Direct Service

At-risk Youth

A cycle of interpersonal trauma, violence and victimization dominates the life experience of many of the youth attending CANY groups and forms a central theme of the dramas created. CANY groups seek to meet maturational gaps; holes in the developmental process left by complex trauma that continue to influence life choices and hold the individual back from their potential. CANY groups strive to support the safe exploration of feelings and thoughts, building self-esteem increasing cooperation and peaceful conflict resolution as well as fostering creative self-expression in an appropriate and empowering way. Groups focus on helping these young participants give voice to their unique life experience, exploring their needs, both now and in the future, striving to help them feel both heard and seen.