The mission of the Bravehearts is to empower young adults touched by the Child Welfare System to become active and authentic leaders in their own lives as they transition into adulthood.  

 

Compassion

The Bravehearts utilize compassion and understanding to increase the self awareness and esteem of young adults to help develop resiliency and leadership. At our weekly "Motivational Meetings", we work with youth from ages 14 - 26 to change the conversation from “victim to victor” and harness our voices of experience to serve as experts in shaping innovative, strength-based, youth driven service delivery that promotes healing, hope and opportunities..  A Braveheart is a young adult who has overcome any level of trauma or adversity and has emerged a stronger and wiser version of yourself, YOU ARE A BRAVEHEART

Voice

We utilize opportunities to speak at the local, national, and international level on the importance of having high expectations for youth due to the systemic soft bigotry of low expectations. We emphasize that when youth are given the ability to work together to inspire one another; it can build on the hope and resiliency that a young adult needs in order to not just survive, but thrive. We use our voices to guide the redevelopment of systems to improve outcomes for youth. We advocate for youth to use their voices to create change in their communities and within their own lives.

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Collaboration

We continuously work in tandem with Child Welfare professionals in Westchester County and across New York State to help educate professionals, providers, institutions and young adults on the effects of trauma, the importance of resiliency, the need for youth voice, as well as creating a standard of trust and transparency within the systems and services we come in contact with. This creates opportunities for youth voice to drive improvements and innovations in the services and programs they themselves and their peers encounter on a daily basis.

Our Vision

 

In life, your darkest moments can either define you or enlighten you .The Bravehearts envision a community in which all young adults are no longer defined by their adverse experiences, but know that their voices of survival and resiliency can bring healing to themselves, while helping to inspire the lives of their peers for future generations to come. We dream of the day where youth voice is no longer feared, filtered or discredited; but is nurtured, welcomed and embraced. A day where every youth exiting from the Child Welfare system has the access and ability to be gainfully employed, properly educated, securely housed and genuinely supported. We wish to end stereotypes and stigmas by striving to develop a community of healing. We envision building bridges of communication in which young adults and professionals value each others’ expertise and work in partnership to create trusting, engaging, and consistent relationships. This will support the development of authentic and creative service delivery and program implementation.

 

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