New York, NY (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
New York Film Academy (NYFA), an international film and acting school, is regarded as a Top Military Friendly School with many of its programs approved for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. To further increase its supportive veteran environment, NYFA has partnered with the Soldiers Project through its “Adopt a College” program.
After returning from service, veteran students may encounter symptoms, such as anxiety or depression, as a result of the stress caused by the adjustment to the classroom. Through the “Adopt a College” program, the Soldiers Project allows a positive academic transition for the veteran students and educates faculty in regards to the psychological issues vets face when returning to a school situation.
“With nearly 250 veterans enrolled at NYFA, we want to ensure all of our veterans have the resources they need to succeed both creatively and academically,” said John Powers, Director of Veterans Services at the New York Film Academy. “The partnership with the Soldiers Project has helped many of our veteran students, and helps prepare our institution to better serve our veterans.”
About the Soldiers Project
The Soldiers Project is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, confidential psychological services to military personnel who have served during the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, as well as to their loved ones. The Soldiers Project is committed to providing a safety net of psychological care for military service members and their loved ones as well as educating the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect not only those who serve, but also their loved ones at home and in our communities.
Returning home from being in combat in a country at war presents difficult challenges for the individual as well as their support system. Service members, wives, husbands, children, parents and other loved ones are all affected by the separation that is part of serving in the military but the transition “coming home” brings additional challenges. Many will have suffered psychological injuries no less serious than visible scars of war. Homecoming often challenges the closest relationships with the tasks of learning about each other all over again.
Therapy offers loved ones a safe place in which to talk and share their hopes and fears, the excitement and disappointments and even disturbing changes. As mental health practitioners who understand the far-reaching consequences of these war-related experiences, we can provide the support that is needed to smooth the transition to family and civilian life.
About the New York Film Academy
New York Film Academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and provides students with a variety of options to access a performing and visual arts education. With locations all around the world, NYFA is well known for its diverse student body.
Many luminaries in the entertainment industry have sent family members to study at the institution including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono (U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson, and James L. Brooks, among others.
For more information about the programs offered at the New York Film Academy, please contact the New York Film Academy Office of Veterans Services at 818-295-2020, or via email veteran(at)nyfa(dot)edu.
For more information about the Adopt a College program, please contact Dr. Carol Tanenbaum at ctanenbaum(at)thesoldiersproject(dot)org