Through an innovative partnership with Old Mill Center for Children and Families, the Club has integrated positive behavioral health into all aspects of our youth development programs. Two Old Mill behavioral health staff members have been embedded in the Club for the last two years, providing on-site training for staff and help during behavioral interventions.
Old Mill staff shaped the Club’s policies and practices with a trauma-informed perspective that teaches us to ask not “what’s wrong with you?” but “what’s happened to you?” Old Mill staff have created positive changes for the kids and their families and have become mentors to our youth through our partnership. Members have learned collaborative problem solving and coping skills that they are able to use at home and at school. The partnership didn’t just reach kids. Old Mill staff also provided workshops for Club families every Monday evening so parents can learn the skills their children are learning, in addition to valuable parenting skills. Reaching parents and serving the whole family is a critical part of Old Mill Center’s service model. Together we are reaching more youth with a prevention message while taking a holistic approach to building positive futures. Collectively we are seeing fewer behavioral issues with our members and staff are more informed and sensitive to the needs of youth and families.