“It is easier to build stronger girls than to fix broken women.”
“Respect Is Love,” is a comprehensive Psycho-Educational program that employs evidence based practice methods (EBP) and theories to combat maladaptive thought patterns that will help these young women blossom and bloom into women with healthy relationship patterns.
Our ideal client is a youth at risk. These young women are an under-served population, they are seen as the hardest to reach in our communities, and they need our support the most. The goal of the program is to provide intervention that will help to foster resilience in our girls.
The overall goal of the program to help our young women raise the bar for themselves and thus our community.
The goal of the program is to close the gap in services by addressing the complex needs of young women in inner cities not addressed by the current curriculum. We want to provide them with skills that promote their positive psychological development and give them skills to improve their well-being.
As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by their relationships. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can cause short term and long term negative effects to the developing teen. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, and report binge drinking, suicide attempts, and physical fighting. Victims may also carry the patterns of violence into future relationships. There are other relational dangers young women face, such as a problematic home life, or female relational bullying.
The focus of the program is not only on romantic relationships. The goal is to teach young women how to mirror the behaviors they want from all of the people they come in contact with and a large bulk of the program is teaching them skills for fostering mutual respect in all areas of their lives. This work is particularly important in how young women deal with one another, and especially with members of their families.
Although a large focus on this work is on young women we are dedicated to working with women of all ages.