Our Own Way circumvents resistance from at-risk teens by meeting them on their own terms, in the parks and streets. Free of a formal framework, outreach counselors slowly cultivate relationships and trust. They identify underlying feelings of resentment and injustice, and guide teens to formulate their own social-action response. Our Own Way encourages engagement, self-expression and positive identity.

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“I am happy to disclose that underneath these tough kids, that at first just told me to leave, lies youth with hearts of gold! They are just looking for me to give them direction, and meet them … I just needed to show up over and over and not be put off by their sharp barbs … mostly tons of patience.”

Tomer L. (At-Risk Youth Counselor)