Replace Negative Teen Behavior With Positive Tools
Seven out of ten adolescents with mental health needs do not receive the care they need. As a result, troubled teens often struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, juvenile delinquency, truancy, gang involvement, physical altercations, depression, and low self-esteem. Teens without a stable home life or positive role models to follow are left with anger, hopelessness, and a constant search for meaning and purpose.
Project LIFT's secret sauce is licensed psychotherapy but instead of treating boys and girls in a clinical office setting, the organization replaces it with a vocational learning environment—which they found to be much more effective in motivating teens to overcome struggles. By offering 14-week programs, Project LIFT focuses on five fundamental pillars for its participating teens: 1) Mental health therapy, 2) Vocational skills training, 3) Life-skills development, 4) Service learning, and 5) Mentorship. Together, these tools form a holistic path towards freedom and confidence to become a productive, fulfilled member of society. "The Project LIFT Program has shown me that you can be stronger than your trauma." – Anonymous
Eight years ago, Project LIFT began work with one therapist, one auto repair technician, and 19 students. Today, Project Lift operates three sites, serving over 300 students in the vocation of their choosing. And they’re expanding quickly: They’re working with 7 different Florida Counties now, with 19 additional counties being referred from the Florida’s Children Services Council. Their leadership is asked to speak all over the country championing discussions that revolve around jobs, drugs, intergenerational poverty, retention, reentry, and recidivism.