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Youth Programming

youth mental health programming

New in 2018, Building Hope added a vital program area addressing youth mental health. We know that now, more than ever, Summit County youth and parents need mental health resources and support. With a very generous contribution from Rob Katz, we are pleased to annouce Building Hope’s two new strategy areas to support the mental health needs of our youth.

Youth Substance Abuse & Mental Health Treatment

Summit County has not had a formal youth substance abuse or mental health treatment program. However, with Summit Community Care Clinic and Mind Springs Health leading the way and doing the work to establish an Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) program, Building Hope will provide financial and programmatic assistance to help our partners make the youth IOP a reality.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs are are a step down from residential treatment programs and provide structured care and treatment for individuals needing more intensive support with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Social-emotional learning (SEL)

We send our kids to school to learn about history, mathmatics, language and many other disciplines, yet what about the skills they need to navigate the world of their own emotions? These are vital skills and tools that if developed serve youth positivity in developing resilience, coping skills and tools for the rest of their life. Also taking the lead on social emotional learning curriculums is Summit School District who recently started implementing SEL for students in several schools in Summit. Building Hope’s SEL programs would target parents, mentors, coaches and youth.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.