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Organization DBA Doc Wayne
Former Names Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc. (2012)
Doc Wayne Athletic League Charitable Trust (2010)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to fuse therapy and sport to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to fuse therapy and sport to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $865,823.00
Projected Expense $865,708.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Chalk Talk
  • do the good

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Our mission is to fuse therapy and sport to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. 


Background Statement

 Established as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2010, Doc Wayne Youth Services works with over 250 youth weekly from Greater Boston, Eastern and Central Massachusetts through our unique Chalk Talk group therapy program. The youth we serve are drawn from residential mental health treatment centers and intensive therapy programs as well as low-income housing communities and public schools. They struggle with the burden of traumatic life experiences, mental illness and with the daily knowledge that very little is expected of them by anyone. In each of our programs, clinicians and therapeutic mentor coaches teach behavioral and social emotional skills in a sports setting. While playing sports, youth practice pro-social behaviors such as positive decision-making, communication skills and impulse control. These life skills help them succeed at school, at home, and in their communities. 

 
 
 


Impact Statement

Doc Wayne delivers a proven therapeutic method – and it relies on the power of sports and positive team culture. Founded in 2010, Doc Wayne brings together sports and mental health services; the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization takes a child-centric yet clinically robust approach to helping young people build self-esteem, life skills, and the ability to effect positive change in their lives. Its work has been recognized with such honors as the 2016 global Sport for Health award from London's Beyond Sport, the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Trust Inspiration Award, 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award, 2014 Root Cause Social Innovator Award, and the Providers’ Council Innovator of the Year Award.


Needs Statement

- Licensed Clinicians  
- Staff support for program (Curriculum Training Coordinator, Coaches, Monitoring and Evaluation)
- Volunteers/Interns (to assist with sessions, monitoring and evaluation)
- Coaches/mentors and stipends for them (Finding great people with a passion and drive to work with the youth we serve for an extended period of time is crucial.)  

CEO Statement

We recognize that growing numbers of difficult childhood experiences among our youth make providing a teen-friendly therapeutic outlet invaluable. In the landmark Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study, researchers noted the increased presence of adverse childhood experiences leading to a rise in risks of depression, drug addiction, suicide, obesity and a number of other mental and physical health concerns. Also noteworthy, and influential in the design of Doc Wayne's programming, is research indicating that youth are disproportionately likely to suffer some of the most severe long-term physical and psychological effects of adverse experiences. Unlike many other programs treating youth trauma victims, Doc Wayne works hard to understand youth behaviors as normative danger responses to their previous chaotic environments and provide youth with trained coaches with whom to form new caring and trusted attachments.    

Doc Wayne's therapeutic programming is designed to achieve four related objectives: (1) promoting youth participants' personal development, (2) improving their capacity for pro-social relationships, (3) maximizing their capacity for inclusion and participation in therapy and school and (4) becoming an experience that participants can apply to all aspects of their lives on and off the field of play. Notably, despite our historic focus on youth trauma victims, Doc Wayne's curriculum and objectives are consistent with the creation of more effective active citizens from among broader youth demographics and our long-term objective is to work towards this end.
 
Strategically, Doc Wayne has reached an inflection point in our organizational growth. Having for more than a decade provided therapeutic sports programming almost exclusively to youth drawn from our network of referring mental health treatment centers, our organization has in recent months become aware of increased interest in our services from numerous prospective community partners in Massachusetts. This fact, combined with ours and society’s increasing recognition of the need for trauma-sensitive interventions with youth, has led our organization to establish an initial presence as community-based alternative therapy providers in the region. 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE

Doc Wayne serves more than 250 youth weekly, drawing participants from our network of residential facilities and outreach and tracking programs throughout eastern and central Massachusetts as well as mainstream youth residing in low-income housing communities within the region. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Mental Health Treatment
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk is an off-the-field, billable group therapy program that creates a clinician-guided environment where sport is the lens through which youth examine important social and emotional issues in real-time. The curriculum teaches the principles of do the good® by both didactic and interactive approaches. In a series of weekly sessions, participants undertake written goal setting and movement-oriented exercises to develop the thoughtfulness, sense of competence, and feeling of effectiveness that are derived from positive sport participation and are essential to social development. As it is a clinical intervention, youth participants in Chalk Talk undergo a standard mental health treatment intake process through which a Doc Wayne clinician assesses prospective participants and creates individualized treatment plans that are useful in administering this program and for the purposes of third-party billing.  Chalk Talk also operates through our group practice which is recognized within the MBHP network.

Budget  $125,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Victims
Program Short-Term Success 
Like TSP, Chalk Talk was also subject to rigorous monitoring and evaluation protocol by an independent doctoral-level social scientist. Findings here similarly concluded that the program was also eliciting increases in pro-social behavior alongside decreases in conflict. Beyond this and as a clinical intervention; however, Chalk Talk utilizes a number of other outcome measures typical of mental health interventions. 
 
 
 
 
Program Long-Term Success  Chalk Talk seeks to establish an clinically well-grounded, readily-accessible community-based alternative therapy intervention that is appealing to youth. This deeply trauma-informed intervention is designed to serve as a counterpoint in alleviating the adverse experiences that are, with increasing frequency, befalling youth - none more so than those inhabiting low-income communities in our urban centers.
Program Success Monitored By 

Chalk Talk Groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in the employ of Doc Wayne. These counselors are responsible for administering the above mechanisms for impact evaluation through session observation as well as consultation with the participant and her family.

Examples of Program Success 
Several weeks into a season of Chalk Talk in South Boston this autumn, an 8 year-old participant - himself a product of the projects- was asked, based upon his experience in Chalk Talk, what he thought was the key to good living. Sitting up, this little boy reflected before looking around at his peers and exclaiming, "I think we just have to have faith. Faith in ourselves. Because if we don't have that, what do we have?" Truer words were never spoken.
  

do the good

A therapeutic life skills curriculum, do the good, is delivered by trained coaches and clinicians who reinforce players' positive behaviors with slogans and team sports.  The curriculum is about assisting young people to find their positive path - to a place where they feel effective and achieve goals without doing harm to anyone else.  The program is based on dialectical behavior therapy and The Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework.
Budget  $190,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Victims At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

The do the good curriculum has a significant impact on participants within one season of play. An evaluation was conducted on the our program showing this significant positive impact. Of note was that the Doc Wayne participants’ behaviors were more negative than the comparison students.  

-  At the start of the season, players had an average of 2.6 conflicts/game. At the end of the season, they had approximately 1.6.
- At the start of the season, players engaged in helping behaviors 1.16 times/game; at the end of the season, these behaviors occurred 7.6 times/games.
- At the start of the season, players provided encouragement to one another an average of 17.6 times/game; at the end of the season, encouragement was offered 24.3 times/game. significantly fewer restraints at the seasons’ conclusions than their non-participating counterparts. 
- Program participants had statisticallyParticipants in the program improved over time; students not in the program did not show this improvement. 
Program Long-Term Success 

Experiencing Doc Wayne enables youth to try something new and become a part of an inclusive environment.  Because of the nature of trauma, connecting with these youth is not an easy task. When provided an opportunity to play and share positive time with their peers, certain barriers begin to come down and adjustments in their demeanor become evident.  Expected outcomes include:

- Commitment to their group and self
-  Openness to trying something new
-  Building a stronger support group utilizing peers and coaches
-  Gaining greater self-esteem and an understanding that they are relevant and can set and accomplish goals
- Sportsmanship and fair play
-  Emotional and behavioral regulation
- Willingness to take calculated risks
-  Developing an understanding of one’s strengths and competencies
-  Developing empathy
-  Self-awareness  
 
Doc Wayne interventions are very effective on the fields, where violence is a rarity and this carries over into their therapeutic settings.
Program Success Monitored By 

We are not just a program that offers sports as an outlet to these youth. We use CQI (continuous quality improvement) as a process to help create and define our program level goals. By striving to be a learning organization, our continual improvement impacts the youth we serve and our sport-based stabilization model. The ability to provide research and data to programs that serve youth makes us unique and a valuable resource to all who seek solutions to societal problems.

Our program is evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies through observation of trainings, focus groups, and student mental health and behavioral data. Observation of both students and coaches are used to determine whether coaches are implementing the program effectively, and if implementation of the curriculum leads to a student's DtG-related behavior.

Outcomes are measured using the following assessments:

- Child Behavior Checklist, Restraint data in the residence, Physical activity, Grades, In-depth behavior observation during games.

 

Examples of Program Success 
Our daughter is in residence at a facility for young people with concurrent diagnoses and other serious emotional disorders. She has had a long and difficult life in her short 16 years, and seldom has had the opportunity to enjoy typical teenage activities. Her involvement in Doc Wayne has allowed her to participate in an endeavor, which has traditionally been beyond her. They provide an environment for fragile children to be part of a team, be immediately supported in moments of stress, survive in a large group setting, develop athletic skills and grow in a sense of their own worth. Our child has experienced all this and is proud of this new success in her life. We often comment as we watch her play that this is a miracle to see our daughter playing on a team, supporting her teammates and sharing in the warm-up and post-game activities. We remain permanently grateful to the Doc Wayne Program for this gift to our daughter.
 
Peter R. – Doc Wayne parent

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. David S Cohen
CEO Term Start Aug 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience David is managing and overseeing the Doc Wayne operation while exploring ways to broaden the organizations reach to more youth on a national and global scale. In his career of over 20 years in the business and non-profit sectors, he has specialized in developing new business, building partner relationships, while sharpening organizational outreach. David is a former college soccer player that has been deeply involved in sports-based youth development since 2008. He is also the founder of Playing It Forward, Inc., a non-profit that provides sports equipment to thousands of disadvantaged children around the world. Under David's leadership, Doc Wayne was selected as the winner of the global Sport for Health Award from London's Beyond Sport as well the recipient of the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Trust Inspiration Award.  They have also been recognized as a Pioneer by the Ashoka Changemakers for Children's Well-Being.  Additionally the organization was named the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award winner as an Influential Leader and Model For Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sport. In 2014, organization was selected as a Social Innovator by Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum in the category of Breaking Down Barriers To Effective Mental Health Services. The organization was also selected as the 2014 Innovator of the Year for the Providers' Council. In 2015 he was selected as a Carmax 'Bright Side of Game Day' Community Hero and in 2012 he was the Major League Soccer (MLS W.O.R.K.S.) New England Community MVP.  David has a BS from Babson College and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jonathan Baum Clinical Services Coordinator --
Rebekah Conway Roulier General Manager --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Inspiration Award Margaret Stewart Lindsay Trust 2016
Pioneer for Children's Well-Being Ashoka Changemakers 2016
Winner of global Sport for Health Award Beyond Sport 2016
Sports Award as an Influential leader and model for others making communities healthier through sports Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2015
1 of 7 Hottest New Non-Profits in New England TUGG - Technology Underwriting Greater Good 2014
2014 Social Innovator - Breaking Down Barriers To Effective Mental Health Services Root Cause - Social Innovation Forum 2014
Innovator of the Year Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers 2014
MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP Major League Soccer 2012
Nominated for social inclusion CLASSY Awards 2012
2010 Advancement Award The Boston Club 2010

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Associated Grant Makers 2017
Metrowest Nonprofit Network 2013
Children’s League of Massachusetts 2010
Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers 2010
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Doc Wayne serves more than 250 youth weekly, drawing participants from our network of residential facilities and outreach and tracking programs throughout eastern and central Massachusetts as well as mainstream youth residing in low-income housing developments within Greater Boston. Referring institutions in the Doc Wayne network have included The Key Program, Gardner Pilot Academy, John Winthrop Elementary, Sarah Greenwood Elementary, Holmes Elementary, McKinley South End Academy, Italian Home for Children, the Tierney Learning Center, Beacon Communities, Boston Green Academy, Wayside Youth and Family, Framingham Housing Authority, Cambridge Public Schools, Framingham Public Schools and Community Rowing. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 17
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Christopher Ernest
Board Chair Company Affiliation BlumShapiro
Board Chair Term Feb 2014 - Feb 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Randy Barth Honce Oui Voting
Carol Clark Marketing Executive & Consultant Voting
David S Cohen Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc. Voting
Avi Dines MSLGROUP Voting
Christopher S Ernest BlumShapiro Voting
Brian Fetky Major Gifts Officer, Stonehill College Voting
Craig Gordon Communities for People Voting
Travis Hall Admirals Bank Voting
Kayla Harrison US Olympic Gold Medalist (Judo) Voting
Joseph Leavey Communities for People, Inc. Voting
Eric Reddy Bidding For Good Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $865,823.00
Projected Expense $865,708.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $775,759 $325,187 $260,315
Total Expenses $606,531 $369,058 $286,253

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $69,375 $67,190 $51,005
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $69,375 $67,190 $51,005
Individual Contributions $494,860 $165,494 $154,232
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $167,487 $90,705 $55,073
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $5
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $30,887 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $13,150 $1,798 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $439,426 $259,785 $219,511
Administration Expense $84,835 $44,645 $41,968
Fundraising Expense $82,270 $64,628 $24,774
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.28 0.88 0.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 70% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 14% 28% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $402,324 $236,164 $388,946
Current Assets $314,771 $140,884 $375,697
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $6,940 $10,008 $118,919
Total Net Assets $395,384 $226,156 $270,027

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 45.36 14.08 3.16

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
Doc Wayne Athletic League Charitable Trust (the Agency) was formed on November 29, 2007, to provide a sports based therapeutic program for adolescents whose lives have been disrupted due to emotional and behavioral disabilities.
 
The Agency was related to Justice Resource Institute, Inc. (JRI), a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation, through common control until January 1, 2011, when JRI relinquished control of the Agency. Prior to relinquishing control, JRI made a contribution of $260,000 to the Agency.
 
In December, 2010, Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc. (DWAL), a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation, was established. DWAL applied for nonprofit status and its application was approved by the IRS on September 8th, 2011. DWAL's operations and mission will be consistent with those of the Agency. DWAL had no activity as of and for the year ended June, 30, 2011. In fiscal year 2012, all assets and liabilities of the Agency were transferred to DWAL and the Agency was dissolved.

Documents


Other Documents

Brochure (2014)

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Data from the 2012 MetroWest Adolescent Survey indicate that 28-29% of high school youth survey report feeling “very” stressed in the past 30 days, and that 13% have talked to a parent or other adult outside of school about feeling sad or hopeless, or having thoughts about hurting themselves in the past 12 months. The report notes that, “Levels of suicidality are concerning across the region and state, with more than one in seven youth both in MetroWest and in Massachusetts reporting that they seriously considered suicide in the past year.”

Younger children, such as the 6-13 age group targeted by our Chalk Talk group therapy program can benefit from early intervention – though it can be very challenging to engage young people in conventional “talk therapy.”

Doc Wayne Youth Services works primarily with youth who suffer from a variety of mental health challenges and may have been victims of neglect, abuse, violent crime or sexual trafficking. Overall, one in five children under the age of 19 suffers from a mental illness that impairs how they function at home, at school, and with peers, but only 20-34% receive treatment. While Massachusetts has the nation’s highest rates of children screened for behavioral health issues, doctors and advocates interviewed on the subject in late 2013 by the Boston Globe reported that many of these children and youth were not receiving appropriate treatment. Obstacles included stigma, transportation, language barriers and reluctance to engage in treatment.

Our two-year goal is to: (a) reduce the number of youth and collaborative partners on our wait list (b) build the organizational capacity of Doc Wayne to continue to grow our third-party reimbursement and state contracts (c) focus efforts in early 2017 for a strategic planning phase to assist defining our path for the next 3-5 years.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

If you were to walk into one of Doc Wayne’s weekly Chalk Talk sessions, you would see a group of energetic youth using a makeshift gym to play sports. It could be any rec league or a gym class, and yet beneath the surface, there’s much more at play. This group of kids playing sports is, in fact, a group therapy session; there are clinicians and coaches and basketball is only a tool.”

- Root Cause, Meet Doc Wayne Youth Services, a 2014 Social Innovator

You don’t need a Ph.D. in psychology to know that a lot of youth love sports. The big idea behind Doc Wayne Youth Services is that sport and therapy can be combined to heal and strengthen youth who struggle with mental illness, whether they’re in residential treatment or living in the community. Doc Wayne works primarily with youth who suffer from a variety of mental health challenges, including victims of neglect, abuse, violent crime and sexual trafficking.

We have powerful evidence that this approach works. A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Family Violence (2013), found that the Doc Wayne sports therapy program “had a significant positive impact on behavior and mental health.” The principal investigator for the study noted that Doc Wayne “stands with few peers nationwide which can demonstrate such significant impacts with this population.

Doc Wayne is a small organization, but our capacity for impact is being increasingly recognized. In 2016, we winners of the global Sport for Health award from London's Beyond Sport.  In 2015, we were selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the winner of their Sports Award, given to an organization that is an "Influential Leader and Model for Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sports."  Root Cause named us its 2014 Social Innovator in the category of “Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services.” In its award, Doc Wayne was cited for “changing the way youth access mental health services by providing an innovative and researched approach.” We reached 600 kids last year with our two key programs.

Our Chalk Talk groups are challenging the norm of traditional talk therapy and provide a clinical therapy outlet free of the restrictions of the clinician’s office, where youth work towards treatment goals in a sports environment in which they are excited to participate.