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  • What does Building Villages do?
    We help children struggling with social behavior to improve the behavior and find satisfaction in positive reinforcement, positive feedback, positive interactions and seek pleasure from good actions.
  • How do they do it?
    We identify children struggling and children who want to help and pair them up. We rely on the unique similarities of the pair coupled with therapeutic interventions to create a peer-mentor environment that builds on youth strengths to bring out the happy and positive feelings in the younger partner, show them and the other people in their environment what unique qualities they have, how to help them engage in things that make them happy and grow their self-esteem and smile.
  • How do they identify who they work with and who mentors them?
    Currently youth clients at 180 counseling are referred to BV for support through the program. Children go to therapy for many reasons; some of those reasons are behavioral. Children in the sixth to eighth grade range are the target audience. We learn about the “unwanted” behavior as well as their hobbies, interests, and life experiences to pair them with a high school student interested in helping who also has similar interests and life experiences. The high school age students is identified through programs in the area including churches, activities (i.e., martial arts, sports, etc.), and recommendations from parents in the community.
  • Where does it all take place?
    180Counseling has partnered with Building Villages therefore, meetings between BV staff and the peer-mentor group take place at 180Counseling offices. Outings, events, and other experiences often take place at local companies to engage in client shared interests when appropriate.
  • What should I expect from the program?
    As the target audience (“client”) you would expect people around you to start treating you more positively, enjoying being around you, finding yourself in less “trouble”, perhaps even getting along better with parents, teachers, siblings, friends, and peers. As the mentor, you would expect to learn new skill, improve your self-esteem and confidence as you make a difference in another person’s life. You will receive credit for community service and a letter of recommendation for your volunteer hours. As a parent, you can expect to feel proud of your child and yourself as a parent for staying actively involved with your child’s development for both children involved in the equation. As a school professional, you should expect reduce anxiety in interactions with the middle-schooler, as well as improvements in their behavior and academics. High school professionals will likely experience the joy of watching a young adult grow in maturity, confidence, enhance their strengths and prepare for the start of their early adult life. As a community, you should expect reduced crime rates, to interact with more respectful children, a brighter future, and a lot more smiles all around.
  • What else should I know?
    We involve the school, family and community systems. First we include the parent/guardian to help improve the home environment and give the child room to grow into their new behavior. We also involve the school to do the same. If the child is currently involved in activities in the community we include them in the process. If the child is not involved in activities in the community we encourage them to begin interacting with those activities and involve them at that time. We repair the child’s “village” so they can live their best and happiest life possible.
  • How can my child get involved?
    Email bv@buildingvillagesforyouth.com or call 984-400-3131 to get started.
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