What is a Youth Development Community?
A FamilyWorks Youth Development Community is a collection of people associated with our Abide and Lions of Judah youth mentoring programs. These include all the registered youth, the parents/families of those youth, the Mentors/Staff of those programs, the Family Development Team of FamilyWorks, and any other vested people connected to the youth in those groups.
This community exists to Encourage, Equip, and Empower youth by strengthening each family and person within it, to have healthy, loving, and resilient relationships.
When youth join one of our mentoring groups the families of those youth are joining the community too.
This type of community not only aims to help youth grow and mature, but each person helps youth by aiming to become the best possible version of themselves too. In other words, members of this community are asking themselves; how do I become a better man or women?; a better parent?; a better spouse?; a better grandparent? or a better mentor?
In a Youth Development Community, people work in a collaborative and proactive manner that equips them to have healthy family relationships. They are intentional about learning and looking for opportunities for their families to become the most resilient families they can be.
What is the purpose of a Youth Development Community?
FamilyWorks facilitates The Conversation by inviting families to engage in it through the format of a YDC. This format has many moving parts and everyone of them are designed in an integrated fashion for the purpose of strengthening families.