Meet Erikka Dunn

As the Girls’ House Director, Erikka Dunn’s leadership and therapeutic residential treatment experience combines perfectly with her passion for helping teen girls grow into confident, independent young women. Erikka began at Shelterwood as a Residential Manager in July and began her new position in September. She was drawn to Shelterwood
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World Mental Health Day: How You Can Help

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, an international day of recognition designed to help raise awareness and lessen the stigma of mental illness. 2018’s focus is on young people and the challenges they are facing today. In the United States, almost half of all teenagers (45.9 percent) have experienced
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Five Ways to Help Your Teen Confront Bullying

Despite nationwide efforts to fight the bullying epidemic, current research says prevalence rates are as high as 36 percent. In addition, more than one in five teens report being bullied specifically at school. Jessica Wood, licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Director at Shelterwood, says she’s seeing an increase in the
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Meet Chandler Givler

Shelterwood staff shares a vision for the heart, character and educational achievement of our students. Today, we meet one of our Mentors. Mentorship lays the groundwork for heart change and the spiritual growth of our students. Shelterwood Mentors seek to serve teens and share their faith in a way that
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Why So Many Students Refuse to Attend School

In the 2013-14 school year, over 6 million students missed 15 or more days of school, equating to 14% of the student population. Chad Smith, Shelterwood’s Program Director, is proactively addressing “chronic absenteeism” at both the student and community level. Across the nation, struggles with mental and emotional health are
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Haiti Trip Leads to Heart Change for Teens

Shelterwood’s trips to Haiti are transformative experiences for the teens of Shelterwood, and this summer’s expedition was no different. At the beginning of June, a group of teens, staff and alumni traveled on the 11th Shelterwood Haiti trip. They spent their days visiting orphanages and learning what it means to
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