As one of the Club’s Branch Directors, Brooke is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tutt Boys & Girls Club. She took some time to explain just how rewarding her experience at the Club has been.
“Our role at Tutt is incredibly important because we’re there to help teach; we teach kids to be role models, we run programs that teach internet safety or making good choices, how to have healthy relationships - things that maybe they’re not getting at school or at home.”
Brooke explained that many kids are in need of consistent boundaries - that an important part of being a Branch Director is creating a stable, safe environment for kids.
“Some of them don't have that structure in all aspects of their lives, so they get it when they come to Tutt. They know when they get here, I store my backpack, I check in, I sign into the computer, I go down and eat snack or go outside… So we create that structure. They know that when I come to Tutt, this is what I do, this is what is expected from me, and this is what I can expect on a daily basis.”
“Also, I’ve really enjoyed being able to teach and coach the staff here at Tutt. I've seen many of them grow and just really blossom in their positions as group leads. I just have some really great staff!”
Armed with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Brooke was well on her way in the field of psychology - she came to BGCPPR from the Colorado Autism Center, where she worked as a Lead Behavioral Clinician.
Working at the Center was “a great opportunity to make a positive impact on our community.” she said. “I fell in love with it - the families, the kids, it was an incredible experience.”
But after working for an organizational psychologist, Brooke realized that she was fascinated by the psychology of business. “I wanted to steer more away from clinical psychology and more towards organizational psychology - how businesses work, what makes them work efficiently and effectively.” So, Brooke went on to obtain her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Rockies.
Before taking on her Branch Director role, Brooke was already familiar with BGCPPR through her work with autism, having performed in-home and in-center therapy with kids from several sites.
“I saw some of the BGCPPR programming and thought it was great, and very beneficial for the kids,” she said. “How having those programs and having those services available was incredibly helpful to the kids and their families.”
As the director of the Tutt Club, Brooke makes an incredible impact on both the kids at her Club and on Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region as an organization. We're glad to have you with us, Brooke!
A native of Elizabeth, CO, Brooke is a yoga aficionado. When she’s not at the Club, she enjoys spending time with her husband and hiking with their dogs.
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:00:00 PM