Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
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Welcome to our newsletter and thank you for supporting Worcester Youth and Family! 
In This Issue
Back to School Supply Drive Starts Now
Worcester Youth and Family Services (WYFCS) has begun its yearly "Back to School" drive to benefit schoolchildren in Worcester County unable to acquire necessary materials for the upcoming term. Over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to students at local schools. WYFCS Executive Director Steve Taylor stressed the importance of the drive to the community.

"The School Supplies program is extremely important to the children and families in Worcester County. A significant number of families in the county live at or below the federal poverty level. Pocomoke schools report roughly 70% of the children fall into this category, about half of the families in Snow Hill and roughly 30% of the families in the Berlin area struggle financially," he said, "In addition to those living at the poverty level, many more families are living paycheck to paycheck. Any major expense such as a car repair or refrigerator failure will place families at risk of paying their bills. Providing school supplies can be a tremendous help to these families. School supply requests are also intended to help teachers who sometimes use their own money to help the children. These requests include tissues, wipes, markers, craft paper and other school supply needs."

Drop off locations for donated items include the WYFCS offices at 124 North Main Street, Suite C in Berlin, at the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce at 12320 Ocean Gateway in Ocean City and at Ayers Creek Adventures at 8628 Grey Fox Lane in Berlin. 

School supplies being requested are:

One, three and five subject notebooks Ear buds
Scissors (blunt end) Highlighters
Colored pencils Glue sticks
Tissues Hand sanitizer
Composition books Notebook paper
Wipes (Clorox or Lysol) Paper towels
Crayola crayons Masking Tape
Plastic two pocket folders Dry erase markers
Zip lock bags- all sizes Dividers
Large pink erasers Glue sticks

The organization is also asking for monetary contributions from those who cannot contribute supplies. For more information, visit gowoyo.org, call 410-641-4598, or contact Debbie Smullen at dsmullen@gowoyo.org.

What's happening at Worcester Youth and Family?
On June 18, our Executive Director Steve Taylor accepted a certificate of recognition from the Worcester County Public Schools MD for outstanding contributions to the youth of Worcester County, Maryland. We thank them for their praise and acknowledgement. It is our privilege and honor to serve the children, families and young people of our community.
Ocean Pines Chamber Power Hour Breakfast 
Our Executive Director Steve Taylor presented information about programs and services provided by the organization. The presentation included information about our mission, the number of people we serve, anticipated outcomes, community partnerships and the importance of volunteerism for the organization. 
Event Coordinator for Worcester Goes Purple (WGP) and Worcester Youth and Family Insurance and Billing Specialist Debbie Smullen also spoke about WGP's mission to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic in Worcester County and how others can be involved. 

June 13 was the last official day for SAGES for the 2018-2019 school year, and what a special day it was! Special thank you to Debi Dean who made it possible to provide individualized positive affirmation bracelets for each girl.
Special thank you to Tiffany Scott, Youth Programs Coordinator, and Abby Bunting, summer staff for grilling them food, as well as Kelly Beeseck, therapist,  for making cookies to celebrate. We are so fortunate to have worked with such  an amazing group of girls and enjoyed celebrating the girls ove rcoming their struggles while recognizing their personal growth.  
Beach House CrossFit hosted our SABERS for a CrossFit fun fitness workout on June 4. It was a valuable lesson on the benefits of exercise for mental and physical well being. Research has shown exercise can be nearly as effective as medication for some mental health issues. We appreciate Beach House CrossFit for their contribution and being a community partner of Worcester Youth and Family and for supporting team building adolescent youth programs like this one.

Bus Stop Snack Shack
What a turn out for our Bus Stop Snack Shack at Sunshine Apartments June 11. The snack shack greets children as they get off the bus from school to provide summer reading materials, as well as snacks and drinks. Thank you to our sponsor Stevenson United Methodist Church Spirit Kitchen, to the Town of Berlin Maryland Berlin Police Department  for directing traffic, members of the Department of Social Services and our own Youth Programs Coordinator Tiffany Scott and Therapist Amanda Chaffee! This was truly an example of the power and importance of community connections in our town. Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is proud to be able to bring families, organizations and youth together. 
Thank you to Coastal Association of REALTORS for their $1,000 donation for Every Child Needs
Thank you to Coastal Association of REALTORS for their incredibly generous donation to Worcester Youth and Family. The gift will be used by Worcester Youth and Family Counseling to help support our "Every Child Needs" (ECN) program. The program will supply at risk children with basic needs such as blankets, pillows, pajamas, shoes, clothes, toiletries, coats and duffel bags. We are still actively seeking donations to this initiative and they can be made by dropping by the offices, calling 410-641-4598 or emailing mcoulson@gowoyo.org.

WYFCS at The Maryland Municipal League Conference
Every year, Worcester Youth and Family offers childcare to the participants of the Maryland Municipal League's Conference in Ocean City. We offer games, art projects, crafts and entertainment while parents attended the evening's event. Worcester Youth and Family Counseling is happy to help these community members and decision makers' children enjoy their experience each year. 
From One of Our Therapists
 Staying Aware of Social Media
By: Amanda Chaffee, LMSW
It comes as no surprise that social media is very much part of young people's lives as we move into a more digital world. What started out as modern ways to connect with others has turned into something potentially worrisome for parents. As children are exposed to YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc., it's extremely important to be aware of potential risks of the Social Media. Young people are spending more time on their phones and less time interacting face-to-face with peers and family, potentially causing a number of risks. While research on mental health and social media is limited, according to the National Center for Health Research, one study showed 73% of teens had cellphones and those who spent more than 5 hours a day online were 71% more likely to have at least one risk factor for suicide compared to teens who only spent 1 hour a day online. With the increasing number of social media platforms, it is important for parents to check in regularly with their child to ensure their behavior online is not only appropriate but also to reduce social media isolation.
With childhood and technology going hand-to-hand, parents should be aware of the unique challenges children face on a daily basis online and talk to their children about healthy online behavior. With new social media outlets being created or new updates to existing platforms, parents do not always understand what their children are doing. Talking to your child about how there are individuals who try to take advantage of young people online and educating them that everything may not be as what they appear can help children better understand the risks. Reminding children to keep personal information private and maintaining privacy settings can help children have healthier behaviors online. With the increasing pressure to see how many "likes" one can get, children will often "friend" strangers and constantly compare themselves to others. Rather than posting unedited photos, the youth today feel the pressure to use photo-editing apps that help secure more "likes" and attention from peers and strangers. The instant gratification from their posts may seems harmless; however, when many children are seeking acceptance there is an increase of at-risk behavior. "Are You Living an Insta Lie?" may be a useful video in showing young people how reality can be distorted on social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EFHbruKEmw .
Below is a list of tips provided by the National Center for Health Research that can be utilized if one suspects their child's mental health is impacted by social media or to create healthy limits:
  • Turn off your notifications for at least a few hours each day (which you can gradually increase); put your phone in "Airplane" mode or "Do Not Disturb".
  • Delete apps that contribute to unhealthy body image or other feelings of inadequacy. Add apps that help you feel better about yourself or inspire you to engage in healthy behaviors. Meditation apps can be a better use of your time, for example: Calm, Insight Timer, and Headspace. Use apps that block certain other apps and tell you about your usage. This will help to increase your awareness of how much you are engaging with social media and help you focus on other activities.
  • Use an alarm clock instead of relying on your phone as an alarm to prevent you from using your phone the minute you wake up.
  • Take a day off from social media to focus on other things. Sunday is a good suggestion since it is a day when you probably aren't in school or at work.
  • Consider putting your phone in grayscale. This makes your phone less enticing to look at. With the colorful apps and notifications changed to gray, they may be easier to ignore.
  • Set boundaries or only certain times when you can check your notifications.
  • Start a habit of placing your phone near the door when you come home - doing it with a friend, partner, or family member can help you stay motivated and accountable! Make a plan with a group of friends to spend more time hanging out in person and less time interacting via social media.
Donate to New Teacher Bags!

For the first time, Worcester Youth and Family, in partnership with the Greater Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill Chambers of Commerce are asking for donations to fill bags for the new teachers of Worcester County. Worcester Youth and Family Counseling is encouraging local businesses and non-profits to give helpful items for the upcoming school year.

Many of these teachers are new to the area. We feel it is important to make them feel welcome as well as educate them on our area businesses and our community at-large. It also serves as a free advertising campaign for businesses choosing to donate.

We are requesting 100 items per business to place into the bags. Accepted donations include advertising pieces, coupons, promotional products, or goods with a company logo.

We would ask that the majority of submissions be physical items, rather than paper products as teachers find them more useful.

Those interested in donating should deliver items to the Worcester Youth and Family Counseling  offices no later than August 15. The offices are located at 124 North Main Street, Suite C, in Berlin, MD 21811. We are also requesting volunteers for the "bag stuffing" event on August 16 at 12 p.m. in the Ray (located within Worcester Youth and Family  offices.) For more information, call Morgan Coulson, Communications Coordinator at (410) 641-4598 or email her at mcoulson@gowoyo.org , or by contacting your local Chamber of Commerce: Berlin: (410) 641-4775; Greater Ocean City:(410) 213-0552; Snow Hill: (410) 632-0809; Ocean Pines: (410) 641-5306.
July 3- July 4th Celebration at the Calvin B. Taylor House
Bring a blanket and the whole family! Grab a bite from the Street Kitchen Food Truck, listen to the Mickey Justice Duo and join in on the yard games! A scavenger hunt, photo area, and much more family fun is planned on the lawn before the Berlin Fireworks. Hosted by the Town of Berlin and the Calvin B. Taylor House, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Taylor House Lawn at 208 North Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811.
July 3- Berlin Fireworks  

Celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks celebration at Berlin Falls Park! Bring your blanket & chairs for a front row seat at the park. Located across the street from Burley Oak Brewery and next to Burn Pizzeria.

July 3- Family Fun Night at the Oasis Pool
Visit the Oasis Pool in Ocean Pines every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. for this fun event. DJ, games & prizes. Food available for purchase. $3 OP swim members, $5 OP residents, $7 non-residents. Free for non-swimmers. 
July 4- Ocean Pines Independence Day Celebration
The celebration starts at 5 p.m. with festivities, games, music, food, bounce houses, dry slides, and carnival rides. Stay for the fireworks celebration, which will be held in Ocean Pines at the Veterans Memorial Park and South Gate Pond area. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy this year's fireworks display in its new location. Parking will be available at Taylor Bank and Ocean Pines library. Handicap parking will be available at the Sports Core Pool and other locations (TBA).

July 4- Red White and Boom
In Salisbury, this FREE community event will have great food, great music, bounce houses for kids, a kids kazoo parade - and fireworks. Gates to the Wicomico County stadium open at 6:30 p.m. across from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. 

July 7- Sundaes in the Park
Spend your Sunday evenings in picturesque Northside Park in Ocean City, MD from 7-9 p.m. listening to your favorite live music. This is a family concert series with pizzazz! Enjoy free music ranging from country to rock, tribute bands to oldies. Each week children are offered various free activities and entertainment. The best thing about Sundaes in the Park is the ice cream sundaes! Create your own sundae for a nominal fee, sit back, listen to music and watch the sun set over the beautiful Assawoman Bay. Additional ice cream novelty and beverage options are available for purchase. Bring your picnic basket and beach chairs. The night will end with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside the complex.

July 10- Free Movies on the Beach
Movies on The Beach are every Wednesday at dusk at The Carousel on 118th. July 10th they are featuring "Bumblebee." Free Glow sticks for children; free admission. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the movie and relaxing ocean breeze!

 July 12- Friday Night Art Stroll for Kids featuring Ginna Magda
Only 20 spaces per session!  Worcester Youth and Family presents with support  from the Worcester County Arts Council a FREE art program for kids held every month during the Second Friday Art Stroll in Berlin from 6 to 8 p.m.; beginning July 12 through December. Featuring a variety of hands on art experience. For kids aged 6 to 12. Snacks will be provided. Children MUST be signed in and out by a responsible adult with cell phone access.  Held at The Ray, 124 North Main Street in Berlin, MD.  Pre-register to reserve your spot by calling 410.641.4598 or  emailing mcoulson@gowoyo.org. The first class in this series will feature Ginna Magda of Ginna's Interpretations. She will be sharing her "pouring process" style of art using tipping and blowing to create movement in the paint.

July 12- Fun Fit Field Day
Join Worcester Youth and Family at our Fun Fit Field Day in Dr. William Henry Park in Berlin. We will have games, snacks, and more. Open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend! Begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m.

July 27- Stuff the Van
On Saturday, July 27, Worcester Youth and Family is hosting a "Stuff the Van" event at the Berlin Walmart. We will be asking patrons to purchase school supplies to be donated to local disadvantaged youth for the upcoming school year. Starts at 10 a.m. There will be a van located at each entrance. 
Every Child Needs
We are still seeking donations for our Every Child Needs (ECN) program. he program will supply at risk children with basic needs such as blankets, pillows, pajamas, shoes, clothes, toiletries, coats and duffel bags. To donate, stop by or mail our offices at 124 North Main Street, Suite C in Berlin, visit gowoyo.org, or check out the fundraiser section of our Facebook page.

 Worcester Youth and Family Employment Opportunities
Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is expanding its practice and has openings described below. Please email cover letter and/or resume to shine@gowoyo.org.

Licensed Counselor/Therapist
Our outpatient clinic is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic clinician to provide mental health counseling to youth, adults and families. Candidates must be a licensed psychologist, LCSW-C or LCPC.

Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
We are also seeking Psychiatrist or Psychiatric CRNP to provide mental health counseling and medical care to youth, adults and families. Candidates must be a licensed Psychiatrist or CRNP and will maintain any documentation required by state or facility guidelines to demonstrate compliance with supervision requirements. Provides psychiatric consultation, diagnostic and treatment services to the identified patient population, including medication management and crisis intervention services.

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You can
..Protect a child from child abuse
..De-stigmatize mental health
..Empower the neglected
..Strengthen a family
..Improve a community
..Feel good about your day!

We often need volunteers to help with our programs. Some of the volunteer opportunities are short term such as helping with fundraisers and community events while others require more of a time commitment.
To learn about Worcester Youth and Family volunteer opportunities, you can visit Get Connected by United Way or call the office at 410-641-4598.

Thank you for your support! 

Worcester Youth & Family | 410-641-4598    shine@gowoyo.org  |  www.gowoyo.org
124 N. Main Street Berlin, MD 21811