**Although this is a virtual opportunity, we need you to be accessible to Central New Jersey as approximately 4 meetings a year will be in-person.
Spring Reins of Life offers a unique equine-assisted therapy that is designed for teens experiencing anxiety, anger, depression, and trauma related issues. We need your help to expand awareness and presence in the community, find funding for our teen programs, and to reach teens in need. We are searching for professionals within or connected to educational, correctional, or counseling of youth and teens. However, anyone with a passion for animals helping our youth manage stress and adversities is enough to join our Herd of volunteers! Although this is a virtual opportunity, we need you to be accessible to Central New Jersey as approximately 4 meetings a year will be in-person.
More specifically, we are seeking Teen Committee Volunteers to:
Assist SRoL in an initial focused outreach to teen advocacy programs in the Central New Jersey, Philadelphia and NYC region to create partnerships for programming. Both SRoL’s co-founder and teens mental health professional will be available to give presentations once interest is established. End goal is for SRoL to host small private demos for decision makers to attend with the horses to explore EAP for their teen populations. In the past this has proven to be an 'aha’ moment as to How horses can help.
Recruit participants for our 'open’ Teens & Horses sessions. Currently we host four 4week groups for 8 teens per year with 2 in the Spring and 2 in the Fall. We will expand this based on need/demand. This group is designed for local youth/teens who are not in residential or organizational groups. There is a co-pay of $150 per participant which covers all 4 sessions. Teens can be recruited from school behaviorists, school counselors, therapists, parents, Tri-County CMO, CASA, DYFS, etc.
Expand community awareness, support and partnerships to serve more teens and youth who have experienced trauma and generate interest to attend SRoL’s annual open house / demo day each year on the first Sunday in June.
Search for specific funding opportunities through local foundations and donors who advocate for at risk youth and teens.
Serve the Teens Committee for a period of one year, with the option to remain on the committee beyond that
Average of 2 hours per week to complete quarterly initiatives
Attendance of a monthly committee meeting or call (most likely a conference call with 3 to 4 meetings being in person)
Turning in progress reports and contacts to the committee administrative volunteer in a timely manner (there is an admin assigned to this committee to take minutes at meetings, gather and record all data records, schedule monthly meetings, and support committee members)
Work in line with committee initiatives which may be independently or with other committee member(s) depending on task.
The committee Chair along with the Admin will set out the annual and quarterly initiatives and goals and delegate to members based on background, expertise, ability.
This committee recruits interns from local colleges and universities on a semester basis to learn, support and execute quarterly goals for SRoL teens programming.
Please consider lending your skills and time to a very important piece of our dedicated mission.
About Spring Reins of Life - Horses, Humans & Healing
c/o: Hunt Cap Farms, 401 Main Street, Three Bridges, NJ 08887, US
Spring Reins of Life (Horses, Humans & Healing)'s MISSION is to provide a safe, healing and empowered path to peace, positive growth and self-guided recovery with the assistance of Horses as our guides for trauma survivors who do not want to, refuse to, or simply cannot "talk about it". We serve combat veterans, at risk teens & young bereaved children in New Jersey.
Spring Reins of Life (SRoL) is a non-profit 501c3 organization. We are an EAGALA Model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which incorporates the use of horses for therapeutic intervention toward promoting emotional growth and healing. We do not offer any riding or mounted work in our program. While there are many benefits to horseback riding, the EAGALA model is a solution focused base that enhances the emotional benefits of behavioral rehearsal and experiential component that is displayed when observing the horses in free will interacting with clients. The core populations that we serve are combat veterans, at risk/high risk teens & young children with grief.
Animal assisted therapy with horses combines the positive emotional effects gained from the human/horse bond with opportunities to challenge and explore one's thoughts and internal struggles during activities with an equine partner. It is a therapeutic intervention that defeats the stigma often associated with traditional counseling, but more importantly, it is an intervention that works.
***Visitors and Volunteers Welcome! We do have a strict policy of keeping all visits to a scheduled appointment or meeting time. No walk-ins are allowed, this is for your safety, the safety of the horses and the farm. Thank you for understanding.
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.