Vinfen’s Point After Club was proud to host a graduation ceremony for 13 young adults who had completed the Gathering and Inspiring Future Talent (GIFT) training program on June 28 at their location in Lawrence, MA. Funded and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the GIFT program focuses on building confidence in young adults through 12 weeks of curriculum that not only prepares them for a career in peer mentoring, but also helps them realize how to share their stories in a way that inspires positive change. The training is sponsored by the Healthy Transitions Grant (NITT-HT).
Dozens of friends, family, and staff members joined the young adults of the GIFT program to celebrate their graduation. DMH Executive Office of Health & Human Services Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council member Gustavo Payano led the fifteen training sessions alongside Radiate Career Consulting founder and GIFT-program creator Dr. Kim Bisset. The pair presented diplomas to the joyful graduating class.
All the GIFT graduates had the opportunity to share a few words at the ceremony, overwhelmingly expressing thankfulness for the opportunity to participate in the GIFT program and enthusiasm for their respective futures as peers.
“What an honor it was to be able to impact someone’s life by telling my story of recovery,” said Anna Harris, a GIFT graduate and Point After Club member. “I hope that I can make a difference just like my clubhouse family has made in mine, and as those in the GIFT training who taught me how to be a good peer mentor. The program is an important step to follow your dreams and passion.”
Anna went on to thank the Point After Club for hosting the 15-session training, and congratulate her fellow graduates, who became the 19th graduating class of the GIFT program.
“The GIFT training allowed a group of strangers to become a family,” Anna said.
You can find more information on future GIFT trainings here.