The Family Center at Kennedy Middle School

The Kennedy Family Center offers a wide range of programs to support members of our community with and beyond their immediate academic needs.  It is a wonderful complement to the solid academic foundations delivered by our teachers and staff, and exemplify the sense of solidarity and community we all aspire to. This includes (but is not limited to):

Non-academic counseling and education

  • Counseling: individual, group, family, and crisis intervention.
  • Kara: Support group for students who have experienced the death of a parent, caregiver or significant family member.
  • El Centro de Libertad: prevention and education program consisting of group sessions to address issues surrounding drugs, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.
  • Pride: therapeutic support group supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/non-binary students.
  • School assemblies: each year we do a variety of assemblies to reinforce and teach positive behavior and safety.  Topics include bullying education and prevention, healthy coping skills, digital safety, and citizenship.


  • Council of goodness: weekly mentoring and academic support for students on Saturdays.
  • Friends for Youth: school based mentoring program that matches students with mentors in small groups for interactive group mentoring sessions focused on goal setting, school engagement, and decision making.
  • Healthy Cities: students  get paired with one on one mentors to assist them with academics and more.

Community Assistance

  • Bus passes & PE clothes: offered at discounted prices for qualified students.
  • Health Care Insurance & Calfresh Aid: assist families in signing up for healthcare and food stamp benefits.
  • Food Pantry Distribution (Sep to May): an opportunity for qualified families and community members to receive fresh produce and other food items such as chicken, beans, pasta, milk, etc.