Tag Archives: Social Change

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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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.




David Cohen’s pitch at Root Cause Showcase




Doc Wayne staff and board members


Roulier to Participate in Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

18 Feb

Muhammad Ali CenterDoc Wayne’s General Manager Rebekah Roulier, Ed.M. will present A Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment of an Adjunctive Intervention for Youth in Residential Treatment at the Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum. The Forum will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center (http://alicenter.org) in Louisville, Kentucky on March 29th and 30th. 

The Forum seeks to “advance education, advocacy and research on the role and contribution of athletes toward and within social change, human rights and development. What does it mean for athletes to engage in social change, philanthropy and work within the community? The Forum aims to examine and provide diverse perspectives in the intersection of athletes and social change and represents a partnership between the Muhammad Ali Center, the University of Louisville and Brown University.”

About the Muhammad Ali Center:

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. 

About Doc Wayne:

Doc Wayne is a Boston, MA non-profit that utilizes sport and its do the good sports-based therapeutic curriculum, derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and The ARC Framework to connect with at-risk youth who have faced many challenges in their young lives.  Through their program, youth learn to perceive the world as less threatening and their ability to interact with their environment becomes more empowered and they gain greater self-esteem.

For more information on the Forum visit: http://alicenter.org/calendar/event/200

To contact Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.org) please email info@docwayne.org.