EMBRACE | EQUIP | EMPOWER
EMBRACE | EQUIP | EMPOWER
Journey to Dream was founded on a single devotion: to support teens affected by destructive behaviors. Since its inception, the organization has positively impacted more than 85,000 students through school assemblies, support groups, and community events - all aimed at empowering young people with the tools necessary to overcome adversity. Over the course of our work, we discovered the hidden epidemic of youth homelessness, setting into motion our current and most challenging endeavor: Kyle's Place, a home for teens experiencing homelessness.
After working with teens for over a decade, we found the one thing they all seem to have in common is the need to be accepted. So many have their world turned upside down by divorce, abuse, death, or addiction. Journey to Dream aims to provide a safe place where teens feel accepted and understood.
The very word "equip" means to make ready or to furnish what is needed for the job. In our case, the "job" is becoming a self-sufficient, productive, healthy adult. That can mean anything from teaching a teen how to cope with difficult emotions, how to communicate well, write a resume or set goals for the future.
Whether sharing a testimony of hope to inspire others or gaining confidence through positive peer influence; JTD teens are taught to not only make a difference but to be the difference. Teens experience increased self-worth, a safe place for second chances, the support and skills needed to pursue their God-given dreams.
Students create dynamic, peer-to-peer presentations to educate and empower their peers in abstaining from destructive behaviors. Age appropriate performances include relevant music, powerful videos, student dramas, and stories that successfully engage and impact students with a message of hope and overcoming.
Support groups provide a safe haven for teens to share life, finding acceptance and understanding, while gaining education and life skills necessary to make positive choices. Journey to Dream curriculum provides program facilitators with everything they need and covers topics such as substance abuse, bullying, healthy boundaries, coping skills and more.
In 2016, Journey to Dream will open Kyle’s Place: a home for unaccompanied youth. In addition to the support services we’ve honed over the years working with students; Kyle’s Place will provide unaccompanied youth with a safe place to sleep, out of harm’s way of human traffickers and violent offenders. Kyle’s Place will prove the rule that housing the homeless costs far less than leaving them on the street. The value gleaned from keeping these kids in school, empowering them with life skills, and returning them to the community where they can apply their God-given talent, is limitless.