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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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Coaching Youth to an Influential Victory (Win or Lose)

You might not know the first thing about a sport. “Kick the basketball at the goalie?” you ask. But even if you have little athletic ability or experience, it doesn’t mean you can’t succeed at having a positive influence in the lives of youth through sports coaching. If you don’t know much, call in some reinforcements and brush up through books or online tools. You’ll be ready to coach in no time. So grab a whistle, throw on your athletic gear and get ready to help youth succeed both now and in the long run.

Channel Your Role Model
Think of a person that has made an impact on your life. Images of a parent, teacher or coach who have taught life lessons and values are most likely at the top of the list. Whoever it may be, think about the qualities that made them a role model. It was probably something about their character, qualities or values that made them role model worthy. Now incorporate ways to harness those qualities as a coach.

Remember that a role model is born simply by accepting the position. Whether your actions are good or bad, youth can easily pick up on the signals. That’s why your actions are important at all times. Screaming at the referees or being a sore loser will only trigger those bad habits in the youth. But by acting graciously no matter the outcome and always offering an encouraging tone, the youth will also follow your lead.

Win or Lose, They’ll Still Learn
Some of the best coaches aren’t remembered for their winning streak. Instead, they are remembered because of the lessons they taught their players along the way. That means you don’t have to be an all-star athlete to succeed as a coach. As long as you’re teaching the youth teamwork and other important skills to better themselves, you’ll see not only a transformation in their athleticism but also a development in their character. You’ll feel great watching the players grow both on and off the field.

Let the Good Times Roll
Think of tee-ball games or the first age group in soccer. Kids are running around, not paying attention and probably playing the game all wrong. But the looks on their faces are priceless. That’s because they’re having fun. It can be difficult to keep an elevated level of fun as the age groups progress.

As children get older so does their competitive drive. That’s why it’s important to make sure to incorporate fun activities at practice. Try games and exercises that are different from the normal workouts to ensure that the players are still having fun. That way, you can keep their interest piqued. If you can help them have fun and succeed now then they’ll be more likely to want to keep playing in the future.

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