Boys & Girls Club adds mental health staff to provide support to members

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The Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County received a $20,000 grant to provide enhanced social-emotional learning and mental health support to club members. The grant was provided by the Community Foundation of Henderson County.

The club’s staff team now includes two licensed mental health care providers who can work with young people who are struggling on a daily basis. This team is also working with the Club’s youth development professionals to better support members with daily programming, according to a Boys and Girls Club press release.

“This grant allows us to empower the young people who need us most to grow positively and learn skills and strategies that build resilience,” said Executive Director Julia Hockenberry. “As children continue to recover from the challenges of the recent past, the need for these services has intensified.”

In 2021, the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Safety Innovation Award in recognition of their work in the area of ​​youth emotional safety.

Last year, the Club served 847 youth, ages 6 to 18, through year-round programs that promote academic success, healthy lifestyles and positive personal decision-making. For 29 years, an all-inclusive membership has cost families just $5 per child per year.

“We are truly grateful for the partnership of the Community Foundation of Henderson County and other community members who have invested in this initiative,” Hockenberry continued. “By ensuring our children receive the support and tools they need to overcome trauma, manage conflict, and build self-confidence, they improve their positive decision-making, healthy relationships, and academic endeavors. .”

The Community Foundation of Henderson County, founded in 1982, supports charitable programs in the greater Henderson County area.

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