Doc Wayne Youth Services, a Boston nonprofit that fuses sport and therapy to strengthen at-risk youth, announces it has added 12 team members in varying roles to address the increasing demand for its services in the light of the pandemic as well as political and racial strife.
Among them is Maggie Yuan, ED.D., LMHC, a program director who lives in Arlington.
The nonprofit also added a professional credentialing program to its online Champions Network™ training platform, which provides guidance on trauma-informed mental-health skills leveraging sport-based therapies. The skills support community organizations and individuals, including teachers, coaches and clinicians.
Making the expansion were recent grants and donations from corporations and individuals. David Cohen, CEO of Doc Wayne, commented in a Feb. 24 news release: “I cannot overstate how grateful we are for the generous support of our work, especially during this last tumultuous year. The need for our mental-health services has grown significantly and continues to escalate.”
Apart from Yuan. other new members of the team are:
- Sam Acker, operations coordinator;
- Amanda Bonilla, facilitator for the Champions Network;
- Beth Caronna, Joshua Salter, Ed.M., Ivy Watts and Natasha Goss, facilitators for that network;
- Brianna Jimenez, social media and communications coordinator;
- Olivia Emerich, MSW; Cat Raster, LCSW, and April Rowell, MS, clinical game changers;
- Jasmine Reed, therapeutic mentor/youth coach.
Doc Wayne’s programs take place in a gym or on a field (virtually during the pandemic) instead of a clinical setting, and clinicians referred to as “coaches” engage with youth ages 5-18. This approach fosters openness and trust and enables the development of new life skills and learning teamwork with the benefits of physical activity.
The nonprofit, recognized with the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award, among others, was formed by Susan Wayne in 2002 in memory of her brother Dr. Eli Wayne, a pediatrician and supporter of using sport as a medium for positive youth development.
The organization is headquartered in Boston with an office in Framingham.
This news announcement was published Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.