INSIGHT FOR LIVING
With admirable virtue, contagious Enthusiasm, and tireless effort,
Each person represents an unconditional Commitment to excellence.
Because mediocre is not even a word in Our vocabulary, we have become
A pacesetting group of innovative, Thinkers and creative leaders,
Encouraging others to live above The level of mediocrity Charis Youth Center is dedicated to all… Staff, students, visitors and The community it serves Who learn to soar high as Eagles.
Swindoll – 1987
Underlying these concepts is a firm commitment to principles and values that drive the decisions and practices of the organization.
Charis Youth Center is a member of the American Re-EDucation Association and embraces the Principles of Re-Education (Nicholas Hobbs, The Troubled and Troubling Child, 1982):
- Life is to be lived now, not in the past, and lived in the future only as a present challenge.
- Trust between a child and adult is essential, the foundation on which all other principles rest, the glue that holds teaching and learning together, the beginning point for re-education.
- Competency makes a difference; children and adolescents should be helped to be good at something, and especially at schoolwork.
- Time is an ally, working on the side of growth in a period of development when life has a tremendous forward thrust.
- Self-control can be taught and children and adolescents helped to manage their behavior without the development of psychodynamic insight; and symptoms can and should be controlled by direct address, not necessarily by uncovering therapy
- The cognitive competence of children and adolescents can be considerably enhanced; they can be taught generic skills in the management of their lives as well as strategies for coping with the complex array of demands placed on them by family, school, community, or job; in other words, intelligence can be taught.
- Feelings should be nurtured, shared spontaneously, controlled when necessary, expressed when too long repressed, and explored with trusted others.
- The group is very important to young people; it can be a major source of instruction in growing up.
- Ceremony and ritual give order, stability, and confidence to troubled children and adolescents, whose lives are often in considerable disarray.
- The body is the armature of the self, the physical self around which the psychological self is constructed.
- Communities are important for children and youth, but the uses and benefits of community must be experienced to be learned.
- In growing up, a child should know some joy in each day and look forward to some joyous event for the morrow.