For over 60 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have done whatever it takes to meet the needs of young people and their families. We are unwavering in our commitment to the next generation of youth and putting them on the path to Great Futures.
Our community has an urgent need for mental health services. As we work to recover from the long-term effects of COVID, this is especially true for youth. Poor mental health can affect all areas of life well into adulthood. The adolescent years provide a critical window in which strong mental health can be promoted, problems can be addressed, and good habits can be developed.
Youth mental health has never been more important and we are working diligently to help address this deficit with new mental health and counseling services in our Clubs.
SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE CLUB
Through strategic partnerships with the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services, Nevada Division of Child & Family Services, Nevada Department of Education, Clark County and UNLV, licensed therapists are available on-site at our Clubs. These mental health professionals work in tandem with Club staff to offer trauma-informed care and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) sessions to youth.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING & COUNSELING SERVICES
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Social Emotional Learning is a framework designed to develop critical skills for interacting with others, managing emotions, and self-regulation, effectively preparing youth to thrive despite adversity.
Designed for both prevention and early intervention in youth 1st to 12th grade, programs are applicable to a broad range of children (typically developing, behaviorally challenged, high functioning). Sessions are strategically co-facilitated by licensed clinicians and Boys & Girls Club Staff (Youth Development Professionals).
• Delivered via group therapy sessions
• Builds emotional awareness of themselves and others
• Creates healthy emotion management strategies (as alternatives to risky behaviors)
• After each session, families receive summaries with skills learned and tips to reinforce skills and provide support at home
INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO DELIVERY
• Youth are familiar with Club Staff and already feel safe; this increases engagement and expedites kids’ willingness to communicate freely
• Kids practice skills during regular Club programming; Club Staff provide verbal redirection, encouragement and praise to reinforce skills learned
• Staff learn therapeutic techniques directly from licensed mental health clinicians, encouraging further development in mental health fields (counseling, psychology, education, social work, etc.)
GRADUATE STUDENT INTEGRATION
• Strategically placed in Clubs, students observe and guide Staff in addressing challenging behaviors
• Students co-facilitate group sessions and parent workshops
PROVIDING ACCESS TO CARE WHERE AND WHEN FAMILIES NEED IT MOST
• Group Sessions identify candidates for Individual and Family Counseling needs
• Workshops and Family Counseling available during daytime, evenings, and Saturdays for working parents
By providing these services in Clubs, our community has broader access to mental health services, and caregivers avoid the challenges of time and transportation for appointments.
With 13 Clubs across the Las Vegas Valley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada makes after-school easy, convenient and fun for kids and teens.