Difference Maker

You can now nominate your FOCUS Facilitator as a “Difference Maker!”

The “Difference Maker” award program will take the place of the FOCUS School of the Year.

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 here)

  • The deadline to nominate your Facilitator as the 2021 Difference Maker is April 2, 2021

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.

For more information on the program please contact Sue Jones at sjones@thefocusprogram.com or April Freitag at afreitag@thefocusprogram.com











FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         Sue C. Jones, FOCUS Director

April 20, 2020                                                                                                                        (256) 453-0655                                                                                                                                                                 sjones@thefocusprogram.com

Congratulations to Tarithia Bracy

the “2020 Difference Maker”

FOCUS Program’s Outstanding Facilitator



(Birmingham, AL) FOCUS is pleased to announce Tarithia Bracy, George Washington Carver High School, as the winner of the 2020 Difference Maker Award which recognizes the most outstanding educator facilitating FOCUS in Alabama. The Difference Maker Award was created to honor those whose passion, enthusiasm, and leadership have resulted in real successes in the prevention of adolescent risk behaviors in their school and community. As the winner of this award, Mrs. Bracy will receive $1,000 cash, a trophy, and framed certificate.


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 INFOCUS/APC for seven years. She believes that INFOCUS is a great program that builds character, citizenship, communication and decision-making skills. INFOCUS teaches students to become leaders within their own school and how to advocate for issues that their peers may face. 


Mrs. Bracy has been married for 23 years and has a son and daughter. Her son is majoring in computer science and her daughter is pre-nursing. She enjoys traveling with her family and listening to music in her spare time.


We are honored to recognize Tarithia Bracy for her outstanding leadership. Congratulations and thank you to Mrs. Bracy for her work in reducing the incidence of adolescent risk behaviors and truly Making a Difference in the lives of students! 


Visit www.thefocusprogram.com for information on FOCUS.

Pictured: Tarithia Bracy - INFOCUS Facilitator, Carver High School, Birmingham City Schools, @Sue C. Jones - FOCUS Director

Angela Dollison - Director of Student Initiatives Addiction Prevention Coalition/FOCUS 

Assistant Director-Jefferson County, Dr. Evelyn Nettles Hinds - Principal, G.W. Carver High School RAMS

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