ANNUAL REPORT 2015 WOODBOURNE CENTER YOUTH AND FAMILY SOLUTIONS Giving Youth New Tools A FAMILY MEMBER Focused activities can help address concentration issues that arise from trauma. At Woodbourne Center, Science Teacher Mark Nostrant set up a chess club, and students enjoy the strategy and competition of the game. But, more importantly, students are showing a marked improvement in social relationships and a growth in logical and critical thinking, as well as focus and self-calming. 8 When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be... ...a truck driver. ...a forensic scientist. ...a veterinarian. ...a motivational speaker. ...a meteorologist. These are the real dreams of kids at Nexus. You’ll see more of their dreams throughout this report. But what happens to those dreams when they are broken by family violence, drugs, parental death, imprisonment, gang violence, neglect, abuse, and other issues beyond a child’s control? Then, the dreams become heart-wrenching, tapping into things many of us are lucky to take for granted: personal safety, a sense of belonging, freedom to play, an education, and a family that can meet their needs. Mending Dreams At Woodbourne Center, we believe in the inherent goodness and potential of every child, no matter what challenges they have faced. These aren’t “bad” kids. When they cry, tune out, withdraw, refuse to eat or act out against others, we recognize that the behavior is a result of the trauma they have experienced. These kids need the kind of care and understanding that few in our society are willing to offer. We help kids and families grow stronger and develop the tools they need to understand and manage their emotions, physically and emotionally adapt to stress, develop trust and security, and adjust to life’s changes. Nexus supports kids, families and communities, creating a brighter future for us all. *Names and details changed to protect client confidentiality.
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