Brittany*, a young Black woman suffering from extensive sexual trauma and abuse, was receiving intensive therapeutic intervention services at Nexus-Woodbourne. During Brittany’s stay, she expressed an interest in becoming a social worker. Staff recognized her passion for wanting to help others and used it to build her self-confidence.
After learning about her community and the services offered to other young women with her similar experiences, Brittany started a book club with her peers. With additional support from her clinical staff and unit staff, Brittany also started “Daily Affirmations” aimed at uplifting her peers.
Planning Her Future
Brittany was very proud that she was able to obtain the real-life skills she desired for independence. She even worked on creating a vision board to help her plan for future success in college and beyond. After graduating from Nexus-Woodbourne, she enrolled in a local high school and has since gained acceptance into a community college where she is studying Human Services & Administration.
Supporting youth in developing these key life skills, in addition to providing critical intensive therapeutic treatment, help our youth to continue to thrive after leaving Nexus-Woodbourne.
*Name and some details have been changed to protect privacy.