On Friday October 20, the Prairieview ladies ran the 5K Monster Dash in Cumberland, WI. The ladies have been training hard, getting up early to run during the week. They have demonstrated such dedication, it seems, due to having something to look forward to (mastery), while running also helps to regulate emotions and improve mood. The group decided on being super heroines, to celebrate empowerment and self-acceptance.
Lisa Courchaine, CAPSW, Mental Health Clinician
At Northwest Passage, our mental health clinician’s go beyond just typical office therapy in working with our youth. They like to incorporate all of the many things that help to keep people mentally healthy, including physical activity. The mind and body are connected, so when one is healthy the other is healthier too. It is much easier to deal with life’s problems and challenges when your body is active because it lifts your mood. Physical activity can also act an antidepressant.
The residents of Northwest Passage Riverside were given an awesome opportunity to volunteer their time to the St. Croix National Scenic River way. Through the “Citizen Science” project, the Algae Alert Network, select residents of NWP Riverside traveled to Norway Point Landing, located on the St. Croix River, from July and September, to study the presence of Algal blooms on the river way.
Northwest Passage Child and Adolescent Center is excited to announce that long time staff, Caleb Melton, has been awarded the prestigious, “Excellence in Service Award” from the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).
The Excellence in Service Award highlights the outstanding front-line staff that serve organizations that provide residential, therapeutic, and education services to children and adolescents. Recipients of the award play vital roles behind the scenes and deserve to be recognized for their work to help change the world, one child at a time. We thank you Caleb for your years of service and your “Sure, anything I can do to help!” attitude.
Our program director, Ellen Race wrote a glowing letter of recommendation for Caleb that captured his essence of excellence. We especially liked the following quote, but you can read the letter in entirety here: Caleb Melton’s Letter of Recommendation
“Caleb has had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of kids during his time with Northwest Passage and has become a role model for new staff members. We could not be more proud of having Caleb on our team.”
The announcement can be found on NATSAP’s website here: 2015 Midwest Regional Conference Excellence in Service Award Recipient Caleb Melton
Caleb Melton is from Shell Lake Wisconsin, and has been a valued Northwest Passage team member for 15 years. He was awarded the Excellence in Service Award at the 2015 NATSAP Midwest Regional Conference Clayton Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, on Friday, September 11, 2015.
April 23rd marked the first Passage Foundation Board meeting of the year. The Board, comprised of various community members and Northwest Passage Staff, reviewed Scholarship applications from 4 past clients, awarding a grand total of $6200.
The funds will be used for everything from school tuition to rent expenses.
I wanted to update you on the fun and exciting things going on with the Passage Foundation! We met yesterday and awarded money to 2 Northwest Passage Clients and 2 Northwest Journey Clients.
Jalyn W. received up to $2500/semester for her first year at UW-Superior. She will be studying Psychology/Social Work. Jalyn has overcome a lot lately (death of her mother and horse) and is still using her skills and working hard to be successful!
Alexa G. received an award of $2700.00 to help her buy clothing and establish her first apartment. She has two jobs in the food service industry and this will really help her continue her positive efforts. She doesn’t have a lot of supports, so Emily and Amanda have helped her a lot in this process!
Northwest Journey Approved $500 awards for Noah P. and Eric A, who are both are attending college.
Eric will by studying gunsmithing, and Noah is pursuing a degree in Bible Studies.
Huge Congratulations to all of these great kids!!! Remember, without your efforts and guidance, would likely not be where they are today!
Update regarding the Passage Foundation:
We meet in the Spring and Fall of each year. Clients need to be out of the program for at least 6 months and be making efforts to be successful, law abiding and healthy individuals in their communities. They can be 14, 24 or 34 years old and still apply and be eligible for an award.
Each time one of your kids calls back to update you on their efforts since discharge or to tell you a fun story, or look for advice, Please remind them about the Foundation! Applications are in the public folders and on the website. We are also looking into better ways to keep everyone informed and thinking about The Passage Foundation.
The Board currently consists of the following people, so feel free to ask them questions as well:
And Mandy O’Malley (me)
Three Prairieview girls participated in the third annual Webster Education Foundation 5K on Saturday, August 8. The Webster Education Foundation funds enrichment projects in Webster that enhance educational programs; it was a great event for the girls to participate in!
Week after week, the three girls got up earlier than any of their peers in order to train for the event. They started the race at the Webster High School at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and each of them finished in the top of their age groups. Ndolo (No. 169) finished first in her age group, Alexis (No. 170) finished second in her age group, and Lydia (No. 173) finished second in her age group.
They showed dedication in both training and participating. Several members of the staff ran alongside the girls while others greeted them at the finish line, supporting them every step of the way.
Physical activity is a priority at all Northwest Passage programs because regular physical activity is not only good for the kids’ bones and muscles, but it also helps to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety and promote overall psychological well-being.
The boys of Northwest Passage Riverside ran in the City of Trails Trail Run 5K during St. Croix Falls’ Wannigan Days celebration! The team has been training hard in the mornings under the leadership of our dedicated staff: Josh, Ryan, Reid and Austin.
Our residents: Garrett, Westin, Logan, and Carlos had great attitudes and put forth outstanding effort despite getting rained during the race. The boys started in the back of the pack and still managed to grab race places! Garrett placed 2nd in his age group and 5th in the overall race, Josh placed 2nd in his age group and 6th in the overall race, and as a team the boys received a golden shoe to celebrate that they were the fastest team!
Ashley and I were able to work with our residents Andre and Holden to capture some of the memories. We’ll get the photos uploaded soon.
Sarah Bach, M.S. Weekend Supervisor