Youth often succeed when they are connected to their community in a meaningful way. Many of the youth we see often experience social isolation and alienation within their community which negatively impacts their mental health and sense of belonging.
Camino a Casa aims to (re)connect youth to their communities by actively involving them in communal activities while in treatment including, but not limited to:
- Volunteer opportunities (Food Share, ranch – tending to abused animals)
- Kayaking at local beaches
- Activities at Mamba Sports Academy
- Rock climbing
- AA and Al-Anon panels offered on-site
- Introduction to the culinary arts by outside volunteers
By the end of treatment, youth have had exposure to a wide range of activities they can do both with their family or more independently – these activities may add meaning and greater social connection to their lives, which is a key ingredient to healing.