Browsing All posts tagged under »mental-health«

Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son

February 23, 2015

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We are happy to share with you this lovely story of Bill Jones, a dear friend and supporter of Sunny Hills Services. The text of the story is pasted below from NPR’s website. In the 1960s in California, the state wanted children to be adopted into two-parent homes. But officials were having trouble placing hundreds of children, […]

The Hunt School Adds Computers to its Rich Academic Environment

March 12, 2014

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Last year Sunny Hills’ Irene M. Hunt School of Marin (the Hunt School), where more than thirty 5-17 year olds with severe emotional challenges come to learn, went through a major remodel. Some of the upgrades were structural – a new classroom was built and wheelchair ramps, landings and other accessibility improvements made the school […]

Learn the Signs: Identifying Childhood Mental Health Disorders

September 10, 2013

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If you take a look inside any of your local K-12 classrooms, it’s extremely likely that you’ll see a student who is suffering from a mental health disorder sitting amongst his or her peers. That’s because 1 out of 5 children ages 3 to 17 in the United States experience a mental health disorder in […]

Navigating Big Waves & Holding Strong

August 27, 2013

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— BAYC’s rafting trip proves to be a lot like life — As you might know, it’s not easy getting a teenager out of bed before say 11 AM.  It can be done, but young people simply aren’t wired to greet the sunrise. Last week was an exception, when a group of courageous and determined […]

Empowering Foster Youth to Follow Their Dreams: An Inside Look at the RAFA Program

May 8, 2013

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“This is the only place I’ve ever called home,” said Brittany, a 17-year old foster youth who has been living in BAYC’s transitional housing program for 6 months. In just a few weeks, Brittany will turn 18, an age she’s dreaded since entering the foster care system at age 4 when she was taken away […]

Closing the Achievement Gap: One Size Does NOT Fit All

April 15, 2013

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Closing the achievement gap in academics between at-risk, marginalized, student populations and their mainstream counterparts is the goal of a great many public and private initiatives across our country; and rightly so, as education continues to be the cornerstone for opportunities and self-sufficiency. The root causes of the achievement gap are many, and there isn’t […]

A Celebration in the Juvenile Courtroom

March 8, 2013

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The gallery in the juvenile courtroom is full. As the judge pulls the next file from his stack of juvenile probation cases, he looks up at a young man seated next to his Public Defender. His probation officer is across the room along with the District Attorney. This is a daily sight at the Sonoma […]

On Being Part of the Solution

August 16, 2012

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When horrible events happen, it’s hard not to see the world as a dark, scary, unpredictable place. But when working in support of children, particularly with vulnerable youth like those we serve at Sunny Hills, things feel more hopeful because every day we are witness to fragile young lives being shaped and strengthened in response […]

Welcome to Our Corner of the World – Thanks for Stopping By!

July 30, 2012

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For the past 117 years, Sunny Hills has been committed to improving the lives of Bay Area children who navigate a rough road. The youth we serve in each of our programs struggle with mental health issues, or need preventative support. Many are dealing with or at risk of ongoing extreme effects of abuse, neglect, […]