About BrainAbouts: Empowering positive Choices & Developing Healthy Brains

The best time to educate youth about high-risk behaviors, like drug and alcohol use, is before they are faced with the choice. BrainAbouts® makes those uncomfortable conversations easier. Informed by the latest brain research and prevention science tools, BrainAbouts empowers students, caregivers, and school faculty members to learn about and openly discuss these topics as a team.

 

With BrainAbouts, schools can attain systemic change through the ease of our online learning environment known as The Core. The BrainAbouts Core is designed to be a turnkey tool for counselors, a go-to resource for parents, an activity generator for students, a pre-integrated curriculum for teachers, and a statistics tracker for administrators. In the BrainAbouts Core, school faculty can use the guided activity calendar to achieve consistent programming saturation about the topics most relevant to their school's culture.

 

Dr. Crystal Collier, in partnership with the John Fontaine, Jr. Charity (JFJC), developed the BrainAbouts model after years of research in neuroscience and direct experience in the classroom. The result is an extraordinarily effective, comprehensive program to help prevent young people from engaging in risky behaviors that could negatively impact their brain development and compassionately intervene when they do.

 

When a school subscribes to BrainAbouts, their students, families, and faculty immediately have access to the Core's full online collection related to a variety of high-risk behavior youth struggle with today. Programming is organized by tier level for counseling staff and faculty, neurodevelopment tools for parents, and calls to action for students.

The BrainAbouts Model

Systemic

It takes a village to raise a child, and we believe it also takes one to support healthy decisions. BrainAbouts empowers students, caregivers, and faculty members to build that village and openly approach uncomfortable issues as a united team.

Comprehensive

BrainAbouts is designed to meet students where they are with age-appropriate curriculum, multiple learning modalities, and SEL skills that support a young person's decision to not engage in high-risk behaviors or to seek help to stop.

Brain-based 

 BrainAbouts is designed to train the brain by focusing on building executive function skills early for strong, empowered decision-making in the future. Brain-based prevention education focuses on how a variety of high-risk behavior affects neurodevelopment, which encourages youth to protect their most valuable asset. 

Consistent

With one-and-done prevention presentations, students may not retain the information to apply when they need it the most. BrainAbouts makes it easier for counselors and parents to achieve long-term effects by consistently engaging students year-round with the help of activity calendars and easy-to-apply resources-key factors in successful prevention programming.

Tailored to School Culture

BrainAbouts allows the school or the individual user to home in on immediate needs or explore topics and skills. Data from annual school surveys assist in identifying needs and priorities for that year, as the school culture evolves. This flexible approach means that the resources are adaptable to unique individual and school needs.

Affordable

As a program of the John Fontaine, Jr. Charity (JFJC), BrainAbouts will always be available to schools and districts at a very affordable rate. To reach as many students as possible, the program's annual subscription fee is subsidized by JFJC's generous donors and partners. 

Subscribers to BrainAbouts receive access to online programming for students, educators, and caregivers for a full year.

Annual school and district subscriptions include:

  • Pre- and post-school year surveys to assess the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and identify priorities.
  • Access to the BrainAbouts Core for students, parents, counselors, and educators, including monthly activity calendars, videos, discussion guides, facts and stats, and an abundance of other resources.
  • Teacher & counselor in-service training.
  • Opportunity to book Dr. Crystal Collier for in-person speaking engagements with parents, faculty, and student body.

Crystal Collier, Ph.D.

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Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S

Creator & Program Director, BrainAbouts
Therapist, Researcher & Educator

Crystal Collier, Ph.D., LPC-S, is a therapist, educator, and person in long-term recovery who works with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems, and substance use disorders. As the creator of the neuroscience-based BrainAbouts learning platform, she is helping JFJC provide leading prevention education to elementary, middle, and high school students and their families.

Dr. Collier's award-winning work has been acknowledged by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, the Hope and Healing Center and Institute, the Association of Alternative Peer Groups, the Houston Counseling Association, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Her areas of expertise include adolescent brain development, prevention programming, parent coaching, addiction, family-of-origin work, and training new clinicians.

In 2020, she published her long-awaited prevention book, The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide: A Neurodevelopmental Guide for Parents and Families Who Want to Prevent Youth High-Risk Behavior available on Amazon.

Jack Fontaine

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President & Founder
John Fontaine, Jr. Charity

Jack Fontaine and his wife, Nancy, met and married in 1981, followed by the birth of three beautiful children: John, Harris, and Elizabeth. In 2001, tragedy struck the Fontaine Family when, at just 16 years old, John lost his life in an alcohol-related car accident.

As a young man, Jack struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, resulting in him dropping out of the University of Georgia. He became sober nearly four decades ago and has maintained a commitment to the recovery community and his sobriety.

Driven by the tremendous pain that alcohol and substances has caused in their lives, Jack and Nancy dedicated their lives to ensuring far fewer families ever receive a tragic phone call in the middle of the night. They founded the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education at the University of Georgia in 2006. Ten years later, they launched JFJC to develop and support early prevention and intervention programs for secondary school students.

Jack is also an owning partner of James Edwards & Companies Inc. (JECO), established in 2000. JECO Inc. currently manages multiple "Red Bull Energy Drink exclusive" distributors across Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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