Courage for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a safe
social culture in which youth and parents are supported to develop social
and emotional competencies towards success in school and life.
Instead of focusing on problems CFY pro-actively fosters courage and
wise decision-making based on sound values.
Peer culture through technology is becoming the dominant influence
in shaping our young peoples’ lives. A lack of safe boundaries and ethical
on-line interaction exposes our youth to a dangerous world. Overexposure to technology is impairing the development of quality social relationships and everyday judgment.
" Without enough face-to-face interpersonal stimulation a child’s neural circuits can atrophy, and the brain may not
develop normal interactive social skills.”
Exposure to unrealistic stereotypes and superficial values are in
opposition to the development of a thoughtful and contributing
member of society.
" Girls struggle with mixed messages: Be beautiful, but beauty is only skin deep. Be sexy, but not sexual. Be honest, but don't hurt anyone's feelings. Be independent, but be nice.
Be smart, but not so smart you threaten boys."
Human connections are under siege leading to social and emotional
isolation. We have more resources and more parents trying to be effective,
but they are impacted by the anti-family elements in our culture.
• 73% of youth do not have meaningful relationships with adults.
• 80% do not believe adults in the community value them.
• 63% do not have the assets (skills and knowledge) to
resist negative peer pressure.
Over 70% of youth have been bullied by the time they reach grade 9, with emotional assaults the most common form of bullying, the form that leaves the deepest scars. Students say adult intervention is infrequent and ineffective and that teachers seldom, if ever, talk to their classes about bullying. Both teachers and parents are often unaware of the extent
of the problem."
(PATH, May 2002)
If your daughter (or son) can develop a sense of self that is deeply rooted, then she (he) will grow up to be a resilient and
self-confident woman (or man)."
Dr. Leanord Sax
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