We are here to enhance the lives of youth through an expression of self, community involvement, and providing options that will empower them to change their lives.
How We Do It
Since 2010 VOICES has been working to change the narrative of some of our most vulnerable youth and families in Indianapolis. Our philosophy is rooted in what Christopher Emdin describes as “reality pedagogy,” which is built on the idea that teachers have to see and appreciate their students’ strengths and build real, respectful relationships with those students before they can effectively impart lessons.”
By building solid, trusting, relationships and affirming our youth, VOICES has been able to see real impact in our 3 focus areas: Mental Health, Crime Prevention/Intervention and Education.
Why We Do It
Trauma impacts people in many ways. Some individuals find ways to cope and overcome life’s events, others, suffer physical and emotional consequences that can last a life time. The impact this has on youth development often gets lost in the observance of the poor behavior choices that youth are making. All of VOICES programming is designed to increase the youth and families’ skillsets in the following areas:
- Self-Regulation Skills
- Relational Skills
- Problem Solving Skills
- Positive Community Involvement
- Increased literacy
We understand that youth development is not successfully accomplished by one program or agency alone. We continuously seek to foster new partnerships and pursue community collaboration to ensure that our youth understand that they have options and an entire community of people who see their value and potential.