Who We Serve

Adolescents need to see themselves as having value in their community for what they can do.

Peer relationships and a sense of belonging are of the utmost importance

The adolescent has a sensitivity for justice and personal dignity. Socially, they identify strongly with their peer group and they question rules and beliefs that they previously simply accepted.

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Physically

The adolescent body is changing while their brain is undergoing some of the most significant restructuring in a person’s life. For this reason, adolescents have boundless energy and an astonishing capacity for work but are also prone to periods of lethargy.
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Intellectually

Adolescents are capable of very mature thought if it is framed within a social context that speaks to their emotional and social tendencies. In these circumstances, they have the capacity to think in abstract and complex ways, and to analyze and discuss.
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Emotional Vulnerability

This is an age of strong emotions and emotional vulnerability. Adolescents are very critical of themselves and others.