Host, Monica Nelson takes Arizona Living to the Swift Kids Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and talks to staff about the role Boys and Girls Clubs play in the lives of over 30 thousand youth and teens.
Bob Magnin, Director of Impact and Outreach Programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix explains what the summer programs have to offer. With clubs located in the areas of the city where services are limited for kids during out of school times, the organization serves youth ages 5 to 15. They offer social recreation activities, art projects, and academic success programs, as well as sports and fitness. They work with the whole child to insure the children are healthy and strong and have a strong sense of community and service to the community. They also want the children to have a strong awareness of the arts.
The Xtronaunt program is tied to the academic success program and attached to a NASA space mission due to launch in September, travel to asteroids, collect samples and bring them back. The goal is to educate kids to what space exploration is all about, from the science side of it to the personnel side.
For Magnin, a neat part of the Xtronaunt program is it is being brought to the center by a former club kid who grew up in the organization, Dr. Dante Lauretta. Dr. Lauretta is in charge of the NASA mission. Magnin says when Dr. Lauretta wanted to educate kids about space exploration; it was natural to bring it to the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Dr. Lauretta, Director of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission says he is excited to bring the Xtronaunt program to the Metro Phoenix Boys & Girls Clubs because it is connects a real space mission that is being led right here in the state of Arizona, to fundamental STEM discipline. It is a great way for kids to learn about all the opportunities in the STEM fields.
The kids involved in the Xtronaunt program and the activities of Boys and Girls Clubs enjoy the hands on activities and the chance to learn new things.
Magnin is grateful to Cox for the support in the area of technology. The new computer lab provided what was needed from hardware and software to staff training. He says the programs would not be possible without the support from Cox.
For more information visit bgcmp.org
Chronic pain can disrupt lives but a new therapy can help.
Wave Therapy is sound wave therapy. Brett Marshall is a consultant for Wave Therapy and he explains Wave Therapy is a class 1 medical devise. To experience the benefits clients sit in front of the devise while it emits low frequency sound waves that permeate the body. From his own experience Marshall says the procedure reduces inflammation and improves circulation.
Chiropractor, Dr. Michael Robb, of Fix 24 Wellness Studio, explains his practice is helping patients with trauma which produces spinal stenosis and/or peripheral neuropathy causing chronic pain.
His background in nuclear engineering has made him keenly aware of the benefits of Wave Therapy. He says some people confuse advanced technology with hocus pocus, but Wave Therapy is sound science. The research shows Wave Therapy increases blood flow and decreases inflammation and pain. His specialty is dealing with chronic and acute pain and he thinks Wave Therapy is a scientifically non-invasive way to treat many types of pain. Dr. Robb says patients don’t want surgery and they don’t want drugs. They are looking for less invasive ways to get their health back and Wave Therapy can do that.
For information visit wavetherapyaz.com or call 602-283-3113
In the teen center at Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Phoenix, program manager of the Swift Kids Branch, Evelia McClarty explains what it has to offer teens. All locations are open M-F. On the youth side they are open from 7 AM to 6 PM and the teen center is open 12 PM to 8 PM. All the programs fall into three areas; Academic Success, Character and Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles. The Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls programs teach teens about becoming men and women. They also do a financial literacy program, Money Matters, with skills covering budgeting money and managing a bank account.
When kids register for the Day Camp programs, the youth are provided breakfast, lunch and snacks and the teens are provided dinner in the evening.
McClarty says it is important to keep both youth and teens engaged throughout the summer and Boys and Girls Clubs do that with their educational programs and activities. The teen program at McClarty’s center sees 60-75 teens come through on a daily basis.
For a list contact information and the locations of Boys & Girls Clubs Metro Phoenix go to bgcmp.org.
What is My Guy Referrals and how do I use it? To answer these questions, Trisha Kelly, owner of My Guy Referrals, talks with spokesperson Lisa Haffner about the directory.
Kelly says the directory is convenient to use. When the emergency of a plumbing, air conditioning or appliance issue happens there is no time to research a company because the situation demands a solution. The convenience of the paper directory is it can be carried in a purse or backpack or kept in the glove compartment of a car. The directory is full of five star rated companies recommended by My Guy because they have taken the time to do all the research.
Consumers like the paper directory because it is handy and can be accessed without going to the computer and entering a lot of information for a search. It can be trusted and there are many categories to pick from.
A Real Estate agent likes to carry it in her car and share it with clients when there are needed repairs. Another likes the “on-the-go” services. If the car breaks down on the side of the road the directory has who he needs to call.
In addition to the paper copy of the My Guy Referrals Directory, a mobile directory is available. The mobile directory contains the same information but it can be downloaded and it is with consumers wherever they go. Or, of course there is the website myguy.com or that melodic phone number, 602-867-5309.
The companies in the directory have gone through a rigorous process to get in the My Guy Referrals Directory. The companies must:
- Be licensed and bonded
- Have proof of insurance
- Have an acceptable rating with the Better Business Bureau
- Be in good standing with the State of Arizona and/or Registrar of Contractors
- Be in business for 5+ years
- Pass interview process of company owner/president and other key people
- Have online reputation/customer experience researched
- Be approved by My Guy investigative board
My Guy Referrals is a free service and has referrals for all of life’s needs.
Visit myguy.com or call 602-867-5309
Mary Lou Jennings, Animal Assisted Therapy Coordinator at PCH, explains the PetSmart Paws Can Heal Program. The program grew out of a need to be therapeutic for their patients. Jennings says they know dogs make children happy. Dogs make them more interested in doing the hard work they have to do while they are getting better. The human to animal bond is very strong and it is motivating. Research has shown the strong connection between dogs and humans. Dogs have a sense and can recognize human facial expressions and nonverbal body language. The dogs seem to know what the patients need.
Founded in 2004 the Paws program followed a former animal therapy program. The efforts became more focused and expanded from five therapy dog teams to 50 teams. The program looks forward to having 75 therapy dog teams.
The therapy dogs are specially trained. They are used to help and motivate the patients achieve specific goals for the day. It could be taking their meds when they don’t want to, or eating, or sitting up after surgery. Being mobile and getting strong enough to go home are some of what the therapy dogs help with. The dogs offer another means for the staff to help children. Of course offering comfort and companionship and bringing smiles to faces is healing too.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the PetSmart Paws Can Heal Program are offering hope, healing and care for patients and their families.
For information visit phoenixchildrens.org
The series on Make-A-Wish continues with Rebecca’s story. Rebecca is an eight-year-old girl who likes to draw and read. Her mother describes Rebecca as happy, strong and kind to everyone. She says Rebecca loves school, she can’t wait to go each day and her homework is her top priority when she gets home.
When Rebecca grows up she says she wants to be a teacher because they love their students and they get to teach and help others.
Rebecca’s dad explains her uniqueness. She is a surviving twin. When she was an infant she seemed to have a cold and her mother took her to the doctor. The Dr. wasn’t too concerned about the cold but was alarmed by Rebecca’s rapid heart rate. She was hospitalized and diagnosed with atrial septal defect, a hole in her heart.
Rebecca’s mom contacted Make-A-Wish as a means to lift their spirits. A trip to Disney World; riding the rides, meeting the princesses, and seeing Mickey and Minnie are what Rebecca wants to do.
Mom and dad say Make-A-Wish has been wonderful. They are grateful for the love that has been shown to their family and want to thank the organization for bringing happiness to kids and their families.
Visit arizona.wish.org for more information