Entries by Elizabeth Ruf

March Student of the Month

    Meet Yavin Hines, our March Student of the Month. Yavin is in the 10th grade, and is involved in track, lacrosse, distinct youth, and kappa league at his school. We asked Yavin a couple of questions about his time at the WELL.         Q: What is your favorite thing about […]

Student Spotlight!

Meet Katherine Madrid, our February Student of the Month!   She’s a 9th grader and likes the WELL because she can get help if she needs it. The WELL has helped Katherine with her concentration, allowing her to complete all of her homework.  When she’s not at the WELL, Katherine participates in the Mock Trial Club […]

February Volunteer of the Month!

Gary Coleman is our volunteer of the month for February! He started volunteering at the WELL in October of 2015.  We asked him a few questions:   The WELL: “What is the most rewarding thing about working with young people?” Mr. Coleman: “Their smiles to me. And that I have tried to help the student […]

College Application Week

Here at the WELL we foster a community of learning with our students, working with them to not only stress the importance of education, but to encourage them to think about their post high school life and encourage our teens to consider attending a four-year college or university. Our program staff, Rebekah Dixon and Shiona Caldwell […]

Student Spotlight

 Meet Patty Fernandez. She’s our November Student of the Month! Patty is a senior at Broughton High School this year. Not only is Patty one of our WELL Ambassadors, but she is a Spanish tutor and is part of Broughton’s International Club. She loves the WELL because, “the WELL provides students with a place to hang […]


Friday Five: Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Every October since 2006, this national campaign has shed light on the harsh reality of bullying in schools.  Here at the WELL, we foster a positive student community, utilizing Positive Youth Development philosophy and techniques. For this week’s Friday Five, we highlight five statistics about bullying. 1 out of every […]

Friday Five: Goal Setting

Happy Friday! This month, our WELL Rounded program focuses on Goal Setting. Appropriate for the beginning of the semester and new school year. Students will work to create and set goals for themselves, and we plan on revisiting those goals in January.   Our Friday Five this week is less of a list, and more […]

Friday Five: Staff Spotlight!

As part of our Friday Five series, we’ve decided to share a bit about our staff members: their passions, their dreams, and a few fun facts! Periodically, we’ll interrupt your regular five facts with a staff interview. First up: Shiona Caldwell, our Academic Services Program Coordinator.  Shiona has worked at the WELL for two years, […]

Friday Five: Quotes of Inspiration

Today is the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Arguably the worst tragedy to strike our nation, and also a point of immense patriotism and collectivism. While we (WELL staff) remember that day vividly– many, if not most, of the students we serve were too young to remember that day or to fully comprehend the gravity of the […]

Friday Five: Empowering Education Quotes

We’re changing things up a bit for this week’s Friday Five. Our staff members are sharing some of their favorite quotes about education.  With the school year barely in session, we figure a little motivation and empowerment is just what the doctor teacher ordered. 1. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use […]