With community needs rising as a result of the pandemic, Inspira IMPACT’s Family Success Centers are a valuable community resource providing support for families in need. They offer an array of free services ranging from legal and housing assistance to parenting and financial courses to obtaining household items and food. We talked to Brenda Smaniotto, Administrative Director of Inspira’s IMPACT Program, to learn more about the Family Success Centers and how they have been able to service the community during the pandemic.
Adolescents are faced with their own medical and mental health challenges, which have been amplified over the past two years. Inspira IMPACT’s School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) takes a holistic approach to preventive care by providing onsite resources at school for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
What is Inspira IMPACT?
Inspira IMPACT provides services for children of all ages and their families across Cumberland County. Through grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, they offer various programs including:
- Parent Linking Program, supporting teen parents at Vineland High School
- School Based Youth Services Programs, supporting teens at Vineland and Millville High Schools as well as Wallace Middle School in Vineland
- Family Success Centers, enrichment program for the families of Commercial Township, Laurel Lake and Vineland areas
- Cumberland County Council for Young Children, a health-focused council for parents, caregivers and community members in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland
- Early Intervention services
What is Inspira IMPACT’s School Based Youth Services Program?
A subset of the IMPACT program, the School Based Youth Services Program is funded through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and is a collaboration between the Millville and Vineland Public School systems and Inspira Health. Nurse practitioners and social workers provide on-site medical services and mental health counseling as well as a plethora of enrichment activities to support the students’ emotional well-being. The program provides job readiness skills, resume writing and assistance with job searches, substance abuse prevention education and pregnancy prevention education, in addition to after-school clubs and recreational activities. The goal of the SBYSP is to help young teens navigate their adolescent years, graduate healthy and drug-free and obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education.
“We strive to make an impact on the community by preparing teens for the challenges of daily life through preventive care and education,” said Brenda Smaniotto, administrative director of Inspira’s IMPACT programs. “It’s extremely rewarding to have the opportunity to be a part of the continued personal growth and development of these students over the years,” said Smaniotto.
School Based Youth services are offered on-site at Millville High School, Vineland High School and Wallace Middle School and include:
- Mental health services
- Healthy youth development
- Primary and preventive health services
- Employment services
- Substance abuse prevention education
- Pregnancy prevention programs
- Learning support services
- Referrals to community-based service providers
- Recreation/enrichment activities
Inspira’s SBYSP offers all of its services free of charge. To enroll in the program, all participants must attend Wallace Middle School, Millville, or Vineland High School and have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.
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