Promoting Emotional Wellness Through a Sense of Belonging

While we know that children are resilient, even the most optimistic child needs a boost at this time as we seek to find a silver lining to hang onto. At Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, we work to provide that boost to our children and their families.

Our focus on emotional wellness starts with the simple belief that everyone, no matter their age, wants to feel a sense of belonging. Indeed, we all want to feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and to connect with people who care. At the Club, we let our children know they are valued members of our community. We give children who are experiencing stress and anxiety a source of emotional well-being, letting them know that they are not alone and that we are going through this together. We provide mentorship, guidance, and opportunities for kids to develop meaningful connections.

Just as important, we remind our kids how important it is to have fun! To keep doing the simple things they love like running and playing, being creative, and laughing with friends. It is certainly natural to feel sad and disappointed at the changes to basic routines, about events and activities that have been cancelled or postponed, and about loved ones who may not be well. But it is also okay to be happy and to enjoy each day. At Grenville Baker we provide a safe place for kids to have fun and we let them know each day how happy we are to see them. In this way, we are working to create a new normal.