Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington State (BGCWA) has developed and completed the first year of a three-year pilot program to provide behavioral health staff support and trauma-informed training within their Clubs in partnership with WA state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, PAXIS Institute and the Norcliffe Foundation.
In the first year, the pilot has created positive impacts on the behavioral health of youth and teens across Washington state. These impacts were achieved through the utilization of three main strategies:
– a full-time Behavioral Health Specialist for each of our 14 Club organizations;
– youth-facing staff trained in an evidence based, trauma-informed care approach;
– implementation of a social and emotional learning curriculum within each Club organization.
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