The C.A.N.D.L.E.S. (Coaching Adolescents thru Nurturing to Develop Leaders Empowered to Succeed) program is a comprehensive curriculum based program that is implemented in a classroom setting in small groups while simultaneously providing case management services to its participants.
To promote self-determination among youth by providing culturally competent strength based programs that validate youth as members of society. The goal of C.A.N.D.L.E.S. is to teach skills that increase wellness of individuals, families and groups to enable them to improve their quality of life and become contributing members to self and society.
Adolescents will be empowered with an increased sense of responsibility and accountability to take control of their lives and become proactive in planning their future.
Adolescents are not mini adults, they must be taught. We often set high expectations that are unattainable; this only serves to prematurely equalize adolescents to an adult level. Yet, we constantly remind them that they are too young to understand life. Time is best spent repeating ourselves and demonstrating through role modeling, one day we will catch them listening.