A Middle School Youth Center
Creating a bridge between peers, family, community, and the school environment is important to the happiness, the health, and the success of middle school youth.
Why Middle School Care?
- Helps keep youth safe
- Better grades and conduct in school
- Greater desire to help others
- Higher self-esteem
- Better decision-making skills
- Increased opportunity to make friends
- Higher achievement / motivation
- Higher level of interaction and communication with adults
- Decrease in criminal behaviors
- Decrease in drug and alcohol use
Tricia Carella and Donna Perham founded The Creek Middle School Youth Center in 2005 on Foothill Middle School Campus and opened a second site in 2008 at Walnut Creek Intermediate School.
Tricia has a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Over the years she has taught at a number of schools and was Director of a local preschool. Tricia has really enjoy working with middle school students and loves being part of the dynamic staff at The Creek. Tricia and her husband Lou have 3 adult daughters.
Donna has a BS in Nursing and has worked in a variety of nursing fields throughout her career. Donna has always enjoyed middle school students and in 1997 volunteered and implemented “Smart Start, a middle school program dealing with peer pressure, violence prevention and goal setting. Donna also implemented a curriculum on depression awareness, signs and symptoms and resources for getting help, which she taught at Foothill Middle School. Donna is married and has three grown children who all attended Foothill in the past.