His biological parents
abandoned him and
he lost hope.
As a 16 year old, Derek has been in residential treatment programs and dropped out of school. His biological parents abandoned him and he lost hope. Derek began attending GOAL Academy, a new type of school combining on-line education, an academic coach and the support of a drop-in center where CBR YouthConnect offers The STORY class. Although Derek is incredibly talented with art and music, he was quiet and withdrawn. Through STORY, he began expressing himself through art and music and started to write down his hopes and dreams. Derek blossomed. He not only completed THE STORY class and developed his personal code of ethics, but he began helping others.
CONNECTING YOUTH WITH School & Education
We are committed to improving the high school graduation rate for troubled youth who are at a higher risk of dropping out. We currently have two initiatives underway that will serve over 100 students by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
We have partnered with GOAL Academy, the state’s most successful education provider for youth who have dropped out of traditional school. Together, we are developing specialized services and support structures to improve educational outcomes for youth in the foster care system.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING COURSES
We provide courses at school districts, alternative schools and treatment centers to help students learn skills to build strong and healthy relationships, manage emotions, make responsible decisions and develop concern for others. Courses involve a combination of expressive arts, journaling, story-telling and animals. To date, our work has served nearly 1,000 boys and girls.