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The true spirit of Philanthropy is alive and well in Central Arkansas! Our community came through in a big way to make Christmas special for our kiddos.
Centers has partnered with UAMS in becoming a certified trauma TF-CBT trained treatment facility by the end of April 2015. Trauma is the physical and emotional responses to events that threaten the life or physical integrity of a loved one.
Centers for Youth & Families was selected as an official partner of Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. Children served at the Youth Emergency Shelter and Therapeutic Transitional Living Center participated in a shoe shopping trip at a local Payless ShoeSource store. The children had an amazing time picking out their own pair of new shoes for free!
Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center is excited to announce expansion of water and land exercise offerings. You can check our monthly schedule of classes by following the Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center Facebook page or by checking the CFYF website.
Private and Group Swim Lessons started back up this month. Get a headstart on your swimming skills this winter in our heated pool.
Don’t Forget the BCSCC Ballroom makes a great venue for Wedding Receptions, Anniversary Parties, Sweet Sixteens, Quinceaneras and family reunions. We are currently booking for 2015. Call or stop by for rates and tour.
Benefits of Exercising as a Family
How to Teach Children Responsibility
Responsibility is the process of making choices and accepting the consequences of those choices. If the consequence is positive, then children have a good model for making a similar choice in the future. If the consequence is negative, then they know better how to choose next time and avoid the same consequences. Either way, they learn and grow.
What can we do to improve communication—specifically, with our children? Yes, communication is so very complicated and multi-faceted. The messages we communicate involve much more than just what we say to our children. In fact, every single message we send involves three channels: 1) words, 2) tone, and 3) body language (i.e., hand gestures, proximity, and facial expressions). When all three channels carry the same message, the communication is clear and powerful. The following strategies can help us build a set of foundational skills that model respect, encourage cooperation and support our children in solving problems.
The 24th Annual Centers Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Dover Dixon Horne, will be held on Monday, November 10th at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Due to severe storms the original date of October 13th was cancelled.
Centers’ Classic is a premier Central Arkansas golf tournament that will feature a full day of fun, food and fellowship with two 18 hole scrambles (4 man team), both morning and afternoon flights available. Thanks to your past support, this event has grown each year. Last year, we hosted the largest single shot gun start of any tournament held at PVCC, with over 180 golfers in attendance, raising $60,000 to benefit the children and families we serve. We’re excited to build on our success. It would be an honor to have your involvement in support of our kids.
For volunteer information, to register your 4 man team and/or reserve your hole sponsorship, call Chris Shenep in The Centers’ Foundation at (501) 666-9436 ext 3328.
Special thanks to tournament chairman Matt Buchanan and our many sponsors!
Little Rock Outpatient began a partnership with Little Rock Pediatric Clinic in September. A clinician will be in the Pediatric Clinic one day a week to provide mental health services onsite to their patients. This partnership is aimed at preparing the Centers and LR Pediatric for the integration of physical and behavioral health care services. The Centers and LR Pediatric Clinic are both very excited about this partnership.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital-Dental Outreach Clinic provided services for 32 clients at the Elizabeth Mitchell Adolescent Center and the Elizabeth Mitchell Children Center from July 28th through August 13th. Services provided included filling cavities, teeth extractions, teeth cleaning, sealants, root canals, etc. We are looking forward to the Dental Van returning to our campus next year! They have also agreed to enter a partnership with our Day Treatment Program and the Southeast Residential Center in Monticello.
EMAC and EMCC Classrooms received 20 iPads each complete with OTTER Boxes for instructional learning along with 7 additional iPads. They were provided through Title 1 Federal Funds and have been an excellent and enjoyable resource!
Therapeutic Family Homes Program has been conducting training on the impact of domestic violence entitled Silent Witness/Silent Victim. This training is made possible through a grant from Verizon Wireless. The training has been provided to therapeutic foster families, foster families, CASA volunteers and other interested community members on the impact of domestic violence on children and adolescents in foster care. Attendees are receiving practical information and skill based interventions to intervene with children and adolescent who are dealing with the impact of trauma (from domestic violence).
Therapeutic Family Homes Program recently received a specialized license through Child Welfare Licensing for Sexual Rehabilitative Program. Obtaining this specialized license further validates the work that we have been doing in the field with children and adolescents with sexual behavioral problems.
On September 16th youth in our emergency shelter and therapeutic transitional living began the GO! Families program. GO! Families is funded through Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. The 8 week program is a hands-on nutrition and fitness class where youth meet weekly to learn how to shop, prepare and eat healthy foods on a budget. They meet with professionals to interact and learn healthy habits to decrease the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic issues in the future and to enhance their social and emotional well being.