Discover. Learn. Thrive.
Our hybrid model includes the components of a traditional gap year such as cultural immersion, experiential activities, and humanitarian efforts, and also includes additional structure and support in personal development and wellness.
The hybrid model also provides a supportive environment for young men to develop in their strengths, confidence, and positive self-identity. Support is delivered by the leadership team included our Program Director, Director of Well-Being, and trained mentors.
We achieve our mission through a three phased program intentionally designed to meet the individualized needs of each of young man. Readiness for progression to each stage is decided by the leadership team in conjunction with the individual.
Discovery Phase – Staff Guided – 30-60 days – Clients will participate in initial assessments and develop individualized goals for the program. They will gain conversational skills in Spanish. They will participate in scheduled experiential activities and service projects; gaining exposure and basic competency in Spanish language, experiential activities, and service. Clients will become aware of individualized character strengths.
Discovery… (Phase 1)
- Clinically validated assessments
- Vocational and interest inventory
- Life skills assessments
- Medication assessment and review
- Academic and records review
- Meet with assigned residential mentor, clinician, and educational support person (treatment team)
Learning Phase – Student Directed-Staff Supported – 90-180 days – Clients will gain autonomy over their goal development by creating their own schedules. Schedules will include developing areas of professional and personal interests by participating in internship/volunteering, college coursework, certifications, and/or experiential trips/activities. They will maintain and continue developing Spanish language and experiential activities. Clients will explore their personal strengths, self-identity, and motivation.
Learn… (Phase 2)
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Choose from predetermined “menu” of competency and strengths-based activities and modules
- Spanish as second language
- Scuba diving
- CPR and First Aid
- Driver’s Education
- College Coursework
- Internship or Volunteering
- – ex. Coast Guard, Marine Biology, Hurricane Relief Efforts
- Horseback riding
- Individual Therapy
- Continue ongoing work with mentors/treatment team
- Parents participate in coaching and support phone calls with clinical and treatment team
Thriving Phase – Independent-Student Directed-Staff supported – 30-90 days – Students will create a discharge plan for healthy and intentional transition into adulthood and/or college. This plan will include resume development, preparation for university, and/or preparation for employment. They will be conversational in Spanish language and will step into leadership roles in experiential activities. Clients will experience intrinsic motivation and optimal use of strengths as they put their self-discovery process into action.
Thrive… (Phase 3)
- Volunteering and Service work
- Continue self-directed educational goals
- Capstone track for completion and reflection on modules completed in Learning Phase, such as licensure, certification, life book
- Intensive parent weekend
- Connection to discharge community
- Discharge needs assessment
- Redo assessments completed in Phase 1 to assess for growth
- Completion of a culminating experience with members of your treatment team