The NBCC Foundation recently selected Antoinette L. Oliver of Pine Bluff for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors.

The foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, according to a news release.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Oliver is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in addiction studies.

Following graduation, Oliver intends to work with troubled youth between the ages of 12–19 in the Pine Bluff and surrounding areas.

The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Oliver and the 33 other master’s-level addictions counseling fellowship recipients.

Oliver will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

“Her goal is to spread awareness on the effects of substance abuse through mentoring, education, and prevention programs,” according to a news release. “This fellowship would allow Oliver the opportunity to attend different trainings, network with those in her field, and grant her the chance to better serve her community.”

The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014.

The foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs).

“The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals,” according to a news release.