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k9 connection is a project of OPCC (formerly the Ocean Park Community Center) of Santa Monica, California.
k9 connection brings the magic of dogs and kids together. Vulnerable teens from 14 to 18 years train homeless shelter dogs in basic obedience, assisting the dogs to develop the skills to become adoptable.
k9 connection empowers vulnerable teens to apply the lessons they teach the dogs to their own lives: to develop an awareness of the risks of uncontrolled and impulsive behavior, and to believe in the power of positive reinforcement as an alternative to force and violence.
k9 connection aids teens in becoming responsible community members by focusing on goal setting, personal accountability and personal motivation.
k9 connection, a non-profit pilot project of OPCC, works with dogs rescued from Los Angeles area shelters in a year-round curriculum designed to educate and inspire teens in challenging situations. Intensive two-week programs are designed specifically for counselor-referred teens at participating schools; concluding with a graduation celebration and the placement of each dog in a permanent home.