Boys and Girls Club
It was very common for Decotah to have outbursts of yelling and crying when he was agitated or frustrated. He would begin crying and yelling at the other children and youth leaders, which was very difficult to deal with. He hated to do schoolwork and refused to do any homework during Power Hour. There were times that we visited with Decotah’s family about his behaviors and with the fact that we were struggling to help him. He has opened up to them about the difficulties at home with his mom leaving the family and leaving him and his 7 siblings with their father. It has been a trying time for him to say the least.
As of today, Decotah is doing very well academically, completing his homework daily at Power Hour with the help of our youth leaders and tutors and raising his GPA consistently over the past 2 nine weeks. He has become successful in controlling his outbursts better and is doing well socially with the help of the leadership and team building activities that our leaders initiate with the students along with his involvement in SMART Moves and role play activities where he is allowed to practice reacting appropriately to a variety of situations. Decotah has been a Boys & Girls Club member for 3 ½ years now. Decotah has built an amazing relationship with his youth leaders. Decotah told us that he “loved his leaders like his family” and “feels like he is important here”.
*Names are changed to protect the client's identity