We are honored to announce that, thanks to Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU), the WDRC’s Youth Program has been able to provide training to the youth and staff at the Ferndale Boys and Girls Club.
One of the services that the WDRC provides includes trainings and workshops for youth in schools. We serve grades K-12 in all seven school districts in Whatcom County, with workshops on how to handle conflict when it arises, empathy, active listening, and collaborative problem solving. In 2017, our youth program reached 1,577 youth in elementary, middle, high school, and juvenile justice settings. The trainings we provide enable youth to build healthier relationships to help them thrive at home and at school.
Thanks to a generous donation from WECU, the WDRC has been able to provide the same opportunities to the youth and the staff at the Ferndale Boys and Girls Club. The youth received a presentation on mindfulness and a class on peer leadership and problem solving. The staff at the Boys and Girls Club benefited from a training to help them manage and discuss conflict among youth.
One Boys and Girls Club staff member reflected, “I felt that my kids were really engaged and the content was easy to relate to. There was a good balance of independent reflection and group based activity.”
Many thanks to WECU for their generosity and for helping to build a community where people approach conflict in creative and healthy ways.