TeenPride, Inc. strives to help young people improve their lives by providing activities and free individual, group and family counseling, so they may build self-esteem and self-reliance and practice healthy lifestyles.
The Need We Serve
TeenPride works with the disadvantaged adolescents and families where the demographics alone can mark them as “at risk”. The youth are at risk of drug use, at risk of teen pregnancy, at risk of high school drop-out or at risk of committing a crime. Many of our teens strive to do well in school despite difficult challenges. Many of our teens: are low income, neglected by their parent, have financial responsibility for the family, have a learning disability, have a substance abuse issue, have emotional and behavioral difficulties. They are at risk of not meeting their true potential in life. Our counselors understand the need for a holistic approach that reduces personal risk by reducing neighborhood, family, environment and peer-group risks.
Through our different counseling services and programs at the Teen Center, we teach students the essential character building skills they need to succeed in high school and prepare for life after graduation. We teach them the social skills they need to accept differences and have healthy relationships. We teach self-respect and civil discourse. We help them gain self-esteem. We teach them how to overcome disadvantages. We teach them how to avoid negative behavior. We teach them how to be good students. We help them see that they can be successful and achieve their dreams.
The professionals in the Morris School District understand that to focus on social and emotional well-being is an essential component of a good education program. That is why TeenPride has been their education partner and has worked in the school system since 1994.