When we first met Karim, he was getting into trouble at school, acting out and skipping classes. Reeling from the loss of his father, he was struggling to cope with his hurt feelings and the upheaval to his home life. He refused to speak to his mother about it and counseling hadn’t proved useful either. The one place he could communicate was at the Moorelands Youth (Lead Excel Demonstrate) LED program.
Karim’s mother gave us a call to let us know how much she appreciated the program. She said she was grateful because her son loved being at the program. He would not skip a day, even when he was not as interested in being school. She told us that he has been happier since joining the program and more settled. She also told us that she feels an incredible peace of mind because she knows that at least one day a week, her son is in a safe place that encourages him to question his values and actions and that helps him to find positive and healthy ways of connecting with others.
The two hours a week at this program allows young people from a variety of backgrounds, many of them with complex issues, to come together and learn from each other and our skilled staff. The program has a clear focus on developing personal leadership skills and self-awareness, which Moorelands believes is the right of all young people, and our participants thrive on it. We have long waiting lists at all our programs, which speaks not only to the popularity but also of the need for these kinds of programs.