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Doc Wayne Wins Sport for Health Award from Beyond Sport

3 Nov

 

Doc Wayne is thrilled to announce our Chalk Talk® sport-based group therapy program was recently announced the winner of the 2016 Sport for Health Award from Beyond Sport at their annual Summit and Awards in London. This global award, sponsored by Comic Relief, recognizes organizations that use sport to tackle a variety of health challenges facing communities.

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“It was an amazing experience. We met some great people that we hope to collaborate with in the future.” Jonathan Baum, LICSW – VP, Clinical Services

Doc Wayne’s CEO, David Cohen commented, “Coming away from this summit, it’s even more clear that there is a tremendous need in this space of mental health and complex trauma, and Doc Wayne could be a significant component to working through some challenging situations through the power of sport. This global exposure helps Doc Wayne tell a story that enables us to find an even more robust path to impacting so many youth in need.”

Doc Wayne was shortlisted along with three other organizations for this award. Our organization’s recognition as the Sport for Health Award winner is confirmation and recognition of our team’s work and use of sport to achieve social transformation.

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(Left to Right): Clark Carlisle, David Cohen, and Khalida Popal. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19: Beyond Sport Awards 2016 at Here East Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on October 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)

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“It was an incredible day for our organization. We are proud to join the Beyond Sport portfolio as this year’s winner of the Sport for Health Award. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted organizations and to our amazing team of game changers who make a difference every day. Thank you to all of our partners, supporters, and most of all Doc Wayne youth who inspire us each and every day.” Rebekah Roulier, LMHC – COO

ABOUT DOC WAYNE: Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Boston with a mission to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. Utilizing the organization’s sports-based therapeutic curriculum, which derives from DBT, Doc Wayne offers inclusive, accessible, and engaging clinical programming. Programming includes a competitive and therapeutic league as well as the award winning Chalk Talk®, a mobile insurance reimbursable outpatient sport-based group therapy program.

ABOUT BEYOND SPORT: Beyond Sport, a global organization with a mission to promote, support, and celebrate the use of sport in order to address social issues in communities around the world, considered over 2,150 entries from 145 countries for their prestigious awards in 2016.

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us on Twitter @DocWayneDtG.

Doc Wayne Tees off at Key Golf Tournament

20 Sep

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David Cohen, Doc Wayne CEO, participating in the Golf Tournament

On Monday September 12, 2016 members from Doc Wayne Youth Services participated in the Key Program, Inc./ Rodman Ride for Kids 15th Annual Golf Tournament. The Key Program/ Rodman Ride for Kids Golf Tournament is an 18 hole charity golf event held at the Fall River Country Club in Fall River, MA. The proceeds go towards the Rodman Ride for the Kids.

There were over 100 participants taking part in this event. Doc Wayne had two teams of 4 playing in the tournament. The first team was made up of CEO David Cohen, Board Chair Chris Ernest, Development Committee member Reed Bundy and Craig Wolgast who is a friend of Doc Wayne. The second team was made up of Board Member Travis Hall and three members from his network Melissa Sommer, Brett Mirliani, and Dorothy Zahir. Development Coordinator Katie Ardrey participated by riding around in the golf cart and taking pictures of the event. The two teams had fun competing with each other despite losing a couple of golf balls in the water. David Cohen’s team finished 3 over par while Travis Hall’s team finished 2 under par. Hall’s team also finished 4th in the entire event. Melissa Sommer won a prize for the longest shot of the day by a female golfer!

The Golf Tournament was a successful event filled with fun, laughter, and fundraising for the Rodman Ride for Kids. After the golf tournament a luncheon took place, which included a raffle and auction.

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Reed Bundy, Doc Wayne Development Committee, member takes a swing.

Unfortunately the members from Doc Wayne were outbid in the auction. However, Katie won a $50 Chili’s gift card from the raffle! All fees that were paid for our Doc Wayne members to participate in this event are going directly towards Doc Wayne’s fundraising goal for the Rodman Ride for the Kids. Members from Doc Wayne are participating in the Rodman Ride for Kids which is taking place on September 24th, 2016. There is no overhead charge at the Rodman Ride for the Kids so Doc Wayne will keep an additional 5% of the funds we raise from this event to support our mission. 

If you would like to further support Doc Wayne’s efforts in the Rodman Ride for Kids please click here: CEO David Cohen’s page

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us @DocWayneDtG.

Doc Wayne Youth Take In New England Revolution Game

11 Jul

Balmy summer nights were made for soccer under the lights. And that’s exactly what Doc Wayne youth got on Wednesday evening as they took in their first professional soccer game, courtesy of the New England Revolution. Th2df4211a-3425-4bde-9c38-eee3bca632ece team was generous enough to donate a small section of tickets to Doc Wayne to give participating youth an extraordinary soccer experience. Youth from the Italian Home for Children and the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network travelled to Gillette Stadium and met up with Doc Wayne staff to watch the Revs take on New York City FC.

The game was low on goals but the boys and girls remained glued to the action even as the clock wound down. The group’s curiosity was evident, asking questions about each team’s colors, the meaning of a yellow card, and how much time the Revs had left to score. 

It was a magical night out for Doc Wayne youth. They deepened their soccer knowledge, spent time with mentors, and felt the excitement of attending a pro sporting event. Thank you to the New England Revolution for their generosity and look forward to partnering in the future.

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Boston Celtic RJ Hunter Inspires Doc Wayne Youth

16 May

This past March, a group of middle and high school students from Doc Wayne were invited to participate in a fun-filled afternoon at Sky Zone-Danvers hosted by Boston Celtics guard, RJ Hunter. Hunter was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and has been playing with the team since July when he signed his contract. On March 8th, the Doc Wayne youth arrived at Sky Zone where RJ Hunter and the Celtics staff arranged a special evening designed just for them.

The evening consisted of students participating in structured and unstructured games on the trampolines. After that, the Doc Wayne youth then had a chance to talk with and learn froBAB_4773.JPGm RJ over a pizza party. Rebekah Roulier, Doc Wayne’s Associate Director, reflected on the evening by expressing, “The evening was full of the joy and happiness of just being a kid and many youth were encouraged and inspired by conversations with RJ. For our Doc Wayne youth, these moments are invaluable.”


Our Clinical Director, Jonathan Baum also reflected on the event by stating, “It was a once in a lifetime experience for a group of kids that would likely never get this type of opportunity. Not only was it a fun event, but RJ Hunter is clearly a good person. He was great with the kids and was genuinely interested in them. He was not doing this for the publicity, but out of kindness. RJ is a great role model and doing this for the kids will definitely have a lasting impact.”

One of Doc Wayne’s Executive Director’s favorite moments from the event was an impact RJ had on a specific individual. David Cohen described this individual as “aBAB_4823 young boy who struggles daily and initially, at Sky Zone, was not participating…..until he had a chance to speak with RJ.  The young boy expressed how RJ made him realize how great being an athlete really was and to always be humble. Even though he was originally hesitant towards participating, after speaking with RJ, his feelings immediately changed and he felt that his time with RJ changed his life.”

The Doc Wayne team cannot express enough, how grateful we are for everything RJ and the Boston Celtics staff did for our youth. It was an incredible evening and something our youth will not forget. Doc Wayne’s staff and youth had an amazing time throughout the day and truly appreciate all that the Celtics have done. Doc Wayne will always be a supporter of RJ and the rest of the Boston Celtics!

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG.

Doc Wayne Levels the Playing Field

5 May

After a long year of preparation the big day finally arrived! On April 1, 2016 Doc Wayne hosted our inaugural conference, Leveling the Playing Field. The goal of the conference was for leaders from sports, mental health, and social justice to join together and learn about the work of like-minded individuals and nonprofits, exchange ideas, and explore ways to work together to strengthen the communities we serve.

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The conference took place at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and over one hundred and fifty attendants came out to work together and join the conversation on how we can all become game changers. Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey started the day off as our keynote speaker, with a heartening speech about her belief in the power of sports and her strong support of Doc Wayne’s efforts to assist youth. In her opening speech, the Attorney General emphasized, “I believe in the power of sports to overcome violence, build skills, and bring people together.”

The day then continued on with food, fun, and our photo booth! Two panel discussion sessions were held throughout the day with numerous guest speakers weighing in on topics that included: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Violence, and Mental Illness through Innovation and Game Changing Innovations.

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The first panel was moderated by WBUR’s Deborah Becker and included representatives from Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Boston Public Health Commission, New England Community Services, Inc., and Fallon Community Health Plan. The panelists discussed innovative ways we can break the cycle of poverty, violence, and mental illness.

Doc Wayne’s very own Rebekah Roulier joined the second panel discussion with various other game changing innovators. Fred Mann, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation moderated the panel, while guest speakers discussed ways to positively impact youth and reach the goals of the organizations they represent. The representatives on the panel included: Matt Meyersohn from Sports Partnerships at U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Rebekah Roulier from Doc Wayne Youth Services, Marquis Taylor from Coaching4Change, Nikki Valila from My Life My Choice and the Co-founder of Grassroot Soccer, Ethan Zohn represented his organization. The discussion emphasized what we can achieve even with the barriers in our way.

The goals of the conference, were for the participants to exchange ideas, and explore ways to work together to strengthen the communities they serve. Leveling the Playing Field

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Members of Doc Wayne’s team

achieved just that. Doc Wayne’s Executive Director, David Cohen’s dream is to see practitioners, local leaders and philanthropists working together to create a continuum of care for our youth (read more). We could not have been happier with how the day went and we have great appreciation for everyone who was in attendance and helped make this event happen. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and determination of the Doc Wayne team and our event sponsors. We cannot wait until next year’s Leveling the Playing Field conference. #BeAGameChanger2016! 

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My Experience of the Power of Kids: Bella Vidaña

22 Apr

In February, I began as a Non-Profit Management Intern for Doc Wayne and was more than pleased to know I would be learning about the behind-the-scenes operations that go on into a non-profit organization, considering it is my dream to one day create my own non-profit organization. I also appreciated Doc Wayne’s impactful work providing sport-based group therapy to at-risk youth and valued the fact that I could contribute to the positive influence Doc Wayne was having on the children and families in our Boston community. Well, at least I thought I knew and appreciated the impact of the organization. ©AD.7679.0141

A few weeks into my internship, my supervisor Rebekah Roulier, asked if I would be interested in helping facilitate their newest Global Life Empowerment (GLE) endeavor, a program in partnership with UNICEF Kid Power, a four-week program where the philosophy and mission is to “Get Active. Save Lives.” Through being active, learning about global issues, and earning Kid Power Points, the youth at Doc Wayne would unlock therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished African children. I was instantly attracted to the concept of Kid Power, especially since I realized the work we would be doing here at Doc Wayne with our kids through this program would be helping kids globally, specifically in Africa. So, I said yes.

It was not until my first GLE session at the Tierney Learning Center in South Boston that I actually understood and saw the powerful impact Doc Wayne had upon their youth participants. Like I said before, I thought I knew. But until I put myself in front of those kids, interacted with them, and learned to appreciate them and all they had to offer the world, and me, I finally “really” knew.

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Doc Wayne Associate Director Rebekah Roulier with Kid Power Participant

In the hours that led up to my first GLE session, my nervousness stemmed from the worry that the kids would not connect with me. Considering I have worked with a number of populations in past experiences, including kids, I am not sure why I was feeling this worry. I think it was because I wanted to be the best leader I could be for them. I wanted to be someone they could trust, rely on, and feel comfortable being around. I wanted to be someone they could look up to. That worry went away once I stepped into the building, saw the kids laughing and running around, and realized that this wasn’t about me. It was about them. And then I was okay. I felt content in my ability, and my co-facilitator’s ability (Aymée, a Clinical Game Changer). I was confidant that we would be for them exactly what they needed; adults who believed in them. From that point on, every Thursday for the next four weeks, it worked.

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Doc Wayne Clinical Game Changer Aymee Suarez with Kid Power Participant

I have found a specific gratitude towards the GLE program, given that it brought me to the most precious piece of Doc Wayne, the kids. The Global Life Empowerment program “further assists participants in embedding the do the good® curriculum in their lives.” It seeks to empower youth by providing them with service opportunities in order to give back to their community and develop compassion, love and responsibility. Having been involved in many service trips myself, both domestically and internationally; I understand the supremacy of helping and sharing my love with others through service. There is something to be said in the way people, whether young or old, so freely give of themselves solely for the purpose of making others smile. I believe that is the mindset GLE has brought to its youth and I am proud I could both witness and be apart of this “giving” mindset.

Do the good,

Bella

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

Reflections from the Team: Nina, Ruthie & Lauren

28 Sep

Working at Doc Wayne certainly has its perks. To lighten up our Monday morning, our supervisor, Rebekah Roulier, suggested that we meet at Pavement Coffeehouse, located just a few blocks from the Doc Wayne offices. We sipped lattes and cappuccinos and our creative juices flowed.

Lauren,Nina,Ruthie Selfie 2As we all worked on individual projects, we discussed how we all came to work at Doc Wayne, and what working here means to us so far. Nina, Doc Wayne’s Office Assistant, has been with Doc Wayne since August. Although she has only been with Doc Wayne for a few weeks, she says she enjoys working with Doc Wayne because “the work that I’m doing helps the clinical team more efficiently serve our youth.  Also, I love advocating for the reduction of mental health stigmas.”

When Lauren, a Sports Management intern, thought about what Doc Wayne means to her she said that “working means opportunity. So far my experiences have been extremely beneficial and rewarding. Having the chance to make a difference in another individual’s life is one of the most incredible feelings. I have always been extremely passionate about working with youth, and sport has always been a major aspect of my life. At Doc Wayne, I get best of both worlds.”

Ruthie, a Communications CO-OP, has been with Doc Wayne since September 2014. When asked what Doc Wayne means to her, she reflected that “I love working for Doc Wayne because it allows me to give back to the Boston community that welcomed me when I moved here. I also love working for and with kids because they’re our future. We have to give them the tools that help them be the best people they can be.”

Thinking about this question further, the three of us all agreed that even on each of our first days of work, we felt that we were part of a tight-knit family. From the clinical interns, to the sports management team, to the marketing interns, all of us are working together for one beautiful goal – changing the lives of Doc Wayne’s kids for the better.

Lauren MacDonald is senior at Endicott College majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Psychology. Her hobbies include playing in an intramural sports league, hiking, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Ruthie Lynes is a senior at Northeastern University majoring in Communications and minoring in History. She loves camping, hiking, rock climbing, and reading classic novels.

Nina Mitukiewicz just graduated from Clark University in Worcester with B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. Nina is an avid photographer, reader, and tea enthusiast.

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