Role – Consultant
Jennifer is the co-founder/ executive director of the highly successful teen program called AHA! www.ahasb.org which serves more than 3500 families annually in the state of California. AHA! creates positive attitudes, social harmony and bridges the achievement gap. Dr. Freed has authored the educational book series “BECOME YOUR BEST SELF” which includes workbooks on Relationship Wisdom, Character, Compassion and Creative Expression as part of her efforts to bring outstanding social and emotional learning curriculum to teens and their families. She also created a trainer’s series entitled THE AHA! METHOD in 2014 for educators and facilitators of teens.In 2014 Dr. Freed and Josh Wand invented a web application PEACEQ.com which tracks pro social behaviors of teens in their schools and has already broken records for student participation in creating peaceful behaviors on campus.Dr. Freed’s National media appearances include GOOD MORNING AMERICA, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, ABC NEWS, FOX NEWS, SIRRIUS RADIO, AIR AMERICA, USA TODAY, DISNEY.COM, LIFESCRIPT.COM, and others. Jennifer Freed was also the host of the popular radio program FREED UP! on Voice America.Dr. Freed is also the recipient of the 2009 Santa Barbara’s Local Heroes Award and THE HOPE AWARD from Sierra Tucson Treatment Center, in recognition of her innovative curriculum for high school teenagers, which led to a 70% reduction in school suspensions. AHA! was awarded YOUTH PROGRAM OF THE YEAR by the City of Santa Barbara in 2010 and AHA! is also the recipient of the 2010 Southern California Teen Coalition Teen Award in the category of Be the Change Award . In 2014 Dr. Freed and AHA! were given an award from Susan Crown Foundation for being one of the top eight social and emotional learning programs in the country.