This program is rooted in the theory and practice of trauma-informed care. When humans experience defeat, shame, or loss, when we don’t feel understood anywhere, it is our fundamental nature to respond with aggression or withdrawal. This automatic response cycle is commonly referred to as a Fight or Flight Response. But we can learn how override automatic responding, we can learn how to respond to threatening situations with chosen remedies. With the right support, we can make healthier choices and we can thrive.
Research consistently validates that it only takes one meaningful relationship to reshape a youth’s mindset. The way to shift a vulnerable mindset is to introduce new perspectives, elevate hope, and prove that protective support is available.
Our program delivers a therapeutically valid relationship with a clinically trained advocate who will foster individual resilience, while earning trust and buy in for healthy peer engagement and meaningful cohort participation.
This Survivor Mentoring Program pairs an adult woman who has survived sexual trauma in her adolescence, with a girl who has been identified as a victim of sexual exploitation.
This program's goal is to provide extensive support and encouragement to the young women over time. The Survivor Mentor provides one-to-one support and mentoring across a variety of settings, including participation in a bimonthly process group.
Survivor Mentors are clinically trained to responsibly address sexual trauma including domestic violence, incest, teen sexuality and health, rape crisis and commercial sexual exploitation. Survivor Mentors partner with and recieve direct support from clinical members of this agency.