Tag: College Plus

All It Takes Is One Person

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has brought awareness to the challenges faced by millions of individuals living with mental health conditions and to celebrate recovery. As President Biden (2024) stated, it is also a time “…we recognize the bravery and resilience of the tens of millions of Americans living with mental health conditions, and we show our gratitude for the dedicated mental health professionals and devoted loved...

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Grateful for our Grant Funds!

Voice and Vision, Inc. is pleased to announce we received grant funding from two foundations. One grant provided funding for our College Plus program and the other covered much needed funding related to expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so grateful for each of these wonderful foundations who help non-profit organizations serve members of their community and support the goals of their mission. College Plus Program College Plus received a grant from the Joseph Jocelino...

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Announcing the Graham Sayles Scholarship Fund

On February 15, 2019, our beloved co-worker and friend, Graham Sayles, passed away after a long and valiant battle with cancer and related illnesses.  Graham influenced Voice and Vision’s approach and engagement practices with youth and young adults and made a huge impact in the Behavioral Health System in Bucks County.   On March 12th, 2019, to show our gratitude and to honor Graham and his contribution, the Board and Management of Voice and Vision created the Graham Sayles Scholarship...

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Class Participation: Overcome Your Fear of Speaking Up

I was always the student who dreaded speaking in class.  When the teacher called my name, it felt as though I was under a spotlight as all eyes zeroed in on me.  I remember well the heart palpitations, sweaty palms, the racing thoughts, and blood rushing to my head.  What if I got the answer wrong?  What if everyone thought I was stupid?  I wanted to melt into my seat and disappear. Fear of participating in class is nothing uncommon.  For me, it was a mix of social anxiety and low self-esteem that caused...

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5 Quick Tips to Keep You Organized in College

It’s always thrilling to kick off a new school year at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) as we watch the latest batch of College Plus students pursue their goals.   While it’s an exciting time, it can also be nerve-wracking to add homework and classes to an already busy schedule. So, as we like to do at the beginning of each school year, we are providing some advice to set our students up for success.  This time, we’re bringing you 5 quick and easy tips to stay organized throughout the semester. ...

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Hiring for All Abilities

As the home page of our website boasts, we at Voice and Vision are living proof that labels like mental illness, disabilities, and addictions do not stop us from living out our dreams.  We are advocates for inclusion (check out our blog from earlier this year) and we believe individuals will flourish if we focus on their unique gifts and strengths. That’s why we are highlighting another employer in our blog this week, one whose values are closely aligned with ours.  Perhaps you’ve seen the Father’s...

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Bridging the Generational Gap

One of my favorite stories about my dad is how he, at 12 or 13-years-old, became a paper delivery boy. The newspaper manager took my dad and his younger brother with him door-to-door soliciting to increase subscriptions. The manager would say to them, “Okay, scuff up your clothes with a little dirt. When the person answers the door, stare off in the distance like you’re blind.”   When people answered their doors, the manager told them they would be contributing to St. Anthony’s Home...

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A Wonderful Celebration of College Plus

The Voice and Vision, Inc 10-Year Anniversary celebration of College Plus, held on Tuesday, April 24th, was a wonderful success! Guests mingled with light refreshments in the Gallagher Room at Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) Newtown Campus.  They included individuals from the provider community, Bucks County Department of Mental Health, BCCC staff, Voice and Vision, and former College Plus students and their families.  Tianna Grosch from Times Publishing spoke with guests and a former...

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Master Difficult Conversations

Recently, I’ve had to give not-so-positive feedback to a person close to me. I dreaded it. I could feel my heart palpitating, the knots twisting in my stomach, and my palms sweating.   Do I really need to have this conversation? I asked myself. I would prefer NOT to do it, but deep down I knew it wasn’t an option. If I said nothing, the resentment would build up inside me until it burst out in some unhealthy way.   But how could I say it without alienating this person? What if they didn’t take...

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5 Easy Steps to Build Your Self-Esteem

A few weeks back, I wrote about the troubled period of my life when I experienced low self-esteem.   As I reflected these past two weeks about it, I had the growing sense that this topic is much larger than one blog post (or even 2 for that matter!). I know there are more of you out there because, according to Dr. Joe Rubino, 85% of the world’s population has low self-esteem. So, I wanted to provide some tools to help you along the way. Effects of Low Self-Esteem Low self-esteem is typically traced...

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