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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    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.  

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  • 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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Four Reasons to Participate in National Mentoring Month

The youth of today will be tomorrow’s leaders, educators and influencers. But before they get there they have a different role to fulfill—being kids. And as kids grow, it’s important for them to have influential adult figures in their life. With numerous problems that plague youth growing up, it’s more important than ever to help set an example.

A new year is the perfect time to start mentoring. January is National Mentoring Month, but that’s just a reason to start engaging in mentor activities. Here are four reasons to be a mentor, and to continue mentoring all year round. You’ll not only feel great about making a difference in somebody’s life, but you’ll hopefully create bonds with youth that will last a lifetime.

To Instill Good Values
Our nation’s youth are at an impressionable time in their lives. That’s why mentoring for any elementary to high school age student could make a bigger impact than what meets the eye. Even if you’ve only got a few hours a week to spare, small amounts of time can make a big difference. Give them a bright future by setting an example. Plus, you’ll learn a thing or two from them that you might not have expected.

To Stand Up to Bullying
According to Stopbullying.gov, most bullying occurs during or after school hours, which is typically the time that a mentor would be present. By taking up a block of time during that school day or after school, you’re discouraging bullying from happening to your mentee, or from your mentee participating. If any occasions arise to discuss the importance of putting an end to bullying, take the opportunity to address the situation.

As a mentor, be wary of the signs of bullying. If your mentee has any unexplainable injuries, sudden avoidance of social situations or other behaviors out of character, seek help. And even if your mentee hasn’t experienced bullying, make sure to educate them so they know what to do if a situation does arise.

To Encourage Lifelong Health and Wellness
Although it isn’t a problem with all of today’s youth, childhood obesity has become a growing trend in the United States. Help instill good exercise habits early in your mentee’s life so that they will continue to practice those habits later on in life.

Instead of always sitting down to chat with your mentee, get active. Play games, run around and let them be kids. Even if you aren’t a sports guru, let your mentee teach you some different games. Whether or not you follow the rules or end up making a fool or yourself, the important part is that your mentee learns to stay active.

To Discourage Bad Habits
Statistics don’t lie. And an impact study conducted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation boasts some telling stats. Research showed that youth who spent time with a caring adult mentor regularly for at least one year were less likely than other youth to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, as well as skipping school or class. Plus, the study revealed that students were generally more trusting of their parents or guardians.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way