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Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:32 PM by Ashley Mock
The PTCC sessions have given me and my kids a great outlet, plus they get a chance to hear from other parents and their peers about what they are going through. As a single mom, I have always struggled to open up to my kids (a 6th and 9th grader) but now I have a new confidence in sharing.
My story is important and what I value as a mom must be communicated to my kids. My kids shared with me after a session that they thought it was so cool how I was able to share what happened to me back in the day. I was so excited. When I talk I want my kids to listen. PTCC has helped me see "how" I say something is just as important as "what" I say. The attitude behind my words are just as important as the words themselves.
We, as a family have put into practice "listening with full attention". It shows my kids what they have to say is important, especially to me. Whatever we are doing, we stop and give our undivided attention. Putting those skills to practice has strengthened our family and for that we are grateful.
Posted on May 22, 2019 at 3:59 PM by Ashley Mock
The TRUST team trains afterschool program staff to understand the cause of a child’s behavior and offer ideas about alternative methods or tactics to reduce the negative impacts on that child. Often times, program staff's attempts to regulate behavior concerns do little to address the underlying issues that may have caused those behaviors in the first place. However, the TRUST program assists in creating an environment that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
Our partnership with Tykes and Teens has been extremely successful thus far. Belinda took an approach to first observe the work of our staff at Garden Terrace; how they run programs, dealing with member conflict and different behaviors during program time. Belinda also met with the staff to answer any questions the staff had about being a better mentor to our youth. My staff have learned a great deal from Belinda that there is a deeper meaning as to why a specific student is acting out in class. We are so quick to discipline a member that gets in trouble constantly without ever sitting down and talking through the problem with them and finding the deeper root cause to their actions. This is something that has really stuck with my staff.
Through Belinda’s mentorship, my staff and I now take the time to talk through any conflicts the members get into, find out why they made the decisions they did, and let the member figure out what would have been a better solution to the problem. Not only does this help the members talk through their own issues, it helps the staff and members build a positive relationship because the members truly feel like they are cared for by the staff and how they are feeling.
Kaitlyn Spera | Club Director Garden Terrace Unit
Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County
Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM by Ashley Mock