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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2019 – Breakthrough Clubhouse, a pre-vocational program of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services, received a three-year accreditation in May as an affiliate of the Clubhouse International, an organization that develops Clubhouses around the world.  The recognition is significant, as it points to a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence.  Accreditation is awarded to Clubhouses that adhere to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, providing opportunities for Clubhouse members to find employment, go to school, build meaningful relationships and live healthy lifestyles. 

    The process is a rigorous one - both evaluative and consultative.  It includes a clubhouse self-study, site visit, dialogs regarding Clubhouse leadership and improvement opportunities, and a written report.  

    The accreditation process is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International faculty for Clubhouse Development.  The final report noted, “Members have a strong sense of pride and ownership in the  Clubhouse, there’s a strong culture of employment and an extremely active advocacy with the Kansas State Legislature which is resulting in solid support of Clubhouses in other parts of Kansas.”  David Kapten, Program Director for Breakthrough Clubhouse added, “This is an empowering program that supports self-directed recovery. Each member of the Clubhouse is needed and wanted.”  

    Clubhouses are local community centers that provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing, including:
    •    a work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse;
    •    participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse;
    •    Opportunities to obtain paid employment in the local labor market through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent programs;
    •    assistance in accessing community-based educational resources;
    •    access to crisis intervention services when needed, and;
    •    Evening/weekend social and recreational events.

    About Breakthrough Clubhouse 
    The Clubhouse Model is a unique program serving 386 people with mental illness in 2018.  It’s one of four primary programs of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services. Breakthrough has been an accredited Clubhouse since 1997 and continues to be the only one in Kansas. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.  


  • Mental Health Funding for certified Clubhouses as identified and funded by the Lottery Vending Machine legislation that became law in 2018.

  • Drawing from our history, our new name is "Breakthrough."

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Getting Your Teens to Volunteer

Over 100 million Americans are expected to serve their communities in honor of 9/11 this year. It’s hard to believe the many teens of today have little personal recollection of the significance of the events that transpired ten years ago. Sometimes it’s challenging to get teens motivated to volunteer among their other activities. If a sense of fulfillment and psychological benefits of philanthropy aren’t enough motivation for your teen, try the financial approach. More and more organizations are giving away scholarships and prize money to outstanding teen volunteers. Here are a few to investigate.

Heroes of the Heart
After being thrown from a horse and becoming a quadriplegic in 1995, Christopher Reeve founded the Christopher Reeve foundation and with it a yearly scholarship award. The scholarship is given to a student—nominated by a non-family member—who has shown strength, courage and compassion while serving his or her community.

The recipient of The Heroes of the Heart Christopher Reeve Award earns $1 thousand to be used for post secondary education.

Kohl’s Cares
Kohl’s rewards over two thousand kids whose volunteer efforts led them to create a project that had strong positive impact on their community. The project must have occurred within the last year.

Each level earns a prize—store winners receive a gift certificate to Kohl’s, regional winners are awarded a $1 thousand scholarship for college and national winners are awarded a $10 thousand scholarship for their post-secondary education and Kohl’s donates $1 thousand to a non-profit of the national Kohl’s Cares Scholarship winner’s choice.

Prudential Spirit
One of the largest scholarship awards program in the United States is the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Middle school and high school students are recognized for their outstanding volunteer efforts, and students who win at a national level receive a $5 thousand prize and an additional $5 thousand will be donated to the nonprofit organization of the winner’s choice.

Whether your teens are getting financial assistance for college from you, working their way through college or taking out a student loan, any amount of additional money toward a post-secondary education is useful.

Regardless of whether there is financial gain, you should encourage your teens to volunteer, find their passion, create a service project or get involved in a cause. In the end, you’ll help your teen and give the gift of the volunteer spirit that has made America so strong to its next generation.

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