Jesuit Dallas Hope Squad Takes Home Beacon Award

“Service is a path to happiness,” Zak Williams told about 500 guests attending the Grant Halliburton Foundation’s 13th annual Beacon of Hope Community Luncheon on March 9.

Williams, a mental health advocate, CEO and founder of PYM, and son of the late Robin Williams, was in Dallas March 9 to support the foundation’s mission to provide education, resources, and support for children, teen, and young adult mental health in North Texas.

“To be vulnerable gives you strength,” he said. “It gives you superpower.”

The Mitchells — Paula, John, Caroline, and Thomas — were the family luncheon chairs, with Barb Farmer as the founding luncheon chair.

The Beacon Award went to 19 members of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Hope Squad, launched in 2020 so students could train to watch for struggling peers, provide a listening ear, recognize warning signs of suicide, and seek help from adults.

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