Building Resilience and Restoration in Children--We achieve this by developing life skills through equine-assisted learning and community mentorship. The Stable Moments model is built on these values:
While interaction with a horse is therapeutic in and of itself, it is the consistent, one-on-one time that makes the Stable Moments mentorship model so successful. Teaching these children how to communicate with their horse through body language, energy and pressure lets them develop a greater capacity for empathy, social- and self-awareness. As these youth get comfortable in their routine with their mentors and horse, their willingness to apply themselves improves. This success eventually translates to home, school and community settings.
Children who have suffered abuse and neglect have good reason to be untrusting of people, especially those in authority or care roles. For these children, the horse provides an alternative sentient being with whom they can achieve a partnership through trust. This type of relationship—which is often foreign to these children—can be the beginning of building more stable connections with other humans, hence the name Stable Moments.
The Stable Moments mentorship model runs the length of a typical school year. The longer youth have access to the same horse and mentor, the more stability. Each mentor session builds on the last to create a strong foundation that equips these children to make healthy choices, value themselves and become productive members of society. Mentorship and development of life skills through EAL give these children a glimmer of hope and a reason to live when all they have known is how to survive.
Each child has an individualized plan of care that highlights their strengths and challenges. It also outlines goals to keep the mentor on track and directed during sessions. The model uses structured EAL activities to develop life skills such as emotional awareness, self-regulation, anger management, healthy relationships, social cues and appropriate boundaries just to name a few. Stable Moments also uses daily activity logs and progress summaries to ensure plan-of-care goals are being met and to collect qualitative data.
Contact Kathy at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a mentor, know a child who would benefit from the program, sponsorship opportunities, and more.
Stable Moments is a mentorship program that matches,
- 1 community mentor
- 1 foster or adopted child
- 1 horse
- 1 hour per week for 10 months
To develop life skills for healthy relationships and healthy transitions into adulthood.
Each child is given a plan of care that is color coded for the life skill areas they are working on. Community mentors then choose activities based on those colors.
To track progress, mentors complete activity logs at the end of each session. We also collect pre and post test data for life skill improvement and complete progress summaries at the mid-point and end of session the year.
Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a Mentor.
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