In partnership with local organization Kids in Crisis, BGCG received a grant from Impact Fairfield County resulting in a program called ClubTalk that places a Masters Level Social Worker on site at the Club. This initiative is an opportunity to improve the lives of our youth and their families with issues that arise that impact the health and well-being of our members.
Impact Fairfield County, an all-women’s giving circle founded in Greenwich that provides “transformational grants” to nonprofits, for the first time is giving a grant to a town agency.
Kids in Crisis received one of Impact’s two $100,000 grants for 2019, which it will use to form a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. The resulting program, called KidTalk, will place a clinician on site at the club for 25 hours a week to help with mental health issues.
This program is an opportunity to improve the lives of our youth and their families and to improve the quality of the experience to the Clubhouse for the over 340+ youth who call us their “home away from home.” The ClubTalk Counselor will be present daily at the Club and available as needed to assist staff, youth and their families with issues that arise that impact the health and well-being of BGCG members.
Services will include:
- One on one counseling to kids struggling with anxiety, depression, bullying, family conflict, academic issues, grief/loss, substance abuse issues, abuse/neglect, justice involvement and lack of basic needs.
- Confidential family counseling as needed.
- Collaboration with BGCG staff to support efforts to strengthen our ability to support our youth through developing strategies for consistent, effective approaches.
- 24-hour support to kids/families through KIC’s Crisis Helpline.
- Age-appropriate group opportunities for youth ranging from bullying prevention, support groups and other topics as necessary.