How often do we take the time to appreciate ourselves as individuals? To explore how we got where we are and which experiences and people have shaped us? Phoenix UBelong participants had the opportunity to find the answers to all these questions this year.
Imagination! Exploration! Learning! Phoenix UBelong supports family-centered care and has purposefully set up our programming so that it is transitional in nature: UBelong Childcare—> UBelong Youth and Teen—> UBelong Young Adults—> UBelong Parents. Read more about our childcare programming offered at Phoenix World Burn Congress...
Social skills and peer mentorship are two of the Phoenix Society’s main platforms. Sometimes a mentor comes along at just the right moment to support us. Read more about how the Phoenix UBelong Youth and Teen participants were able to practice and learn these social skills!
"Did you know that the way you breathe can change the way your mind and body feel?" Jill Clark enthusiastically said to the UBelong crowd as she led the kids through a series of yoga moves and techniques. Jill is a volunteer with the Phoenix UBelong program and a certified yoga instructor, and she offers the following thoughts to all the participants at the UBelong Yoga sessions:
Kiki Vo is a young adult who was burn injured as a child in a fire that that claimed the life of her mother and injured her 2 sisters. She is also a Phoenix Society member who participated as a Young Adult mentor in our 2014 UBelong Young Adults program at Phoenix World Burn Congress. Recently, as a result of her research work on young adult burn survivors and intimacy, she collaborated in an intimate photo shoot with California-based photographer Krysada Binly Panusith Phounsiri on the SnapPilots.com blog and was a featured story on TheMighty.com website, "Burn Survivor Challenges Her Insecurities With Intimate Photo Shoot." We invite you to read more about Kiki's journey of empowerment and invite you to read the feature story that was shared with permission by The Mighty.
It was an ordinary day, and what should have been an ordinary family event. The family was barbecuing at home when the propane tank exploded. As a result, Eddie Cardenas, who was 15 years old, suffered burns over 50% of his body and spent the next seven months in the hospital. For months the family’s routine was thrown off-balance. Eddie’s parents, Liz and Eduardo, spent their days at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA, more than an hour away from their home. Finally, Eddie was released from the hospital. The family attended their first Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress in 2013. There, they found a place among a community they didn’t know existed. We invite you to read how the power of peer support and the resources of Phoenix World Burn Congress brought support and healing to an entire family.
Recovery for the burn survivor and their family does not stop when they are discharged from the hospital, it extends beyond that. For some it begins with the first step back into the community, back into their life outside of the hospital. The first step in anything can be moving, fulfilling and exciting. But for a burn survivor and their family it can also be intimidating and stressful. However, with support and the right tools it can be successful for all involved. One way to help overcome the uncertainty is by participating in a community reentry outing. We have been learning about these social skill tools throughout our week in Phoenix UBelong and our oldest groups of adolescents went to Joe's Italian Ice to practice what they have learned and support each other through the process.
Music Therapy: “Friday at UBelong we were joined by a drummer who taught us how to use drumming to express individuality and come together as a group”… Music Therapy involves children in singing, listening, playing and creative activities. We wanted to include this activity at Phoenix World Burn Congress because its goals support the Phoenix UBelong program by finding ways to express ourselves, build confidence, and heal. By Rebecca Parmenter MS, CCLS and Christen Bradbury MS, CCLS, Phoenix UBelong volunteers
Young Adult Workshop at Phoenix World Burn Congress is all about finding your focus (on who you are, and where you’re going), and having fun while you find fulfillment. It’s about finding comfort in who you are, and having support to get to where you want to go (as a person and in the world). This workshop brings together 18-25 year olds who are ready to support one another, have fun, and talk about where they’re going next.
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