Teen Youth Employment Programs

Teen Youth Employment Programs

Many teen youth programs are destined for failure right from the start, since they are founded wit the wrong goals in mind. These programs are designed simply to give kids something to do for several hours out of the day. They intend, by distraction, to keep kids from getting involved in dangerous activities that might negatively affect the odds that these young adults will mature into successful adults. But distraction never works for long. Teens get bored or simply decide that they aren't interested in what the programs have to offer, and they venture out into the community to find some other place to apply themselves. In many cases, these other activities are not healthy for the teens or the communities in which they live. Sholove International is different. We don't simply try to amuse or entertain kids and thereby distract them from the negative choices they could be making. We understand that the truth is, most kids are already hurting. They have already been harmed by the negative choices of those around them. It won't help simply to avoid the issues, as these issues are already there. As adults and mentors, the more we avoid addressing the struggles that teens are facing, the more these teens will grapple with them on their own. This is where negative outcomes such as dangerous habits and disregard for social customs emerge. As communities, we are setting ourselves up for failure by treating our teens this way. We need to recognize that they have already seen much of the bad parts of life and that these experiences have affected them. We need to recognize that our work must be about helping each young adult rebuild his or her sense of self and identity in the world, rather than trying to make kids forget what they have seen and gone through. At Sholove International, we understand that what youth need first and foremost is a foundation of understanding from which to approach the world. Helping these teens find a job and a purpose for their life through our employment programs is on step in tehat process.  In this day and age, so many young people simply don't know up from down. They don't know who they are or how they are supposed to live in their communities, and they don’t know what value or meaning their actions have in the broader context of life in this world. We work to restore this lost sense of identity. This is our primary focus and motivation, and we believe that the best teen youth programs will always work toward this goal rather than the goal of distraction or entertainment. Join us and show love to someone who is hurting in your community. We need all the help we can get to make this world a better place for hurting teens.

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