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Mental Health Minute: Venus Williams on Mental Health: Being Tough Means Taking Care of My Whole Self

September 13, 2021

How do we fight the stigma surrounding mental health?  In a blog post, NAMI leads with the importance of talking openly about mental health. With this in mind, it has been encouraging to see some of our “strongest” athletes talk about their mental health journey, the importance of reaching out for support, and the fact […]

Creating Calming Rooms

August 25, 2021

A Calming Room is a space that is meant to be a supportive therapeutic environment which assists children in self-calming efforts by offering them a designated space to relax and self-regulate. It is a designated place designed to calm the senses where the student can experience calming visual, auditory, and tactile stimuli. Items that should […]

Fall Letter from the CEO

August 17, 2020

Since Alexander Youth Network’s inception in 1988, we have remained steadfast though times of national upheaval. And during all of those times, Alexander has looked for ways to enhance its services to better respond to the needs of children and their families. Today is no different! As our country faces a world-wide pandemic, as well […]

The Love of Music – Providing Self-Expression to Children at Alexander Youth Network

March 11, 2019

One staff member’s love of music has provided coping to the children of Alexander Youth Network. “I play music in my classroom most of the day. They even ask me to play jazz for them now.” – Dorian Jones, Certified Drumming Therapist. Dorian Jones started at Alexander working third shift on the weekends. After 10 […]

5 Arguments for Virtual Case Management at Alexander Youth Network

February 7, 2019

Alexander Youth Network Manages Behavioral Health Services – Before, During, and After Treatment. Alexander Youth Network is unique in that it offers an integrated behavioral service model for children and families. Through our model, we are able to provide children and their families a variety of services without having to transfer them or their families […]

Healing Children While Helping Dogs

January 30, 2019

How Alexander’s Bark and Heal program is innovating pet therapy to heal children affected by trauma “The youth, in general, have had a natural instinct to want to care for the dogs. They have experienced an empathic response, unlike that with their peers.” – Lori Douglas, Program Director of the Bark and Heal program at […]

Gimme a Beat!

August 29, 2017

  Have you ever found yourself completely lost in a song or piece of music, perhaps bopping your head or walking in step to the beat? There’s a reason why. Joe Heritage, lead trainer at Alexander Youth Network, explains that “Research suggests that music can positively influence brain function, mood, pulse rate, respiration, blood pressure, […]

Giving is Living

August 29, 2017

This past July, the Forest Hill Middle School Urban Serve group brought to life the old adage that your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give. The teens joined us for a three-day campus beautification service project that included painting benches, refreshing the children’s garden, laying mulch and more. Laura Wilson and […]

Tips for Back to School Success

August 29, 2017

It’s that time again. The start of the school year can bring excitement, as well as fear and anxiety. Back-to-school time can be exceptionally difficult for the 20 percent of children who suffer from mental health challenges. The ability to sit still, get organized, adapt to a new schedule can be overwhelming for children with anxiety […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Cynthia Peace, Ebenezer Baptist Church

April 22, 2016

During National Volunteer Week (April 10 – 16), Alexander Youth Network featured Ebenezer Baptist Church on its Facebook page, highlighting the church’s visit to our Charlotte campus during Easter and doing an Easter egg hunt with kids in our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). We met with Ebenezer Baptist Church group leader Cynthia Peace and […]

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