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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.

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! 

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

 

Doc Wayne Youth Ready for Winter Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation

22 Jan

The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping and the anticipation of winter is over! Winter has arrived. Lucky enough for the team here at Doc Wayne we know our kids will be extra warm this winter thanks to the Highland Street Foundation.

The Highland Street Foundation is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families in Massachusetts and California. The Foundation directs their efforts to providing access and opportunities in the areas of education, housing, mentorship, health care, environment and the arts.  The Highland Street Foundation has contributed more than $165 million to non-profit organizations since its establishment in 1989.

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Doc Wayne kids showing off their new coats

Our mission at Doc Wayne is to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth and our goal is to help young people find their positive path and become responsible contributing members of society. Our relationship with the Highland Street Foundation, who shares similar goals and values as Doc Wayne began in July 2015, when the organization was selected to receive a Community Impact Consultant.

Recently Doc Wayne received a call from the Highland Street Foundation offering to donate winter coats to our youth. We are extremely appreciative of this generous donation. With 85 brand new jackets and smiles, Doc Wayne youth are ready for whatever winter has in store!

To learn more about The Highland Street Foundation visit: http://www.highlandstreet.org

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

 

Executive Director Delivers Powerful Pitch at Root Cause’s Social Innovator Showcase

16 May

Doc Wayne has experienced an exciting few months since being welcomed by Root Cause as a Social Innovator for “Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services.” Doc Wayne’s Executive Director, David S. Cohen, has worked tirelessly to prepare for the Social Innovator Showcase held on May 7th, 2014. With the assistance of the amazing team at Root Cause, David was poised to deliver a pitch he hopes will resonate with over 300 government, business and philanthropic leaders from Greater Boston in attendance. Doc Wayne aims to reach thousands of children and families in need of services and support in the coming years! You can watch David’s pitch that recounts a powerful story of youth transformation below. For more information on Doc Wayne please visit http://www.docwayne.org or contact us at info@docwayne.org.

 

 

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David Cohen’s pitch at Root Cause Showcase

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Doc Wayne staff and board members

Softball Season in Full Swing

6 Aug

Doc Wayne’s softball programming is deep into the summer season. Players and coaches have been “Playing to the Whistle” all season working on both their athletic and do the good® skills. A season within the Therapeutic Sports Program, softball is played in addition to soccer, basketball, and flag football.

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For more information on Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org or watch the video below:

Doc Wayne Youth Serve Local Communities

21 Jun

Doc Wayne Youth and Doc Wayne GM Rebekah Roulier planting tree

Doc Wayne Youth and Doc Wayne GM Rebekah Roulier planting tree

Doc Wayne Youth Teaching Basketball Skills at Assisted Living Residence

Doc Wayne Youth Teaching Basketball Skills at Assisted Living Residence

Recently, two Doc Wayne participating programs completed service projects within their communities. Projects included visiting an Assisted Living Residence in Greater Boston to help residents learn the basics of basketball and a tree planting project in the Worcester area. All projects were selected by the youth involved in Doc Wayne’s Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program.

The Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program, supported by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, helps Doc Wayne participants stretch to a new level of competence and readiness in skills essential to their educational, clinical, vocational, and social functioning. The GLE component further assists participants in embedding the do the good curriculum in their lives by involving them in active management and shaping of the program.

For more information on Doc Wayne Youth Services please email info@docwayne.org or visit http://www.docwayne.org.