Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc.
Counsel + Empower + Strengthen + Advocate + Enlighten = Wellness
October 2018


Happy October! Welcome to our newsletter and thank you for supporting Worcester Youth and Family! 

In This Issue
What's happening at WYFCS?
At National Night Out in Berlin on August 7th we served over 200 snow cones to children and their families. The event brought together area families and community partners. Thanks to all who participated! We also attended National Night Out in Pocomoke and children had a fun time making crafts!
On August 17th, we held another Bus Stop Snack Shack, combined with a Back-To-School Bash and End-of-Summer Berlin Youth Club (BYC) Celebration! This fun and festive event was held at Henry Park. Once again, multiple community partners contributed to making the event a great success! Backpacks were given to all WYFCS youth group participants, along with donated supplies. Hot dogs, snow cones, and a bounce house provided by Sonrise Church, rounded out the event.
A special THANK YOU to Berlin-Ocean City Jaycees for both helping at the event and for donating school supplies!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our school supply donors who made this our best back-to-school collection ever. Thank you to Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Stevenson United Methodist Church, Berlin First Baptist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal-Berlin, MD, Church Mouse Thrift Shop of Berlin, MD, Bank of Ocean City, Berlin Lioness Club, Berlin-Ocean City Jaycees, Atlantic General Hospital Physicians Billing and Medical Records, Berlin Police Department, Maryland, The Worship Center, Insurance Management Group, TCC, Verizon Authorized Retailer, Friendship U.M Church-Berlin and several private donors. Without you this would not be possible!
Our Bus Stop Snack Shack at Byrd Park in Snow Hill on Wednesday, September 19 was our third Snack Shack for the new program and the most successful so far, serving 25 children. A HUGE THANK YOU to East Coast Construction, LLC. of Berlin for their sponsorship of this month's event. The community support from Chris Welch, Principal of Snow Hill Middle School, staff members from her school and support from Worcester County Department of Social Services was amazing and very much appreciated. Thank you for helping us continue to serve our community!! If you know of a great Bus Stop Snack Shack location or would like to sponsor one of our events, please contact Debbie Smullen at 410-641-4598 or email at dsmullen@gowoyo.org
The Berlin Youth Club (BYC) wrapped up their summer program at the end of August! Huge thank you to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Berlin Activities Depot , Ayers Creek Adventures, Maui Jack's Waterpark, Ocean City Beach Patrol, The Red Doors Community Center, Frontier Town Western Theme Park, Altitude Trampoline Park - Delmar, Berlin Police Department and Delmar Pizza & Pasta Restaurant. The kids had a great time learning new skills and encouraging one another during different activities. 
We had a great time at the Berlin Fiddlers Convention on September 22nd! Children made harmonicas and sand art and also had the choice of face painting and glitter tattoo's. Thank you to our volunteers from AGH, Taylor Bank and Stephen Decatur students! 
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.

CASA Volunteer Supervisor
The volunteer supervisor provides technical and case management support to CASA volunteers, ensuring that foster children assigned a CASA Volunteer receive sound advocacy and permanency planning. CASA volunteers are trained, and supported community volunteers appointed by local judges to advocate for the needs and well-being of children in foster care. The ideal candidate will have a Master's Degree in the field of Social Work, family studies, psychology, or criminal justice or a Bachelor's Degree with equivalent experience. They must be passionate about the welfare of abused and neglected children. Ideal applicants will have experience supervising volunteers, have knowledge and experience working in the child welfare system and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Youth Programs Coordinator
We are seeking a full-time professional with compassion and experience to implement a program designed to offer meaningful cultural, educational, and wellness experiences to children during out of school time. Program activities will introduce program participants to local recreation, culture, community service and self-care that are both empowering and motivational. Experience in managing groups and administering programs is a plus. Some evening and weekend work required. Minimum requirements: Bachelors degree in social work, education or related field.
Volunteer of the Month
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Frank Walter
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)


DUTIES: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA's) are trained to advocate for children in the child welfare system. A CASA develops a relationship with the child he/she advocates for and follows the child's case to ensure the child receives needed services. The goal is seeing the child placed in a safe, permanent home.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Frank retired from a long career in public education in Ohio, Virginia and Washington State before moving to the Eastern Shore in 2010 with his wife Robin. He was a high school English teacher for 13 years before taking on various school leadership positions, and ultimately becoming a school district administrator. He served as Superintendent in Forks, Washington, for 6 years. Frank has always been an advocate for creating alternatives to meet the wide-ranging needs of individual students. After a year of retirement here, Frank found that he missed serving others and helping young people. In 2011 he became a CrossFit trainer and a CASA. Frank is one of the many CASA's recruited by Carolyn Cordial.

BEST PART OF YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: "Working with high school youth! They are so hopeful and idealistic! They are our future." As the grandfather of 9, Frank has a special place in his heart for all young people, but especially high school students. "They are at such an age that a lot of people don't know what to do with them, how to engage with them or appreciate who they are as emerging adults. I love them! I love to hear about their ideas, dreams and aspirations, as well as their anxieties and fears. I learn a lot from them."

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE FACED: ""It is really hard to be an adolescent these days. Add the ingredients of racism, poverty and family dysfunction, and life can be very difficult." Frank works hard to bring out the positive in every situation. He welcomes the challenge of creating positive experiences for "his child," as well as drawing positive lessons from failures and set-backs.

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW: Frank loves being a CASA. "It is not all fun and victories, not by a long shot. But it is a worthwhile investment in the life of a child who needs you. You don't have to be perfect; but you have to be willing to work at it and learn as you go. Serving as a CASA is good for the child, and it is good for you, too!"

CASA PROGRAM STAFF STATEMENT ABOUT FRANK: Frank is an exceptional advocate for children. His endless enthusiasm and boundless energy, combined with his extensive experience, makes for a powerful presence in a child's life. Frank has gone above and beyond to serve the best interests of the children he serves. Recently, Frank drove more than 10 hours roundtrip in one day - twice - so that a young man could visit with his brother. WYF's CASA program is so very fortunate to call Frank one of our own!

*Frank's background and hours spent with his child are exceptional; most CASA volunteers average 10 hours of service per month and come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with no particular expertise required. WYF'S CASA is currently accepting applications for new volunteers. Please contact Angie Manos, amanos@gowoyo.org.
Did You Know?

From One of Our Therapists
 Back to School Tips
Dr. Jen Leggour, Psy.D.
 
With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, is your family ready for this transition? Is your child ready to succeed? Instead of waiting until the last minute, now is the time to begin preparing for the back-to-school transition. Here are some helpful tips for parents who want to have an active role in making this transition successful.  
 
Discuss the transition -  Check in with your child and see how he/she feels about returning to school. Ask what he/she is looking forward to, what fears he/she may have, and what he/she needs to feel successful. Also ask if there is anything that he/she wants to complete before the end of the summer such as camps, activities, seeing friends, etc . Develop a plan for addressing these things and addressing the transition back to school. Talk about preparations that the family will be making to get ready. Most children like visuals, so it would be helpful to write it down or use a calendar to show your plans.
 
Adjust your child's schedule -  Typically schedules are more flexible in the summer and often bedtime is later. Begin a schedule where you gradually transition back to the school bedtime and wake up time. This should be achieved about one to two weeks before school starts.
 
Check on educational tasks -  Many schools give reading lists and packets of work for the summer. If your school does, now is a good time to review progress on this list. Begin assigning some additional educational tasks to assist in refreshing study habits and basic skills. Reading in general is a good way to stimulate the brain and it can be an activity that you do together.
 
Prepare a study area - About one to two weeks before school starts, set up a special place in your home where your child can do school work and homework. Make sure it is free from distractions and incorporates things that your child prefers for studying. This shows your child that education is important to your family and that you support them.
 
Communicate with teachers and the school -  Contact your child's teachers at the start of the school year or attend an open house. Get acquainted with them and let them know you want to be an active partner in helping your student to learn and grow. Plan to keep track of your child's subjects, homework, activities and progress throughout the school year. And, consider serving on your local PTA or joining other parent groups that engage with and support your child's school.
 
Shop now -  Plan ahead for school shopping so that it is less stressful and more enjoyable. Schools typically send out a list of what is required and many local stores have the list available. You may want to call the stores first to check availability of the supplies needed in order to reduce running around. In collaboration with your student write a list of additional items they need including clothing. This will assist in budgeting and establishing expectations before you arrive at the store.
 
Take your child to the doctor, and make sure your child has health insurance coverage -  It's a good idea to take your child in for a physical and an eye exam before school starts. Most schools require up-to-date immunizations, and you may be asked to provide paperwork showing that your child has all the necessary shots.
 
Provide healthy meals -  G ood nutrition plays an important role in your child's school performance. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Make sure your child has a good breakfast and fix nutritious meals at home. If you need extra help, find out if your family qualifies for any Child Nutrition Programs, like the National School Lunch Program.   
Events
October 6 - Worcester Cares in Pocomoke
Do you have questions about resources in Worcester County? Do you need utility or food assistance, child or adult care or other help? Do you have a health concern?
Find answers at Worcester County CARE from community service providers, educators and area businesses.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 am until 1:00 pm
To be held at Pocomoke Middle School
800 Eighth Street Pocomoke City, MD

October 12 - 2nd Friday Art Stroll
Come stroll downtown Berlin from 5-8pm and check out the featured artists and musicians in the stores and streets.rs available. Giant checkers, chess and Jenga games. 11:30am-1:30pm

October 13 - Taco Wars
3rd annual Taco Wars to benefit Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services hosted by DJ Bk. Located at 33rd Street Guidos Burritos.
$10 donation at the door & win raffles!
$5 House Margaritas
10 restaurants will compete for best taco in 5 categories. You are the judge! 
The Best Taco
Best Steak Taco
Best Pork Taco
Best Chicken Taco
Best Fish Taco
Competing restaurants to be announced + more info coming soon!!

October 13 - Oktoberfest in Berlin
Enjoy the German band, tons of food, beer garden by Burley Oak Brewing Company and our annual Fall Sidewalk Sale. Kids can enjoy crafts, pumpkin painting and other activities sponsored by Worcester Youth and Family. Shuttle available from the Berlin Intermediate School beginning at 11:30am to 5:30pm.

October 14-28 - Ocean City Fall Restaurant Week
Many spectacular restaurants create special, fixed-price menus designed to tempt your taste buds.  No passes, tickets, or coupons are required.  Simply choose a participating restaurant and dine out.  For more information, visit  www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com or call 410-289-6733.

October 20 - Outdoor Movie Night in Berlin
Free outdoor movie night from 7-9pm. See a Halloween-themed movie downtown on Jefferson Street. Bring a blanket or chair and a snack. No alcohol permitted. Movie starts at full dark.

October 20 - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Ocean City, MD, is one of the only venues to host a 5K run, as well as a noncompetitive 5K walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The event raises money to fund innovative research, provide free information, and support local programs.  Admission fees for runners is $35.  For more information, call 410-749-1635 or visit  makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd.

October 27 - Seaside 10 Mile/5K
This well-known event will take place rain or shine! Join in the 10-mile or 5K race, both starting at the Ocean City Inlet. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. The race course includes the world famous Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration fees for participants. For more information, contact Chris Klebe at 443-497-4324 or visit  www.octrirunning.com. WYFCS is a beneficiary of this event!

October 31 - Halloween!

Save the date for our Annual Celebration - November 9th!
PLEASE JOIN US as we celebrate our successes and thank our amazing supporters! This year's celebration will be held in the Ray Community Room in the Worcester Youth & Family office located at 124 North Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811 from 5 PM - 7 PM. The event is offered free-of-charge with complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Phillip Cropper and Worcester Technical High School. Live entertainment will be provided by local jazz musician, Everett Spells.

To make a donation to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, click here

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 WYFCS 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