INSPIRE TO ASPIRE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
The Inspire to Aspire Youth Empowerment Program
(IAYEP) was formed when Sensei Dave read an article
regarding recidivism rates of adults in prison. The report, from The Center For Economic Policy Research, stated that "70% of youth experiencing Juvenile Detention will end up in prison as an adult."
In some states, the % actually went up to 85% over the last 10 years.
These statistics are scary and extremely sad. To know that so many kids with no agency over where they happen to be born, who their parents happen to be, and what they happen to have experienced in their lives are destined to be incarcerated/end up in prison. This is disheartening, and we knew that something different and dramatic had to be done to change the statics surrounding our youth.
After much reflection on his lived experience in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice System, research, and investigation, Sensei Dave and his team have developed a program that is the “missing piece” for youth experiencing Foster Care and youth in the Juvenile Justice System.
HOPE + SKILLS = AN AMAZING LIFE
I want to see our youth coming out of the system THRIVE not just survive. 20,000+ youth age out every year ill-prepared
and unequipped for success.
We are changing this NOW!
The Inspire to Aspire Youth Empowerment program has three essential parts that help our youth obtain real "success."
Forming intrinsic motivation and giving hope for their future.
Equipping our youth with essential skill sets, and tangible expertise that are vital for self-confidence and self-efficacy. Skills such as resiliency, meditation, journaling, breathing techniques for anger management, anti-bullying, goal setting, and much more.
Training caring adults, support staff, teachers, Social Workers, and non-profit volunteers on ways to be more impactful with the youth they serve.