Successful School Partnership Celebrated at YFT Fun Day

Successful School Partnership Celebrated at YFT Fun Day

Youth For Tomorrow recently hosted a Fun Day for children from Prince William County Schools who participated in a Summer Therapeutic Day Treatment program at Dale City Elementary School. More than 50 children and many family members enjoyed a morning full of games and a picnic, the culmination of the 8-week program provided by YFT specialists who also worked with the children the previous school year.

Prince William County Schools and YFT implemented a pilot program during the 2012-13 school year that brought YFT specialists into three elementary, two middle and one county high school to provide in-school service to children who qualified for therapeutic care.

YFT's External Programs Director Raheem Turane worked closely with Prince William County Schools staff to implement the pilot program that provides  mental health services to youth in schools who are experiencing emotional challenges i.e. negative peer pressure, substance abuse, delinquency, suicidal ideation and violence. Standing with his staff and county officials at Fun Day he spoke with emotion. "I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year. Next year will be even better!" he stated.

Foosball is the game of choice for Raheem Turane, YFT's Director of External Programs, and students.

Prince William County Schools Director of Special Services Carolyn Custard was present for part of the activities. She commented about the success of the pilot program, "We love working with Youth For Tomorrow. The program has had a positive impact on students, families, teachers and social workers."  She also commended the Summer Program adding, "The children had something positive to do where academics were emphasized through games and other fun ways to learn." She expressed her full support for the expansion of the program to 15 schools this year. Also present was Dale City Elementary School Principal Cindy Crowe-Miller who echoed her support for the program and the services provided by YFT.

YFT Behavioral Specialist Janetta Olivella (L)and Prince William County Schools Director of Special Services Carolyn Custard observe students playing a game.

Rising New Directions sophomore D'avion Smith said, "Even the games we play have lessons to be learned - like self-control and anger management. I am learning to think before I act." He also expressed a personal goal for the new school year of being able to enter Potomac, his designated high school.  Dasha Smith was enthusiastic about the progress her son D'avion had made in the program. "He was withdrawn, had problems expressing himself. As a participant in the program he has opened up. My child has returned, and it has affected the entire family in a positive way," she commented.

YFT Specialist Charlene Williams and student  intently work on their projects.

Youth For Tomorrow has a highly enviable 28-year reputation of providing outstanding therapeutic services to residential students from throughout the region on its 215-acre campus in Bristow. In 2012, YFT chose to reach out to offer the same services provided by their highly-skilled, board certified therapists and counselors to families and children in surrounding communities. The pilot program with Prince William County Schools and the opening of a satellite counseling center in Woodbridge have both proved to be beneficial to the community. The Crisis Intervention Services Center, funded by a grant from Potomac Health Foundation, has provided behavioral health services to more than 500 families and individuals at the Woodbridge location since opening in February, 2012.

To learn about external programs and services provided by YFT go to Behavioral-Health-Services  To schedule an appointment call 703-659-9900.

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