JACKSONVILLE, FL / December 19, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida received a generous grant from TD Charitable Foundation which funded a cultural and mental health training for 40 youth-serving staff members. The two-hour presentation entitled, Culture Matters: Advancing Behavioral Equity in Community Settings, was facilitated by Voices Institute CEO, Selena Webster-Brass at the Bridge Boys & Girls Club.

The training helped Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida staff members understand the importance behind considering how life experiences impact the outlooks of their Club members. “Thought provoking scenarios and videos were shared that helped us to gain a different perspective with regard to inclusion,” said Dr. Glori White Peters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Grant and Foundation Relations Director.

“It helped equip staff members to better understand challenges and adversity from a mental health and cultural perspective,” explained Dr. Laban Doyle, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Director of Special Initiatives. Staff members also reviewed methods for working within multicultural groups and how to apply Terry Cross’ Cultural Competency Continuum.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is passionate about serving youth and making a difference in their community. Daily, our staff advocate for all youth and teens, by providing a platform for them to feel safe, learn and grow.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida exist to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For over 50 years, our Clubs have played an integral role in equipping youth to reach their full potential. We provide daily after-school and summer programming to over 8,000 Club Members annually at 25 Club locations across Northeast Florida.