Kennesaw State University’s Collegiate Recovery Community receives grant

 John and Mary Franklin Foundation award benefits thousands of students on campus KENNESAW, Ga…

Georgia (May 19, 2015) —  John and Mary Franklin Foundation award benefits thousands of students on campus

KENNESAW, Ga.  (May 19, 2015) — The John and Mary Franklin Foundation has authorized a $15,000 grant to the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC), Kennesaw State University’s groundbreaking program for students recovering from addiction to support their recovery and increase awareness about substance use prevention.

“Kennesaw State’s Collegiate Recovery Community is proud once again to be recognized by the John and Mary Franklin Foundation,” said Teresa Wren Johnston, M.A., LPC, founding director of Kennesaw State’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR).

“The grant helps us reach out to thousands of college students each year who benefit from our campus programs, peer-to-peer education and counseling services. As we continue to grow our community, we have increased our outreach to the greater campus population seeking to prevent the negative outcomes of alcoholism and addiction. We could not do this without the help of benefactors like the John and Mary Franklin Foundation.” 

Now in its eighth year, the CYAAR continues to effectively support college students who are in addiction recovery and on the path to college degrees. The Center provides individual counseling, 12-step-based recovery meetings, academic advising and a peer community for students.

The John and Mary Franklin Foundation has a long history with Kennesaw State and has made a number of contributions to the CRC over the years, as well as to other KSU programs, including the Center for Professional Selling.

The John and Mary Franklin Foundation was incorporated in 1955 and primarily serves the metro Atlanta area in the fields of education, scientific research, health, youth services and the arts.

The Collegiate Recovery Community was established in 2008 as part of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery and offers support and resources to Kennesaw State students recovering from addiction, including leadership and service opportunities as well as a community of peer support while earning their degrees. Students in the program develop commitment, principles, and ethical responsibility in order to grow academically and in their recovery. The CYAAR has a goal of creating campus and community collaborations among university and other groups and programs that share a common interest of educating about addiction and recovery.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

 Robert S. Godlewski

Kennesaw State University Collegiate Recovery Community


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