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Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Bunt

February 12, 2018

One person can change a life forever. That’s what Nancy Bunt does with children at Alexander through Reiki, meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques. It all started with ‘Dan the Artist’, a young man who visited Nancy’s second grade classroom just once to lead the class in a guided relaxation exercise. That one moment solidified meditation […]

AYN legacy gift Helen Solomon

Service for a Lifetime, Impact for Forever

February 12, 2018

“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” – Judy Blume You just don’t see many 90-year old women driving a burnt orange Hummer. And if you called it orange, friends say Hazel would remind you it was in fact ‘Solar Flare’. Often spotted jumping into her mammoth vehicle for a quick trip from […]

Bark and Heal therapeutic activity

Bark and Heal

February 12, 2018

There is a special magic that happens when children and dogs connect. An exciting new one-of-a-kind pilot program at Alexander Youth Network launched in January 2018 to accomplish just that. The Bark and Heal program, offered through the support of Furbabies Animal Rescue, pairs dogs in need of adoption with children in our Psychiatric Residential […]

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, posture, […]

Cruising with TIAA

August 29, 2017

Albert Einstein hit the nail on the head when he said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” The use of bicycles not only provides an excellent outlet for the big emotions children at Alexander Youth Network often experience, but the simple act of pedaling has actually been […]

Dr. Kamilah McKissick

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: Carole and Larry Nicholson

February 2, 2017

Meet Alexander volunteers Carole and Larry Nicholson. They moved to Charlotte from Tennessee and have been living here for 20 years. Carole, now a retired community volunteer, used to work in advertising and marketing and Larry works in the bank security industry. They have two boys and three grandchildren ages 9, 7 and 1 month […]

Speedway Children’s Charities Grant Helps Occupational Therapy Program

February 2, 2017

Thank you to Speedway Children’s Charities for providing a $17,930 grant to Alexander Youth Network’s Occupational Therapy program. The funding will help provide the tools to create a calming and healing environment for the kids, including floors, lighting, storage and furniture. In addition, the funds will allow the purchase of necessary activities and supplies, including publications, deep-pressure rolling pins, […]

Pressly Williams AYN volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight: Pressly Williams

September 13, 2016

Meet Alexander volunteer Pressly Williams. Pressly is 25 years old and grew up a couple of miles from Alexander. After college, she joined the family business (Renfrow Hardware). She also operates and manages a small farm in downtown Matthews called Renfrow Farms which sells fruits, vegetables, flowers and honey. She has been married to her […]

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