Our children, teens and college students need guidance and care to develop into whole, competent adults who can enjoy gainful employment and work constructively and collaboratively to improve their communities and society as a whole.
Families and school or college personnel alone cannot give our youth and young adults all that they need, so other stakeholders must step in to help. Since the successful raising of our collective young is society’s most fundamental—even indispensable—task, we are all stakeholders.
There is not any perfect model for rebuilding community around our children, teens and college students and nurturing their development of character and leadership and life skills. A community follows the values and passions of its members; each community’s approach and methods are different. Having developed the Educom model since inception, we have found several forms and strategies for effectively involving partners from all segments of our community in collaborative work to develop our young into better and more compassionate human beings.
As a consequence of enjoying adult care and attention, opportunities to take charge of their own lives and to help others, continuing academic guidance and individualized learning supports, and specific kinds of thoughtful guidance, both children and college young people in our programs do better in school or college programs, have higher and more defined aspirations for their lives, and develop realistic plans and search out resources for reaching their goals.