Jun 19

Stories are Powerful

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:32 PM by Ashley Mock

Research tells us that communities with strong and stable families have lower crime rates, improved health, better educational outcomes, and higher earning potential. Locally, we know that in order to build those strong families, we need resources like Families of the Treasure Coast to empower and enable parents to improve the lives of their children.

Families of the Treasure Coast has one goal: to equip community members with the knowledge and tools essential to a happy, healthy and prosperous family. They are able to do that by reaching out to all parents to provide information, connect them to community resources, and facilitate parent development activities throughout the community. Some initiatives are even designed to increase communication among community resources, giving families access to services that they might otherwise not utilize.

Parent Teen Community Connection (PTCC) is the flagship program of Families of the Treasure Coast. By offering evidence based workshops, focused on strengthening positive parent/child communication, PTCC is able to help parents confront risky behaviors with comprehensive education and critical thinking skills.     

Below is a testimonial from a parent who recently participated in the Parent Teen Community Connection program:

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.

 parents and children in a circle holding hands

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.

E. Johnson

May 22

Learning to TRUST

Posted on May 22, 2019 at 3:59 PM by Ashley Mock

This current year, through our Strategic Short Term Funding, we are partnering with Tykes & Teens to offer the Teaching Resilience & Understanding Symptoms of Trauma (TRUST) program. The program provides training, technical assistance and therapeutic consultation to CSC's funded afterschool programs to help them recognize and respond to trauma symptoms with children in their programs.

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. 

Recently the Boys & Girls Club administration reached out to TRUST to have their clinical therapist, Belinda, work with staff to help them appropriately respond to children who had been impacted by recent gun violence in the community close to their homes. The therapist was able to respond quickly to provide support so staff could understand how traumatic events may affect the children and use language and strategies that would promote healing.

boys and girls club staff in trauma informed care training    IMG_0239

Below is a testimonial from a Boys & Girls Club staff member about the impact of the program:

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
Mar 21

Young Floridian Awards

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM by Ashley Mock

Through over 60 businesses investing their time and money to make the event possible to the adults who provide hope and opportunity for our youth to succeed, we are a community that believes in our children. 

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