When Paul Kelly was named principal of Elk Grove High School (EGHS) in 2013, he was eager to make an impact in the lives of his students. As he settled in to his new role and got to know his student population, he recognized that many students faced challenges that required specialized attention. More than that, he identified that some students experienced stress that stemmed from challenges their family members faced, and he wanted to do something to help. As he began researching local social service agencies that offered wraparound services that could support a family as a whole, one name kept coming up: Kenneth Young Center.
Paul connected with KYC’s team to learn about the diversity of services offered and quickly realized that he was in the right place. He joined the 5K Run/Walk Committee to help raise money and awareness for mental health and senior services as a way to develop a deeper understanding of the agency. Within a year, Paul joined the Board of Directors. By 2016, he took on a leadership position and served as Chairman of the Board for two years. Paul remains as an active member of the Board who strives to best serve our communities.
KYC and EGHS partner together to offer a variety of supportive and educational services directly to EGHS students. In his role as Principal, Paul works closely with KYC’s positive youth programs. These programs create safe spaces for youth to learn about alcohol, drug, and pregnancy prevention. KYC also helps to facilitate EGHS’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which engages students in programs and activities that work toward the common goal of staying drug and alcohol free. EGHS and KYC’s social workers and staff collaborate to provide extensive support to youth and families, offering a variety of services to meet each student’s individual needs. Paul’s unique relationship to both KYC and EGHS drives positive outcomes for students and families.
When asked, Grace Hong Duffin, President and CEO of KYC had this to say about Paul: “Paul’s leadership and insight have been an invaluable part of KYC’s service to youth. Whether working with our teams to find creative ways to engage youth in positive programming to strategic meetings about the long-term plans for KYC, Paul brings a wisdom and joyful spirit to everything he does. We’re proud to have him on our Board.”
Thank you, Paul, for the many ways you support our community!
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