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Nominate your FOCUS Facilitator as a “Difference Maker!”

The Facilitator chosen as the “Difference Maker” will receive $1,000 cash to be used however they choose. The “Difference Maker” will be chosen based on their school’s activities, their level of involvement with FOCUS, and the creation of successful prevention activities and events.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The FOCUS Facilitator must be nominated using the Difference Maker form below

  • The winner must be a facilitator at a registered FOCUS school (register your school here)

  • The deadline to nominate your Facilitator as the 2021 Difference Maker is April 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Judging Criteria:

  • The school’s FOCUS activities that were led by the Facilitator.

  • The Facilitator's level of involvement with FOCUS throughout the year.

  • The Facilitator has demonstrated dedication and commitment to creating successful prevention activities and events.

Winner Will Receive:

The selected Difference Maker will receive $1,000 cash to be used however they choose.

2020 "Difference Maker Award" Recipient: Tarithia Bracy

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An individual nominating Mrs. Bracy stated, “Mrs. Bracy is an amazing, loving, inspiring, trusting, and caring leader. She always does what she can to ensure that others are okay and that they get the help they need if needed. To be honest, I'm honored to not only have her as a teacher, and a leader, but a role model as well.”

Tarithia Bracy obtained her B.S. and MA. Ed. in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been teaching high school health for 25 years in the Birmingham City School System. She also teaches Health ACCESS for
the University of Alabama.


Mrs. Bracy has been involved with FOCUS/APC for seven years. She believes that FOCUS is a great program that builds character, citizenship, communication and decision-making skills. FOCUS teaches students to become leaders within their own school and how to advocate for issues that their peers.