Kids Rising Up through Support and Healing is a PreK-12th grade group concept aligned to state and national standards. KRUSH was developed by School Counselor, Jalina Wheeler and Instructional Assistant, Kristi Whittaker from Russell, Kentucky. The KRUSH concept can be used in any school district, in all states.

K.R.U.S.H. was created for students who are dealing with parents, guardians and family members that are or have been incarcerated. The goals of this group are to provide support for the students through several avenues. We offer a small group setting where the students can be open with their concerns, worries, and positive thoughts as they relate to their incarcerated loved one. We provide lessons for the students that show them how to deal with the emotions that come with having a parent incarcerated. We work on self-esteem, positive decision-making skills, and career opportunities. Our goal is to provide students the skills they need to be able to rise above their circumstances and be positive, productive members of society.

The WJRF partners with KRUSH to provide training for teachers throughout the state of Kentucky. Currently, over 200 kids attend a weekly KRUSH meeting in Franklin and Anderson counties.


OMAC (Operation Making a Change) is a program created and designed by Gerald Gibson. The organization provides mentorship, coaching and support to teens and adults to enhance their self-awareness skills in order to break the cycle of problem behavior and make a sustainable behavior change. The program also seeks to enhance respect, discipline and accountability.