Our students often find themselves experiencing a microscopic view of their “world” which tends to lead to self-centeredness and entitlement. These unhealthy perspectives can be challenged through the experience of offering help and service to others. It helps us recognize the needs of others–outside of our own, and provides opportunities for increased empathy and selflessness.
Along with these experiences, the positive feelings that come from contributing to the needs of others can create feelings of empowerment and hope–even in teens who are struggling mightily.
At Equinox, we create a culture that fosters the development of strong, positive identities among young men. As they grow and develop alongside one another, they form trusting and caring relationships that can last a lifetime.
Unlike many troubled youth programs, volunteer service work is a significant component of our program. The boys participate in service twice a month, which gives them an opportunity to look beyond their own needs and give back to their community.
These are a few examples of the places in which we serve:
- animal shelters
- nursing homes
- local fitness events
- food banks
- nature centers and gardens
- various other community awareness events
Our intention is to create an environment in which our students are constantly learning through experience. The insights gained through these experiences become a very powerful tool that can be applied into their daily lives. Our hope is that through these opportunities, our boys gain a better understanding of themselves as a whole person at our program for at-risk boys.