After-school program helps at-risk students

Gwen Tallman, after-school program coordinator. (Photo submitted)

By GWEN TALLMAN

I am the Behavioral Health After-School Program coordinator. The Behavioral Health After School Programs are sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery counties and serve youth between the ages of 5 and 15.

Youth eligible, are living with a mental health diagnosis, or have an emotional or behavioral disorder. Children at risk for educational failure, alcohol or’ substance abuse, or illegal activities are also eligible. The goal is to provide children with constructive after school activities that promote the confidence and skills necessary to enhance their abilities for individual success. The children participate in group social activities, team and individual skill building, community service outings and receive continued support from the after-school program staff.

Quarterly family events are held throughout the year. Activities are provided that promote family involvement such as bowling or craft projects.

The Fulton County After-School Program is in session on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Gloversville and the Montgomery County after-school program is held on Tuesday and Thursday in Amsterdam. Transportation from school to program and then home is provided. There is no cost to attend the after school program.

A six week summer program is also available to a limited number of students from each county. Participants have the opportunity to learn and experience new attractions through museum trips and beach activities. Lunch and snacks are provided. The cost for the summer program is $30 per child.

Referrals to the program are accepted from therapists, school personnel, counselors, or other service providers who work directly with the child.

For more information, call Tallman at (518) 762-5332, Ext. 110.

Gwen Tallman is program coordinator for the Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery Counties Behavioral Health After-School Program.

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