Youth are amazing! They hope, dream, challenge, learn and lay the groundwork for their futures and ours. The education, experience and family values instilled in a teen will follow them for the rest of their lives. Every day, youth in society are exposed to unhealthy and unstable futures.
OCJ Kids’ mission is to equip foster and at-risk children and youth by providing them tools, resources, and positive role models to succeed and excel in every area of life.
Connecting – We serve at–risk & foster youth that are adrift by connecting them with caring communities for support and assistance. Healthy connections provide these youth with the help they need with difficult situations.
Creating – A bright future is built on a solid foundation. We build a foundation of family for children and youth who have none. This provides stability in an uncertain world.
Cultivating – The greatest strength youth have in the face of adversity is a powerful purpose, direction, faith, hope, and a vision of a brighter future. These tools and goals help cultivate youth and strengthens them to become the powerful adults they are destined to become.
At OCJ Kids we believe that there are fundamental, core values that shape young people into productive, secure adults.
Responsibility – It’s only when young people are trusted and given responsibility that they can truly begin to bloom. It helps the transition from being a child to becoming stable adult. Being given responsibility shows that these children are valued.
Self-worth – When young people are shown they have value they begin to believe it. This feeling of being valued transforms into something more precious, self worth. With a sense of self worth, these young people learn to treat themselves and others with dignity.
Character – Self worth is the foundation upon with character is built, for it is only when we learn to value ourselves that we can truly demonstrate character. Character builds strength and creates a moral compass upon which these young ones can rely upon, even during their darkest times.
Hope – With the power of self worth and the strength of character these children, these forgotten ones can find hope. Hope is the shining light that can make even the darkest days bearable. It is with hope that they are able to triumph.
Purpose – Purpose comes when the child is valued, nurtured, and given permission to dream. This purpose is more than mere survival – this purpose serves as the fuel to propel them forwards to become successful adults.