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A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated during this time of need.


Please send a check to:

South Middlesex Foundation:

c/o New Beginnings

 750 Winter Street

Framingham, MA 01702




  

A Comprehensive Wellness Education Initiative for Schools, Parents and the Community

Who is he?                                     William “Bill” Phillips


Today as President and Founder of New Beginnings, Phillips has been developing and presenting workshops and programs at all levels of education for 29 years. Judge Campion, first justice of the Framingham District Courts, and Jack Westcott, former principal of Keefe Tech, have been a major part of the program’s ongoing success and influence in Bill’s life. His research and expertise include adolescent behavior and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse. In 2006 Bill’s Science Based, Evidence Based program was evaluated by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. Kevin Ringhofer, one of the key evaluators, stated that Bill’s program was unique and that he would like to see this program offered throughout the United States.


New Beginnings awareness programs are in constant change to keep up with the fast-paced world we live in. Each program focuses on the most current issues students are dealing with, at any grade level, and new strategies and approaches are always created to keep students interested. Programs are also presented to adapt to the issues and concerns parents and schools feel are important to encourage young adults to make responsible decisions. Times change; New Beginnings believes in changing with the times. Currently Bill is being approached by ABC’s “20 20” program to create a documentary on the current explosion of heroin overdoses and resulting deaths.


Bill Phillips founded the New Beginnings programs in 1985 to promote awareness and acceptance of alcoholism and other dependencies as a health issue of grave concern to everyone, with major ramifications to the welfare of the community. The program helps to identify the links between school discipline, delinquency, violence and achievement. The emphasis is on young adults to make responsible decisions by providing them with current and accurate information regarding the effects and dangers of alcohol and drugs. He works closely with adults, teachers, parents, police and others to use their influence to assist young people in making healthy decisions about their futures. Bill has conducted programs in middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the country. Locally, New Beginnings educational programs have reached an average of 80,000 students and adults per year. As a non-profit provider, Bill individually counsels anyone needing free assistance and depends on personal and government donations to make this possible. Bill often brings along recovering youth who speak to peers about their ordeals with addiction and their successes in overcoming them.


Bill earned his B.A. at West Virginia State College, with continued studies at Boston University. He is certified in alcohol and drug evaluation, adolescent behaviors and intervention and prevention counseling. He underwent further studies in Substance Abuse and Behavior Counseling presented by the Supreme Judicial Court & Substance Abuse Project of Massachusetts . He also completed the Motivation Interviewing course sponsored by Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, at Brown University. He was in on the original Project Alliance team, along with the then D.A., Thomas Riley, the present D.A., Gerry Leone, Judge Campion, Jack Westcott (Former Principal of Keefe Vocational Technical School).  Also he was an early member after the establishment of the Criminal Based Justice System in Framingham by Thomas Riley, Jerry Leone, Judge Campion, Bob Flaherty (Former Framingham High School Principal), James Poirier (Clerk magistrate of The Dedham Courts) and Robin Pontremoli, Assistant to the D. A’s office. Bill has served as an At-Risk-Counselor for a number of high schools in Massachusetts. He was a catalyst in the development of the Framingham, Massachusetts District Court 2nd Offenders Program, where he is still involved. Bill has established the first Diversion Program for the Framingham Juvenile Court under the direction of D.A. Leone. He also runs a state funded awareness program on drug and alcohol abuse. Bill also serves as a liaison to Juveniles At-Risk for many of the courts throughout the area. His New Beginnings Program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and in partnership with several wellness programs throughout the state. He is also a consultant for The Governors’ Alliance Against Drugs.


Bill has produced an educational manual for schools, parents and businesses titled, "Chemical Dependency, Assessing the Problem", which he makes available to all parents and faculty he addresses. Bill is a regular guest speaker at colleges such as Lasell, Assumption, Mass Bay Wellesley, and Suffolk University.


Today Bill and his New Beginnings staff partner with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (M.I.A.A.), a number of the D.A.R.E. Programs, the Y.M.C.A., S.A.D.D., M.A.D.D., Partners In Prevention, the MA Department of Education, the Juvenile Court Department, N.C.A.A., numerous coalition projects throughout the state, and on many boards for high school/middle school wellness programs and youth service programs throughout the state. Also, he has made many guest appearances on local and national TV programs.


All that aside, it is Bill’s heartfelt, down to earth testimony of his own experience with addiction that captivates students and gives him credibility. His messages and individual counseling/interventions have led to untold numbers of lives turned around and saved. Kids can and do relate to him much more than a ‘professional speaker’.


PEOPLE ARE TALKING...


“You saved my son’s life! I will never be able to thank you enough. . .”

a thankful parent


“Thank you, thank you for your guidance, availability, patience and support through the past year of hell. It takes very special people to do what you do day in and day out. Absolutely could not have gotten through this past year without you.”

another parent


“. . . you were such a source of comfort and support to me during that time. I remember crying to you on the phone and begging for the right answers. You were so wonderful and loving and I can’t find the words to express to you how thankful I am.”

another parent


 “Packed full with information and facts…high energy, change of pace from the usual programs. Questions and Answers part of forum was exceptional. Thank you”

Jim Poirier,

Clerk Magistrate, Norfolk Juvenile Court


“This program is a great resource for developing and establishing improved school, court and police relationships”

Timothy Scaggs

Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Framingham Juvenile Court


“Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation last night. I’ve received so much positive feedback from the parents who attended!….Your program is awesome and more and more necessary in the kids lives…Your message is powerful and real because you’ve experienced lots of heartache-keep up this important work” .

Judy Miley

Religious Education Director , St. Timothy Parish


“The staff at Baird Middle school is still talking about the in-service training you provided at our school during teacher orientation week. We found your presentation to be meaningful and practical for those of us who work with adolescents”

Donna M. Hogan

Interim Principal

Paul R. Baird Middle School


Dear Mr. Phillips and Ryan

”I just want to thank you for your visit because it really made me think of the consequences of drugs. I’m not going to lie and say I have never tried pot before… but now that you’ve told me what it can result in I’ve changed my mind drastically. Though I have used it, I have opted to stop because it is very harmful to your health. Thankyou for convincing me that drugs are bad for your body. You’ve made a big impression on me."

(8th grade student)


“Would recommend this program without hesitation. Informative, exciting, non-stop and right to the point....excellent”

Ralph Olsen

Principal, Framingham High School



  

Richard Garabedian, Ph.D.

Dr. Garabedian is a consultant and advisor for the New Beginnings Program. As the former K-12 Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Watertown Public Schools, Watertown, MA, Richard promoted innovative health and wellness programs for students, athletes, faculty, and parents. During his tenure, he also orchestrated the development of a system wide health related physical education curriculum. Dr. Garabedian was the principal coordinator of the Watertown Drug Free Schools Grant, actively promoting alcohol and substance abuse prevention education programs within the schools and community.

His degree status includes a B.S., an Ed. M. and a C.A.G.S. from B.U. and Boston State (now UMass Boston). He was an adjunct professor at Boston State Graduate School, teaching courses such as “Curriculum Design and Administration” and “Modern Curriculum Planning.” He has also presented workshops at the MA Reading Association, the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies, the M.I.A.A. and for various school systems throughout Massachusetts. He is also a member of the National Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

He presently is an adjunct professor at Mass Bay Community College, teaching “Critical Thinking” and Psychology. He is also a supervisor for teacher interns at Simmons College and is an adjunct professor at Lasell College, teaching “Multicultural Issues In School and Community” while also supervising student teachers and acting as a freshman advisor.


  

Robert C. Campion

Judge Campion is the retired First Justice of Framingham, Massachusetts District Court. He has witnessed the utter destruction of the lives of individuals and families as a result of alcohol and drug addiction. He has been actively involved in the evaluation and treatment programs necessary in obtaining a life of sobriety. He has implemented innumerable court programs assisting schools, police and community prevention programs. Judge Campion is currently in partnership with his son Daniel Campion in the family law practice. He is also a consultant and advisor regarding legal ramifications and court proceedings, involving drugs, alcohol and behaviors. He is widely recognized for his expertise in these matters.


  

Richard Najarian

Dr. Garabedian is a consultant and advisor for the New Beginnings Program. As the former K-12 Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Watertown Public Schools, Watertown, MA, Richard promoted innovative health and wellness programs for students, athletes, faculty, and parents. During his tenure, he also orchestrated the development of a system wide health related physical education curriculum. Dr. Garabedian was the principal coordinator of the Watertown Drug Free Schools Grant, actively promoting alcohol and substance abuse prevention education programs within the schools and community.

Dick received his doctorate degree in Exercise Physiology from U. Connecticut, and he is currently an adjunct professor at Lasell College in Newton, teaching courses in “Lifestyles and Human Behavior” as well as “Research Design” and “Sport Management.” In addition, he is teaching courses in Health and Wellness and Childhood Obesity at Assumption College in Worcester. He has presented workshops for the MA Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and has participated in numerous conferences at the MA Interscholastic Athletic Association. He is also a member of the MA Teachers Association, past president of the MA Athletic Directors Association, and is a Certified Athletic Administrator. Dr. Garabedian lives with his wife in Princeton, MA where he enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and caring for an antique colonial house built in 1820.




  

John “Jack” Westcott

Currently retired as Keefe Tech Principal, Jack is still a consultant and advisor for the New Beginnings Program. He, along with Judge Campion, were part of the original New Beginnings Team and major contributors in supporting the New Beginnings Program. He was the Wellness Coordinator for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) from September 1997 to September 1999. Prior to this, Jack was the Principal at Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, Massachusetts for twenty-five years. He has thirty-five years experience dealing with troubled youth and implementing alternative discipline programs. He designed the Framingham, Massachusetts Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Model (FIRM) in conjunction with Framingham School Officials and Framingham Police Department. This nationally recognized court Diversion Program prevents juvenile offenders from traditional involvement with the court system. Jack also was a key person in developing a new community forum on substance abuse and violence prevention program with Bill Phillips and Judge Robert Campion, retired First Justice of Framingham, Massachusetts District Court. He is recognized nationally as a speaker on alternative programs and anti-violence initiatives. Jack Westcott has a Bachelor of Science Degree in counseling from Framingham State College. He also has earned his Master of Arts Degree in school administration from Framingham State College. Currently Jack is enjoying his retirement traveling throughout the country, but is still very involved with the New Beginnings Program.