Lack of adequate services and resources for abused, neglected and abandoned youth is always a challenge. Traditional, basic care-taking approaches too often fail to help adolescents in out-of-home care develop the skills necessary for independent living and self-sufficiency in adulthood, thereby ‘institutionalizing’ them and creating long-term dependency on government or institutional support.
Public funding covers basic services, but does not provide for many essential programs that lead to real transformation of the boys’ lives. These youth are typically deprived of opportunities for normal experiences that are necessary for positive social, cultural and spiritual development of a young person.
Despite limitations of public funding, YSN is committed to provide whatever is needed for disadvantaged, emotionally disturbed boys to overcome the deprivations of their past and develop the emotional health, and skills they need to become productive, self-sustaining adults. It is our goal that every boy…whether he returns to his family, is placed with relatives or foster parents, moves to transitional housing, or lives independently…has the tools and resources he needs to achieve long term permanency and self-sufficiency.