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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easter Egg Hunt

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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