Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from either the ability to express their emotions in a healthy manner or the ability to identify what emotions they are feeling. The inability to do both can make it hard to establish healthy relationships. In addition, not being able to express or identify healthy forms of emotions can also increase the likelihood of developing a form of mental illness (depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, etc) and for some adults and/or youth this can lead to drug and alcohol addiction.
1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That's over 40 million Americans
Youth depression has increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015 and 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment.
There are 1.9 million children in the U.S. that have a parent in either a state or federal prison. Children of incarcerated parents often experience multiple emotional and social difficulties due to witnessing the arrest of the parent, criminal activity, separation from the parent, loss of family income, housing instability, change in caregivers, stressful visits with the incarcerated parent, and shame/stigma from peers.
The Generational Leadership Program is designed to assist youth with parents/parental figures who are incarcerated or involved in the justice system by providing support, alcohol and drug prevention information, and tools for effective healthy communication; in a productive and safe environment.
The program utilizes the evidenced based Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) curriculum as part of a comprehensive approach to provide youth with the tools to express both their thoughts and feelings. The curriculum allows youth to gain hands on experience thru role plays and the role modeling of certified facilitators who teach them what positive and appropriate interactions should look like in their homes and/or communities. The result is the enhanced cognitive development and the incorporation of meaningful tools that will enhance their ability to communicate, grow and develop within the family unit, schools and their community.
Successful graduates of the program remain as part of the mentorship unit and participate in community service, activities and events to promote pro-social and leadership development.
If you have a child or know a student who would be interested in participating in the Generational Leadership Program, please contact Ms. Bruton at (614) 385-0771 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org