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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.

Tips for a Successful Internship

27 Oct

At Doc Wayne Youth Services, interns play a variety of important roles on our team. Doc Wayne interns past and present put together a helpful tip sheet to share with others as they navigate their new and exciting experiences.

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In this day and age, it seems as if internships are necessary in order to secure jobs upon graduating from college. Students are moving towards entering their chosen work fields early to gain experience. In fact, many schools require students to complete at least one internship before graduation. Although this may seem daunting to young college students, here are a few tips for a successful internship.

  • Research the company or organization before you step foot in the office.  Not only will this help you transition more quickly, but your co-workers will be pleased that you are invested in your work and know what the organization is all about.
  • Be Professional. Always act in a professional manner while at your internship. Follow the dress code and always complete tasks assigned to you. By practicing professionalism during your internship, you will form strong work habits for future jobs.
  • It is okay to make a mistake. Do not be afraid to make a mistake. Always do your best, but mistakes are bound to happen while you are learning. If you make a mistake, use it as an opportunity to learn from it.  

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    Doc Wayne Clinical and Non-Profit Management Interns: Fall 2015

  • Ask questions.  If you are confused about a project, email, meeting, etc. ask someone for help. It is better to reach out and have your question answered. If there is a meeting you want to attend or a project you want to work on, speak up and ask your supervisor.  Remember you are an intern. You are there to learn and are not expected to know everything. 
  • Be willing to learn new things. Internships are learning opportunities to help you further develop skills and prepare for future jobs. If you are interested in learning about a new program on the computer or trying something new, ask your supervisor. Be proactive and see if your supervisor needs help with a project. Your supervisors are there to help you learn, so make the most of your internship.
  • Get to know your co-workers.  Even though you are only working for the length of an internship, you have plenty of time to get to know the people working around you. Eat lunch with them. Ask questions about their careers. You can learn from people’s experiences and form strong connections that will help you network going forward.
  • Record all of the work that you complete.  Chances are that you will be doing a lot of different projects throughout the internship, so make a document to keep track of everything.  That way, if a future employer asks what your internship entailed, you will be able to give them specific examples.
  • Make the most out of your internship. This is a learning experience for you to develop a better understanding of your field. Don’t be afraid to speak up in meetings if you have an idea or ask questions if you are unclear of something. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given. You never know how it could help you in the future.
  • Tim McGraw said it perfectly… Always stay humble and kind.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.  This is probably the easiest tip, but also one of the most important.

And finally, remember that this is just an internship. It is not the only job that you will have in your lifetime.  Give the internship your full effort for however long you are placed. At the end of your experience, reflect on the positives and negatives, so that the next internship/ job you have will be even more aligned with your interests.

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit www.docwayne.org or follow us @DocWayneDtG. To inquire about our internship program contact Rebekah Roulier at hr@docwayne.org.

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 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.

 

Mentoring through the eyes of Doc Wayne

15 Jan

Post Written By: Deirdre Roberts, Marketing & Communications Intern

The month of January marks National Mentoring Month (NMM) across the country, giving people the opportunity to celebrate mentors and the passionate work that they do. NMM was established in 2002 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.

The goals of National Mentoring Month are to raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms, recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people, and promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.

Here at Doc Wayne (http://www.docwayne.org/) our mission is to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen at risk youth. Associate Director, Rebekah Roulier believes that, “in our work at Doc Wayne, we have the incredible opportunity to show a child we believe in them 100% and help them feel they belong to a team, are supported, and can utilize our staff’s guidance to find their positive path in life.” Rebekah has had numer10014731_10152201110303197_6835009214685178852_oous mentors on and off the field that helped her learn skills, but what was most impactful to her life were the mentors that taught her to focus on the broader more important goal of developing her leadership. Here you can see a mentor/mentee relationship of Rebekah’s that positively influenced her career.

Various members of the Doc Wayne team have reflected on the positive effects their mentors have had on their lives and what mentoring means to them.

Executive Director, David Cohen remembers his private school soccer coach who still acts a mentor to him today, “he instilled in me the importance of commitment, respect, confidence and the need to be involved with things I am passionate about.”

Megan Willette, Clinical Manager-Boston reflected on the mentors she had growing up, who gave her validation and guidance when she was at certain crossroads. And now as a mentor today Megan explains that, “I believe in mentoring because it has a profound impact on people in both the micro and macro worlds. Mentoring creates bonds and makes it possible to mold minds. At Doc Wayne we intentionally form this relationship on the micro level with every group…If there is a lot of trust in a relationship it is going to be a healthy one, which is the foundation of mentorship. At Doc Wayne we continue to build up, knowing that every mind matters.”

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Why do we believe in the importance of mentoring at Doc Wayne? That can be explained by Clinical Director, Jonathan Baum, “I believe in mentoring because positive relationships and attachments are the key to leading a happy and successful life. One person can make all the difference.”

How to get involved in National Mentoring Month? Visit National Mentoring Month and also join in on International Mentoring Day January 17, and if there is a mentor who positively influenced your life, whether it was a former coach or teacher, be sure to thank them on Thank Your Mentor Day, January 21.

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

Doc Wayne Youth Celebrate Earth Day by Giving Back

30 Apr

Doc Wayne Global Life Empowerment youth participated in a week long celebration of Earth Day and gave back to the community of South Boston. Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program, Global Life Empowerment helps Doc Wayne participants stretch to a new level of competence and readiness in skills essential to their educational, clinical, vocational, and social functioning.

In a series of projects initiated and planned by youth, Earth Day was celebrated over the course of a week by joining in on activities at the Franklin Park Zoo, completing a community clean up, and serving as volunteers for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Charles River/Muddy River Clean Up.

A closing celebration was held at the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center to recognize the efforts of youth and staff involved in this week of service.

Thank you to our many partners including the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center, the Franklin Park Zoo, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Beacon Communities, and D’Angelos.

A special thanks to Jose Sotz, Tyler Germond and Kristian Jones for supporting Doc Wayne youth throughout the project. For more information on Doc Wayne Youth Services, please visit www.docwayne.org, contact us at info@docwayne.org, or follow us on Twitter @DocWayneDtG.

Jr. Celtics Clinic A Huge Hit For Doc Wayne Youth

3 Feb

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Saturday was an exciting day for many Doc Wayne Chalk Talk participants! Close to forty youth from the Tierney Learning Center in South Boston and from the Framingham Housing Authority spent the day with Celtics players Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton. The Junior Celtics Program, a community outreach initiative presented by New England Baptist Hospital in partnership with the Boston Celtics, gave underprivileged youth the chance of a lifetime, while also teaching leadership and basketball skills. To top off an amazing day, Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton presented one lucky Doc Wayne youth with a signed basketball! Doc Wayne’s Chalk Talk participants are excited for the month ahead when they will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and athletic abilities. Thank you to the Boston Celtics and New England Baptist Hospital and also to FoodieCafe for providing our Framingham youth with dinner!

Having a great time!

Having a great time!

Doc Wayne Coaches!

Doc Wayne Coaches!

Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton give away an autographed basketball to a Doc Wayne youth!

Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton present an autographed basketball to a Doc Wayne youth!