“Emotions give purpose, priority, and focus to our thinking. They tell us what to do with the knowledge that our senses deliver. They motivate us to act.”
― Marc Brackett, Ph.D. from Permission to Feel
How are you feeling?
Here at Tri-Town Youth Services we have been asking that question a lot. We ask the parents at our new toddler playgroups, we ask the elementary participants in our afterschool Girls Circles, we ask the teen Peer Advocates at Valley, and we ask the youth and families working with our clinical team. Sometimes the answers make us smile, as kids are truly enjoying their programs, activities, and time with friends.
Other times, we listen as kids describe feelings of frustration, overwhelming stress, loneliness and despair. At these times, it’s clear…the kids are not alright. There are many contributing factors, of course. Social media, social isolation, academic pressure, and the cruelty of those who mock, alienate or shame another child. And all of these pressures were building before COVID.
In order to help the children in our community, we need to check in with ourselves. As adults, we have the power to create a culture that helps all children thrive. But we can’t get there if WE are merely surviving day-to-day.
Please support Tri-Town Youth Services in creating positive change in our community! Your gift to our year-end campaign provides FREE programming for youth (in school and after school) and helps expand our clinical team.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA
Thank you to our Lead Sponsors, 2020
Essex Savings Bank
F. Curtis & Susan B. Thrall
Community Foundation of
Tower Laboratories, Ltd.
Nathan Jacobson & Associates
Deep River Garden Club
Deep River Jewelry
Crossroads Driving School