Phase I – Program Pilot – COMPLETE!
We partner with local agencies who work with at-risk youth and young adults in brick-and-mortar locations. We’re unique in that we provide our workshops and coaching right on each agency’s site.
Our pilot partner was The CITY House Transitional Living Program (TLP), in Plano, Texas. Beginning in 2011, we were invited to hold our workshops each month at the TLP site.
Residents (at-risk young adults) were provided a healthy, family-style dinner and then participated in our group workshop discussions. Each workshop centered on a topic crucial to self-mastery and emotional development, such as “emotions,” “personal responsibility,” and “love.”
This partnership continued through mid-2016, and we’re proud to have helped more than 130 at-risk young adults with our programs.
Phase II – Expand to Other In-Place Programs – In Process Now
Today we’re working hard to expand our operations into the wider community. We welcomed Blake’s House as a new agency partner in the spring of 2016, and we’re currently speaking with additional partner agencies in Collin and Dallas counties.
Our goal is to be working with six partner agencies in these two counties in the next two years.
Phase III – Development and Implementation of a Residential Immersion Program
Our ultimate vision for the LACDC is to create a campus-style residence for at-risk young adults.
Participants will progress through a 12-month program, with emphasis on trauma recovery, self-awareness, and “life-vision creator” activities. It will also provide a social enterprise designed to help fund the program.
Participants will rotate through a variety of work experiences designed to help them develop their own life vision, as well as a series of skill development activities and challenge experiences to promote a sense of personal competence and confidence.
The end goal is to ensure that program graduates have the life, relational and financial skills, along with the personal motivation, needed to fulfill their dreams and be positive members of the community. Beyond graduation, an ongoing support network will be in place to provide the connection and encouragement everyone needs to thrive as an adult.