Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support Program (PALS Thrive)

The PALS Thrive (Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle Support) program, overseen by professionals at UF Health Shands Pychiatric Hospital, provides peer support and therapeutic intervention to troubled students and enhances leadership skills for teen leaders.

This is achieved through peer counseling classes, therapeutic groups led by professionals and peers and programs that provide an altruistic, tolerant, nonviolent atmosphere in the school where diversity is welcome.

PALS Thrive Goals

The overall goal of PALS Thrive is to emphasize tolerance, non-violence, altruism, positive self-image and leadership.

PALS Thrive aims to improve the school environment’s acceptance of diversity and provide an atmosphere of non-violence and inclusion. Teen leaders improve their leadership skills and compassion for others. Also, they gain enhancement of character attributes such as empathy and compassion. Troubled teens gain an enhanced sense of self-esteem and a feeling of belonging.

Focus groups deal with topics such as:

  • Social skills
  • Personal hygiene/physical image
  • Appropriate outlets for anger
  • Self-esteem building
  • Leadership skills
  • Life goals
  • Building personal happiness
  • Violence/suicide prevention

PALS Thrive Events

  • Dancing Through the Decades (11/30/17)
  • PALS Golf Tournament (5/26/18)

Bosshardt PALS Thrive History

  • Provides peer support and therapeutic intervention to troubled students and enhances leadership skills for teen leaders
  • Started supporting PALS through Golf Tournament
  • Created PALS Party to increase our commitment
    • Fundraising event hosted by Shands to raise money towards PALS
    • Bosshardt raised $10,000 a year for past three years
    • Support from realtors, Bosshardt vendors, and community members
  • We have previously raised $30,000 - $50,000 a year