From Campus to the Football Field: Going the Extra Mile to Mentor Youth
Every Saturday during football season, Iverson, a 14-year-old youth resident in Gateway’s Witham Cottage, takes the important lessons he’s learned from his mentor, Adam, and passes them on to a team of young boys not much younger than him. He is confident, encouraging and uplifting.
Iverson earned the privilege to participate as an intern football coach alongside his residential counselor Adam, who volunteers as a coach for a local little league team. As part of his coaching duties, Iverson lines the team up at practice, pumps them up before a game, helps to coach the special teams unit, and even offers his own words of advice to the young team.
“Through coaching, Iverson isn’t only teaching – he is learning honesty, responsibility, accountability, and how to be a man at a young age,” Adam said. “He tells the kids to never give up, even when times are tough.”
Adam has seen tremendous improvement in Iverson since starting the program. And, by going above and beyond his work at Gateway, he is making a positive impact in the life of this young man. As this football season comes to a close, Adam is already looking for his next opportunity to engage Iverson in the community.
Are you interested in shaping your community by mentoring youth? Let us know! Whether it’s an hour per week, or once a month, Gateway has countless opportunities to inspire children who need it most. Contact us to discuss the options available.
Thank YOU for giving over $25,000!
On Saturday, October 17, hundreds of runners, walkers, families, and friends came together at the 7th Annual Pumpkin Run 5k & Fun Walk in support of a brighter community for all. Together, $25,000 was comitted to support the children and families we serve. Thank you, WNY!
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Becoming a Regional Champion for Solution-Focused Trauma Informed Care
In a statewide effort to enhance outcomes for children within the family court system, the NYS Child Welfare Court Improvement Project and NYS Office of Children and Family Services will devote their two-day annual conference and regional meeting to training judicial officials in practices of Solution-Focused Trauma-Informed Care.
Michelle Federowicz, MSW, Vice President for Foster Care and Preventive Services at Gateway Longview (pictured), was selected to join discussions as the sole agency representative for the Erie County Team.
The Solution-Focused Trauma-Informed Care approach shifts perspective away from traditional problem-solving techniques and focuses on building up identified strengths of each individual child and family.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent the many wonderful agencies in Erie County during this training program,” said Federowicz. “At Gateway, we have seen first-hand how Solution-Focused Trauma-Informed Care practices highlight each family’s unique strengths, encouraging them to be part of the solution for a number of challenges faced. When you empower and engage families in a partner relationship, the impact is remarkable.”
The 2015 conference, which takes place October 29-30 in Syracuse, NY, will be attended by statewide members of the family court system. Once trained, Federowicz will serve as a champion for the Solution-Focused Trauma-Informed Care initiative in Erie County, working with other child welfare agencies to integrate strategies in conjunction with the family court system.
The Solution-Focused Trauma-Informed Care model focuses on the value of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment in working to protect, give hope, and enrich the lives of the children and families we serve. More information about our 17 different support programs can be found throughout our website.
|Mission Partner Spotlight:
THANK YOU Ingram Micro!
Mission Partners donate their time and talents to address needs of children and families all year long. A shining example is Ingram Micro – who creates a visible impact and significant positive changes in our community.
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To talk about the best opportunity for your company’s goals in making a difference for children in our community, send us an email today!
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