Weill Child Guidance Foundation and Bakersfield Blaze Hit a Home Run

Weill Child Guidance Foundation and Bakersfield Blaze Hit a Home Run

Weill Child Guidance Foundation and Bakersfield Blaze Hit a Home Run

The Bakersfield Blaze celebrated their last regular season homestand with a fireworks display to help raise funds for the Child Guidance Clinic.

The Bakersfield Blaze wrapped up their regular season and had their eyes set on the playoffs when the Visalia Rawhide came to Sam Lynn Ballpark. For many in the crowd, it was about more than just supporting their local team during the playoff hunt; they were there to support the Weill Child Guidance Foundation and children’s mental health services in Kern County. The game began with the Clinic’s David McCrary throwing out the opening pitch and ended with a walk off home run and a Blaze victory followed by the final fireworks display of the year.

This was the third year the Foundation partnered with the Blaze and their 50/50 fundraiser program. Clinic staff and Foundation members sold tickets to the game in an effort to fill Sam Lynn Ballpark and raise funds for the Foundation. Many supporters bought extra tickets to donate to families served by the Child Guidance Clinic. “This is the type of event that represents the Clinic’s mission, the stands were full of families building bonds and creating memories,” stated Joshua Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Business Development,”for many of the children this was their first game and they will remember it for a long time.”

The Blaze also held a special meet and greet event for Clinic clients of the Clinic prior to the game in which Blaze players signed autographs and took photos with the children. This annual fundraiser brings together two great local organizations and helps shine a light on the services offered by the Clinic.

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Kaiser Permanente Sponsors New Substance Treatment Curriculum

Kaiser Permanente Sponsors New Substance Treatment Curriculum

Kaiser Permanente Sponsors New Substance Treatment Curriculum

The Child Guidance Clinic offers specialized treatment for children with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Our caring professionals offer assessment, education, referral, and treatment services with a focus of long-term recovery. The Clinic was awarded a grant from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program to develop a new treatment curriculum to better identify and quickly treat clients with dual diagnoses.

The Clinic will be implementing the “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment” (SBIRT) approach to the delivery of services for children and adults with substance use disorders. The SBIRT approach provides clinicians with the training and tools to quickly assess the severity of substance use, identify the appropriate levels of treatment, provide brief interventions focused on motivation toward behavior change, and referring clients to appropriate treatment programs.

In addition to implementing the SBIRT approach, the Clinic is developing new substance use programs to offer clients at each of our sites. These programs will offer multiple levels of care for clients as they progress through treatment. Staff training is currently underway and the new treatment programs will begin later this year.

Chevron and Child Guidance Launch a New Robotics Lab in North Bakersfield

Chevron and Child Guidance Launch a New Robotics Lab in North Bakersfield

Chevron and Child Guidance Launch a New Robotics Lab in North Bakersfield

The Child Guidance Clinic and Chevron have partnered to launch a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) after-school program in North Bakersfield. This is not your typical science class however since these students will be building and programing robots.

The Tutor Time Robotics Lab is the newest addition to the Clinic’s Tutor Time Program, which has offered after-school homework assistance in the community since 2007. Students participate in an 8-week curriculum centered around constructing and programing their robots to complete a variety of fun missions. The missions test the problem-solving and math skills of the participants and encourage imaginative solutions to complex problems.

Since 2009, Chevron has worked with more than 60 California nonprofit organizations focused on STEM education and economic development. To date, their investments in STEM education have benefited more than 500,000 K-12 public school students, 6,600 teachers, and has helped nonprofits introduce STEM activities and programs to California children. “Sometimes, innovation in education doesn’t necessarily happen inside of a classroom. The Child Guidance Clinic has proven that," reported Adam Alvidrez, Policy, Government & Public Affairs Representative for Chevron. "The kids think they’re just playing with robots. They have no idea that they are learning the simple concepts of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering.”

To learn more about the Tutor Time Robotics Lab, contact Kristi Brown at (661) 322-1021.

Barks for Books

Barks for Books

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The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, Chevron, the Beale Library, and Marley's Mutts partnered over the summer to offer Kern County youth the opportunity to enhance their reading skills, discover great new books, and make a new canine friend through the Barks for Books Program.

The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic's Links to Success and Tutor Time Programs offer Kern County children year-round educational and therapeutic programs. With funding and volunteers from Chevron's Community Investment Program the Clinic was able to partner with the Beale Library and Marley's Mutts to offer a fun, unique, and innovative 12-week summer reading program. The Barks for Books Program paired rescue dogs from Marley's Mutts with local students and provided a therapeutic environment to help them to develop reading skills, social skills, trust, and confidence. Readers also received reading assistance from volunteers from Marley's Mutts and Chevron.

Marley's Mutts is a nonprofit organizations that is dedicated to saving the lives of Kern County shelter dogs. These dogs were often abandoned, neglected, or abused and in desperate need of finding a new home. Marley's Mutts rehabilitates, trains, and re-homes these dogs while also educating the community about responsible animal ownership and providing therapeutic canine partnerships to those in need.

Barks for Books participants benefited from developing bonds with the rescue dogs while developing their own reading skills. "When children read to a dog they don't have to worry about the dog making fun of them for not knowing a word, or judge them for struggling..." stated Kristi Brown, Project Coordinator at the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic."We have seen our readers open up over the summer and become more confident and social as a result of building friendships with these dogs."

The program was held at the Children's Story Pit located on the first floor of the Beale Library in Downtown Bakersfield. The Beale Library donated the Children's Reading Pit for the duration of the 12-week program as well as auditorium space for the Barks for Books awards ceremony. At the ceremony, readers received certificates of achievement, backpacks, school supplies, and a pizza party.

The Barks for Books Program is offered year-round to the public by the Beale Library and Marley's Mutts. The next session will begin in September. For more information contact the Beale Library's Susan Palm at (661) 868-0745.

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National Night Out

National Night Out

In an effort to strengthen police-community partnerships, the Bakersfield Police Department is celebrating National Night out.  The event will highlight local anticrime programs and offer free Child ID, tours of the Police Department, safety presentations, and Emergency Vehicle will be on display.  National Night Out will be held August 5th from 6-9pm at Truxtun and Eye Street.  

Come out and let criminals know our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back!

 

For more information call (661) 326-3024

Utility Payment Assistance from CAPK

Utility Payment Assistance from CAPK

Community Action Partnership of Kern is offering assistance to with water utility payments through the Drought Water Assistance Program. This program offers full payment of water utilities up to 3 months or $240 for households with low incomes as outlined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  If your family qualifies, call 2-1-1 to make an appointment and apply for assistance today.  

In order to complete your application quickly, be ready to provide proof of income, water bills for the last 90 days, a water shut off notice, identification, and Social Security card. The program began on July 1st, and funding is limited so schedule your appointment today.



Child Guidance Foundation Night at Sam Lynn

Child Guidance Foundation Night at Sam Lynn

Come join the Weill Memorial Child Guidance Foundation Friday, August 29th at 7:15 when the Bakersfield Blaze take on the Visalia Rawhide at Sam Lynn Ballpark.  Use the promo code "HWM" when you purchase your tickets online at www.bakersfieldblaze.com and the Blaze will donate 50% to help support the many programs and services offered by the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic.

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