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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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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.