For Aimee and Brian Clark working at Generations Group is deeply personal. Not only because it’s where they met, but because it fed their professional passions in different ways and helped them both answer the call to make a difference in their community.
For Aimee, she saw an opportunity to fulfill an unmet need in the community. For Brian, helping Generations Group was an even more personal calling – it was somewhere he could help make a difference in the lives of sexually abused youth and children, something his own sister experienced as a youth.
Generations meets a need that is sometimes hard to talk about and is often ignored. The facility provides a family-like setting and numerous counseling programs for young males who are exhibiting sexually abusive behaviors, oftentimes as a result of having been abused or experiencing trauma themselves.
This husband and wife team serve as part of the leadership team at Generations Group. Brian is executive director and Aimee serves as admissions and program director.
Since Generations opened in 1991, Generations has worked with more than 900 young men across the state. Currently Generations has 76 beds for youth in need. The facility is segmented into three categories of care -- high, moderate and psychiatric. The facility’s success rate is high, 98% of the youth they have cared for have gone on to live successful, abuse-free lives.
For Aimee, the more time she spent time working with and providing care for the young men at Generations Group, the more her eyes were opened to how important a place like Generations Group was to help them deal with some very traumatic, deeply rooted and long-term challenges. Her goal is to ultimately end the cycle of abuse for many young men by providing programs and opportunities that will prevent them from becoming abusive themselves through therapy and rehabilitation programs.
One particular program that Generations Group offers and that Brian and Aimee have helped oversee and advance as part of the facility’s programming is the CARE program.
Developed by Cornell University, CARE (Children and Residential Experiences), is a relationship-based treatment program that provides a family-like setting and uses behavior modification programs. Generations has worked with Cornell for more than 20 years, developing and piloting the program with the mission of giving youth individually tailored opportunities to be successful and then watching them grow and thrive.
Children in Generations’ care often have a documented history of sexual behavioral problems against others, often someone close to the youth. They are unable to return home and require more extensive services than a traditional foster home setting can provide.
As executive director of Generations Group, Brian sees firsthand every day the changes they are able to make by providing these unique children and youth with a safe environment where they have the services and support they need to end the cycle of abuse.
Brian, who started as a direct care staff at Generations after graduating college in 1995, says that helping the agency grow from a 20- to 76-bed group home has given him an opportunity to give back after his sister experienced sexual abuse as a youth.
Aimee and Brian, who met at the organization in 1998 and married in 2006, balance their home and work life by driving to work separately, although they see each other every morning at a staff meeting. They also have a young daughter who they both say is a motivator for the work they do and making a difference in the lives of youth.
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