Tag Archives: Germaine Lawrence

Youth-Led Holiday Gift Drive a Success

14 Jan

It was a great season of giving for our youth at Doc Wayne. As a part of our Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program (http://www.docwayne.org/what-we-do/GLE), the Pumas from Youth Villages at Germaine Lawrence Campus worked hard to give back to those in need this season. In their first annual Puma Gift Drive, they were able donate a plethora of items ranging from food, clothes, personal hygiene, baby supplies and more to help those at an emergency shelter at HarborCOV, a domestic violence agency in Chelsea. Not only did the Pumas capture the do the good spirit in this project, but they also made a difference in their community during the holiday season.

Take a look at their success! We look forward to more projects this coming year with the YV Pumas and our other GLE players!

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

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Doc Wayne Launches Global Life Empowerment Program

25 Feb

Brainstorming for Team Media Guide Project

Brainstorming for Team Media Guide Project

Doc Wayne recently launched its Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program with the support of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program. The purpose of this state-funded grant program is to enhance after-school and out-of-school time programs and services to improve the academic, physical, social, and emotional wellness of public and non-public school-age youth during the school year and the summer months.

Doc Wayne’s Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program enhancement, made possible through the ASOST-Q grant, 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 will further assist Doc Wayne youth in embedding our do the good curriculum in their lives by involving them in active management and shaping of the program. The GLE seeks to (1) empower youth by giving them a voice, (2) provide additional out of the classroom writing and alternative self-expression opportunities and (3) teach self-regulation, social skills, and help youth learn to advocate for themselves, their needs, and desires in appropriate ways. The participants work cooperatively as a team, guided by their coach, to produce an e-Journal sharing their responses to suggested changes, lessons learned, and group leadership activities experienced.

We are happy to report that the first Forum meeting was a great success with one youth sharing, “this was a great new way to connect with my team off the court” and another adding, “it was good to be apart of something positive with others.”

In addition to feedback from program participants, their coaches and mentors, Doc Wayne has been equipped with the APT-O (Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool-Observation), APT-Q (Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool-Questionnaire), and SAYO (Survey of Afterschool Youth Outcomes) to document the impact of the ASOST-Q grant on our youth served, educational facilities, and communities.

For more information on Doc Wayne’s Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program please contact Rebekah Roulier, Ed.M at rroulier@docwayne.org.

European Youth and Sport Forum 2012 Debriefing

21 Dec

To follow up on Rebekah’s post about Doc Wayne’s recognition at the European Youth and Sport Forum 2012 (EYSF 2012), I would like to take the opportunity to share my reflections and impressions about the event after returning home and digesting the experience. Although I am a new intern with Doc Wayne, circumstances were such that I had the privilege of representing the organization at this event held the last week of November in Larnaca, Cyprus. As Rebekah indicated, the forum was organized with the support of the European Commission and the European Youth Foundation as well as the International Sport and Culture Association (a global rather than Europe-wide organization) and the European Non-Governmental Sports Organization. Although such a laundry list of partners might seem a bit convoluted, it emphasizes the fact that a profound interest exists in sport-based youth development among a wide variety of influential, high-level stakeholders.

Looking back on an exciting week, I bring two main realizations home with me that should help “fill the tank” of Doc Wayners moving forward. Firstly, attending this forum emphasized the fact that Doc Wayne is in good global company when it comes to recognizing and acting on the the power of sport as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of young people. It was energizing to meet and interact with the representatives of diverse organizations from more than 20 countries including university ‘sport & development’ programs, non-profit and non-governmental organizations who are working in so many different ways to do their own good in diverse local and national contexts. While many of these groups and programs face the same practical challenges and limitations that Doc Wayne does, we should all take heart from understanding that belief in the power of sport and physical activity in contributing to the healthy, holistic development of young people has never been stronger or more widespread and that it is growing more so everyday.

Secondly, while we at Doc Wayne should internalize this sense of solidarity drawn from EYSF 2012, an even more relevant take-away should be confirmation of the unique and innovative contribution that Doc Wayne makes to sports-based youth development. As Rebekah has indicated, Doc Wayne’s “Do the Good” curriculum was short-listed among best practices from more than 60 different organizations represented at the forum. In point of fact, the “Do the Good” curriculum was, to the knowledge of the organizers, the first practice originating outside of Europe to ever be included in the best practice compilation in the 10 year history of the EYSF. In this sense, Doc Wayne is breaking new ground on far-off shores! Moreover, my discussions while at the forum about the work of Doc Wayne never failed to elicit responses of profound interest, admiration and respect even among other SBYD organization representatives.

To close, I wish there was a way to vicariously impart the energy I gained for our work and our cause while in Cyprus to everyone involved with Doc Wayne. However, it bares noting that no matter how nice best practice sharing and networking are, they are inconsequential when weighed against the tangible impact being had in gyms and on playing fields in the Doc Wayne network. Upon returning home from the forum, I went immediately to my first Doc Wayne training at Germaine Lawrence in Arlington. As the palm trees and press releases of Cyprus faded away, I realized that I have never been more satisfied to be in a low-key, unassuming gym because my travels half-way around the world have taught me that it is in such places that real change truly lives.

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do the good Basketball Training Photos

4 Dec

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Trivia

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“Circle Up”

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Active Training

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Kristen Rasmuseen, former WNBA and Doc Wayne Board Member

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Passing

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Veteran Coaches Basketball 2012-2013

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Doc Wayne at Providers’ Convention and Expo

30 Nov

Rebekah Conway Roulier, Ed.M. (General Manager, Doc Wayne) and Nikki Valila (Sexual Exploitation Coordinator, Youth Villages – Germaine Lawrence Campus and Doc Wayne Coach) presented a workshop at the 37th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo covering the use of sports in the group therapy setting to increase self-esteem, self concept, social awareness and to improve overall effective emotion management. Techniques from Doc Wayne’s sport-based do the good curriculum were taught.

For more information on Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org or visit www.docwayne.org 

Roulier and Valila to Present at Providers’ Council Convention and Expo

9 Oct

Doc Wayne’s General Manager, Rebekah Conway Roulier, Ed.M. and Youth Village’s Coach Nikki Valila will be presenting DBT: Sports in Behavioral Treatment of Youth at the Providers’ Council 37th Annual Convention & Expo: Caring It Forward on November, 28th.

DBT: Sports in Behavioral Treatment of Youth

  • Rebekah Conway Roulier, General Manager, Doc Wayne Athletic League
  • Nikki Valila, Sexual Exploitation Coordinator, Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus

The workshop will cover the use of sports in the group therapy setting to increase self-esteem, self-concept, social awareness and to improve overall effective emotion management. Techniques from Doc Wayne’s sport-based do the good curriculum will be taught.

To register for the conference and Doc Wayne’s afternoon workshop click here: http://secure.providers.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=453

For more information on Doc Wayne please visit www.docwayne.org or email info@docwayne.org.

Girls Summer Olympics Week #5 in Photos

14 Aug