SARASOTA, Fla. – District 3 Sarasota County School Board candidate, Eric Robinson (EricRobinsonforSchoolBoard.com) recently contributed to bring Social Black Belt, a program that provides youth with the skills, knowledge and resources to choose pro-social behaviors to establish healthy lifelong goals, to students at North Port High School.
Robinson donated nearly $6,000 to help pilot the Social Black Belt program for 267 students in some of the high school’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) and Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) classes. The North Port High School program began on February 4 and will run approximately 10 weeks.
Social Black Belt is effective at teaching social-emotional skills that help students to succeed in life. The program aims to help schoolchildren to take a leadership role, present in front of a group, initiate contact with a complete stranger, take a less-than-popular stance for an important issue and be comfortable in who they are – despite color, creed, race or gender.
“As a father of three kids, I know that academics is only a part of the equation,” said Robinson. “The black belt designation is one of the highest standards of achievement, and students who achieve this honor through Social Black Belt are equipped to deal with any social situation, including peer pressure, rejection and bullying.”
The Social Black Belt program has been taught to over 3,500 students along the Suncoast. The program is typically taught one hour per week, but lessons have also been taught three times per week for 20 minutes with the same outcomes.
“This is the very beginning of a beautiful transformation to wellness in our public schools,” says Dr. Christopher Cortman, founder and president of Social Black Belt, award-winning psychology expert and author of the books used in the Social Black Belt studies – “Your Mind: An Owner’s Manual” and “Take Control of Your Anxiety.” “The first standards for social-emotional learning were introduced last year. However, teachers like Master Chief Jack Sanzalone, a decorated Navy veteran trained in Social Black Belt at North Port High School, need to have the right tools and support to be successful. This innovative social-emotional learning program is scientifically based, activity driven and perfected by teachers, students and parents.”
A Sarasota resident since 2001, Robinson announced his intention to run for the 2016 District 3 Sarasota County School Board opening in July 2015. He specializes in tax planning and services for individuals and small business clients as a shareholder, founder and chief financial officer of Robinson, Hanks, Young and Roberts, CPA. He is also an active member of the Sarasota County School Board financial advisory committee and was appointed to the State College of Florida Board by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
For more information, visit www.TheSocialBlackBelt.org.
About Eric Robinson
Robinson currently serves the Sarasota community at Robinson, Hanks, Young and Roberts, CPA, which he opened in 2004. He was previously appointed to prestigious positions by Jeb Bush, such as the statewide Workforce Florida as the finance chairman (served four years) and the chairman of the Sarasota Bradenton Airport Authority. He has also served as treasurer for several high profile political campaigns for conservative candidates in Florida.
Robinson’s career started with the Department of Justice, where he worked for three years as a contracting officer. He has also worked as a contractor manager for the American Welding Society, purchasing director for Lucent Technologies and started Senior Networks, a data networking company that restored computers and worked with new wireless advances. His clients included the University of Miami, St. Thomas University, School Boards throughout Florida, hospitals and more.