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Our mission is to help bring awareness to the power of the human-animal bond through humane education. We provide animal therapy as an intervention to at-risk youth, where both can connect and together learn patience, trust, empathy and success.
Pawsitive Impact focuses on the human-animal relationship by providing animal therapy as an intervention for at-risk youth. We are now rolling out our latest program, Adolescent Learning Powered by Humane Advocacy (ALPHA).ALPHA's purpose is to help at-risk teens develop skills to become resilient, compassionate, and responsible members of the community by training shelter dogs to become more adoptable. Throughout our therapeutic program, at-risk youth and shelter dogs connect and together learn patience, trust, and empathy. Our curriculum combines humane education with character development. Communication skills are a large part of our program, both with dogs and other humans. The youth are taught to understand dog behavior and body language. This understanding can then be related to understanding themselves and others better. The youth are partnered up to encourage them to collaborate and cooperate. Leadership is another area of focus. Once participants have completed our program, they are allowed to return to following sessions as mentors. Throughout our program, participants listen to guest speakers that expose them to animal-related careers. Our hope is that they will be exposed to a job that they could pursue and learn the skills necessary to become productive members of society. The final goal of our organization is to help at-risk youth feel successful. Our program encourages participants to set goals for themselves and their dogs. Reaching those goals may not always be easy, but they develop patience, perseverance and a sense of self worth along the way.
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