Foundation for Buffalo County Classrooms

Foundation for Buffalo County Classrooms

Buffalo County schools and childcare centers continue to use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) tools to help children thrive both in the classroom and in life. Since the fall of 2014, Buffalo County schools and early learning childcare facilities have been implementing an SEL curriculum, Second Step. The Second Step curriculum gives students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom by challenging them in emotion management, situational...

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Second Step Program Yields Excellent Results

Second Step Program Yields Excellent Results

Since the fall of 2014, Buffalo County schools and childcare facilities have been implementing a social emotional learning curriculum called Second Step. This curriculum gives students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom by challenging them in emotion management, situational awareness and academic achievement.   Buffalo County Utilization There are currently 109 Second Step kits being utilized in our county. Thirty-six different...

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Violence Prevention Hosts Coaches Training

Violence Prevention Hosts Coaches Training

One of the HealthyMINDS Collaborative’s partners, The S.A.F.E. Center, recently hosted Nebraska’s first regional training of Coaching Boys Into Men. This training is a strategy of the HealthyMINDS violence prevention group, who is working together to reduce youth violence in Buffalo County.One of the HealthyMINDS Collaborative’s partners, The S.A.F.E. Center, recently hosted Nebraska’s first regional training of Coaching Boys Into...

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Work in Buffalo County Schools Fall 2017

Work in Buffalo County Schools Fall 2017

 Buffalo County Community Partners has been working with Buffalo County schools to support the mental and physical development of students. The HealthyMINDS collaborative has implemented a social emotional learning program called Second Step in some Buffalo County childcare facilities and early learning classrooms, and recently Community Partners bought 88 new Second Step kits for Kearney Public Schools to start implementing the curriculum in...

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2017 PhotoVoice Reception

2017 PhotoVoice Reception

We celebrated the 2016 -2017 PhotoVoice participants with a reception at CHI Health Good Samaritan. The participants picked their top two photos to be displayed in the walkway of the North Tower. The PhotoVoice program is an eight week program consisting of lessons once a week. The participant is given a camera to use for the class and at the end gets to keep the camera. This program is designed to teach the participants to view life from a new...

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Pyramid Model Childcare Providers Meeting

Pyramid Model Childcare Providers Meeting

The Rooted In Relationships committee hosted a meeting for 17 childcare providers, who are interested in implementing the early childhood pyramid model. This model supports home and center based childcare providers by offering coaching to build social, emotional development of young children (ages 0-8). Patti Roberts, director of Roberts Early Childhood Consulting said, “This meeting gave Buffalo County childcare providers and center directors...

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HealthyMINDS help KPS hire Behavioral Health Coaches

HealthyMINDS help KPS hire Behavioral Health Coaches

Mental and behavioral health are two areas Buffalo County is wanting to work on. Our collaborative HealthyMINDS has worked with Kearney Public School to get two behavioral health coaches hired for two elementary schools. This is just a pilot. The group will evaluate the model at the end of a year, and see if it can be implemented in all Buffalo County Schools.  Wade Goodwin and Abree Taillon have been contracted as the new Behavioral Health...

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300 Community Members Gather for Hope & Healing

300 Community Members Gather for Hope & Healing

More than 300 community members joined in March to listen to panelist speak messages of hope and healing. Community Partners Suicide Prevention group heard the community say they needed to be connected to local resources and have a place to speak about their fears and concerns about suicide and suicide prevention. The group selected a series of panelist ranging from mental health proffesionals to school teachers and a police officer, to talk...

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Start a conversation, local resources are available

A community’s response in support of our youth and adults is important when working together to prevent suicide.  Leaders of the Buffalo County Suicide Prevention Coalition are hosting their 2nd coalition meeting on Friday, January 20 at 10-11a.m. at Buffalo County Community Partners Conference Room.  The purpose of this meeting is to bring community members together to discuss the signs of suicide and to achieve a greater understanding of ways...

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Emerging Suicide Prevention and Behavioral Health Issues Bring New Collaborative

Emerging Suicide  Prevention and Behavioral Health Issues Bring New Collaborative

Community Partners Board launches a new behavioral health collaborative, HealthyMINDS, focused on improving health outcomes from birth to 18 years of age. This summer, grant funders and other community stakeholders invited Buffalo County Community Partners Board to develop new coalitions for early childhood behavioral health, suicide prevention and school mental health. Community Partner’s Board asked key community stakeholders to join together...

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