A smile. Solid eye contact. Appropriate dress and behavior. For a teen who has experienced trauma or hasn’t benefited from positive role models, these simple behaviors can be challenging. Even more challenging is dealing with disappointment, frustration or anger.
Learning positive, healthy ways to interact with others is essential to helping these young women and men change the trajectories of their lives.
Modeling and reinforcing these life lessons that are the basis of successful family, work and social relationships are integrated throughout Youth With Faces programming. We talk about appropriate ways to talk, act and dress, as well as positive approaches to resolve problems and disagreements. Then, we create opportunities to practice in real-life situations – whether it be with their co-trainer in the dog training program or serving a restaurant patron through the culinary program.