassment Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) and Bullying Prevention, Creating Climate Change in School and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment), according to the statement.

She is also experienced in effective practices to ensure community level change. She is an expert in facilitating Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug education presentations and violence prevention workshops.

Francis has been the representative from Wellspring to the Middlesex County Association of ASAP for the past two years, and as such has provided a wealth of resources and up-to-date information and statistics to Middlesex SACs.

The Wellspring Center for Prevention is located at 620 Cranbury Road, Suite 105, East Brunswick. For more information, call 732-254-3344 ext. 125 or visit wellspringprevention.org.