The Long Walk Home has recently partnered with Crossroad Hope Academy to help their foster kids develop important life skills through the Youth 10 Challenges to Serve program. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, Veteran volunteers from The Long Walk Home meet with the kids and work through the challenges together. The Youth 10 Challenges to Serve program is designed to help young people build character and develop important life skills. The challenges include activities such as setting goals, practicing gratitude, and learning about self-care. With the focus being on education, enabling them to achieve their goals. By completing these challenges, the foster kids are able to develop a sense of purpose and learn how to serve others.
The Long Walk Home is committed to helping young people develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. By partnering with organizations like Crossroad Hope Academy, we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of young people in their community. The Youth 10 Challenges to Serve program is just one of the many ways that The Long Walk Home is working to make a difference.
Once a month, The Long Walk Home features a Veteran to speak with the foster kids, and the impact of these conversations is inspiring. These Veterans bring a unique perspective and experience to the table, inspiring the kids to overcome their challenges and persevere through life’s obstacles. The interactions between the Veterans and the kids create a sense of camaraderie and respect that both parties deeply appreciate. For the Veterans, it provides a chance to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of young people. For the foster kids, it provides an opportunity to learn from real-life heroes and gain a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by our service members.
Working through the challenges not only provides valuable lessons and insight for the kids, but also serves as a therapeutic outlet for the Veterans. Many of them find a sense of purpose and fulfillment in sharing their stories and experiences with the next generation.
Volunteering with us can make a great impact on the lives of foster kids and those in the juvenile court system, especially if you have personal experience, so we strongly encourage you to join us as a mentor.
If you would like to learn more about what we are doing and join us in supporting young foster kids, visit our website for more information.