Mentorship: The power of being known

Shelterwood’s unique mentoring program helps support struggling teens through positive, caring relationships.  “We bring in young adult men and women who are just a few years ahead of our kids,” Elizabeth Ducker, Girls Residential Director, says. “They’ve had life experience and stepped into adulthood. They are young enough that they
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How to Talk to Teens about Snapchat and TikTok

At Shelterwood, we see the toll unlimited tech and social media access can have on teens. Unhealthy technology practices can trigger or worsen mental health struggles like depression and anxiety. They can exacerbate bullying, and leave kids feeling like there’s no safe place to escape from peer pressure and social
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Meet Kimberly Fielding

Therapist and Director of Training Kimberly Fielding says her favorite part of her job is being able to pour into the lives of her younger co-workers.  “I’ve got to give into peoples’ lives, or I’ll stagnate and wither,” Kimberly says.  It’s an advantageous perspective for someone in charge of the
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Crime victim compensation helps fund teen healing

Shelterwood walks beside families in their darkest moments, including when teenagers and their families are struggling to recover from a traumatizing crime.  LaTisha Robinson is a residential therapist with extensive experience helping victimized young people process, grieve and heal. The majority of the teens LaTisha works with have experienced some
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Meet Matt Reffitt, Director of Food Services

Matt Reffitt is Shelterwood’s new director of food services, responsible for keeping our students fed, fueled and healthy. Matt trained at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago and created in a wide variety of kitchens (hotels, restaurants, fraternity houses, and summer adventure camps) before arriving at Shelterwood this month. 
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Shelterwood Educators Care for the Whole Student

September has us reflecting on what makes academics at Shelterwood so special. We’ve written before about Shelterwood’s cutting-edge accreditation and how to prepare students for life after high school. Today, we want to look at how teaching at Shelterwood is unique as well.  Shelby Wade is Shelterwood’s Independent Studies Coordinator.
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Teen & Tech: Helping your teen connect in real life

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about teens and technology at Shelterwood. Today’s young people are deeply impacted by almost unlimited online access, smartphones and social media. Always-on technology can be a powerful tool for connection and an enemy of true social engagement. Melissa Winston is a
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