When we work with young people, we use these principles to guide our work:
- A strengths-based approach that builds on the talents of each youth
- A non-judgmental approach that meets youth where they are—regardless of background, experience, choices or behaviors
- A trauma-informed approach for our relationships, responses and services—recognizing that many youth have experienced trauma
- Empowerment for youth to make choices that will positively impact the future
- Opportunities for youth to recognize and seek their potential
- Families have an impact in young peoples’ lives
- Community partnerships are valuable
- Core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
- We utilize a strengths-based approach, building on the innate assets of each young person and partnering with them for success.
- We use a non-judgmental approach and meet youth where they are at. We interact with youth without labeling or judging them on the basis of backgrounds, experience, choices, or behaviors.
- We recognize that many youth facing barriers have experienced trauma and our relationships, responses, and services are based on a trauma-informed approach.
- We empower youth to make choices that will positively affect their future and provide youth opportunities to recognize and seek their potential.
- We consider and recognize the impact that families have in young peoples’ lives.
- We immerse ourselves in our communities to stay informed of relevant issues and leverage partnerships to deliver sustainable value to the communities we serve.
- We instill the four YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in all components of our work.