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To empower at-risk children, youth and families in Los Angeles County, through education and social services, to overcome trauma, gain self-esteem and achieve their goals.
El Nido focuses its efforts in four core program areas: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Parent Education and Family Development, Teen Parent and Infant Development, and Youth Development: Teen Pregnancy, Delinquency Prevetion, and Gang Prevention.
Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
El Nido believes that prevention and the earliest possible intervention can break the cycle of abuse, creating a brighter future for children and families. Each year children, youth and family members realize benefits such as reduced abuse/neglect (subsequent reports of abuse/neglect reported to DCSF in only 5% of our cases), relief from symptoms of trauma among children, and improving family functioning.
Parent Education and Family Development
El Nido works with mothers and fathers who want a healthy, happy and successful future for their children. The Parent Education Program is the first line of defense against potential child abuse/neglect, school failure/dropout, teen parenting and other problems El Nido addresses. Skilled facilitators teach parents, in a culturally appropriate manner, about child development, loving discipline methods, strategies for promoting school success and effective communication.
Teen Parent and Infant Development
Without intervention, teen parents are at higher risk of dropping out of school, becoming welfare dependent and living their lives in poverty than those who delay parenting. Through home visits, trained case managers reach out to teen parents who are isolated, overwhelmed and unprepared for the challenges of parenting. They assess the unique needs of each teen parent and baby, and link them with services that help both to thrive, including health care, counseling, educational assistance, vocational training, housing, nutritional and/or income support.
Youth Development: Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Delinquency Prevention
El Nido makes a difference in Los Angeles, offering a variety of programs, both large and small, to enable adolescents in challenging circumstances to cross the bridge to responsible adulthood. Our programs have taught youth concrete skills to advance their educational and career goals and to postpone parenthood until they can provide for their families.
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