Boys & Girls Club staff from all eight Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties Clubs, as well as the management team from the administrative office, participated in a full week of training prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.
In addition to professional development and club training throughout the year, the mandatory week-long training for all staff began with a welcome from Chief Professional Officer Joe Sullivan. Training included the following classes: Mental Health First Aid; Principles of Management; Building a BGC Work Team; Creating an Emotionally Safe Club; Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development; Grant Expectations; QPR Suicide Prevention; Marketing and Development; and information about child care food programs.
Subject matter experts from Chrysalis Health, SMA Healthcare, QPR Institute (suicide training) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America were on hand to provide information.
“The work we do with kids and families who need us the most (every day after school and all day during the summer) makes what we do as youth development professionals crucial for the future of our local community and nation,” Sullivan said.