Our youth of today look at the educational system and ask, "Why?" They look at the values of their parents and say, "That's not for me!" They laugh at the political machinery, see how environmental and social concerns are few, and say, "Nothing is working." They live with hopelessness in a love-starved world and feel, "What's the use?" So begins the life of abuse in all its ugly forms.
Warehousing of youths within the social systems, which happens today whether intended or not, only continues this disempowerment. They take it out on themselves without knowing what they are doing or why, causing social issues of near epidemic proportions in our burgeoning cities and an overload for our courts, educational institutions, social service systems, and treatment facilities. Rural areas are experiencing a growing problem as well. Can we find collective answers and implement solutions? We believe so.
Visionary insights and perspectives lead to paradigm changes in society. Currently, the situation regarding at-risk youth is cumbersome and oblique in regards to understanding the ‘big picture’ and the solutions necessary to empower change in our youth. As a society, we are failing our young people miserably. Recidivism within the youth correctional and social service programs, evidenced by the high concern of State and Federal officials and educators across the nation, needs our collective attention now. We need a program that synergizes available resources and rallies the public spirit toward a new approach to empowering change within the disenfranchised youth caught in the cycles of rebellion and rejection. We can start with at-hope youth instead.
Experience and research has shown that three critical components: a charter school, residential treatment center, and community technology center can indeed work as one, which can profoundly affect youth in positive directions. Spectrum Academy, as a learning organization, uses a holistic systems approach toward education, treatment programs, and community engagement. Spectrum Academy’s programs meet the emotional and intellectual needs of the youth, which allows the person to grow and the student to learn while understanding the value of their education.
The need for implementation of a better approach is obvious to those within the juvenile correctional and treatment systems. This business plan details a high-level framework and action plan that takes initiative using proven processes. The inclusion of a data center for e-curriculum storage, subscription, and web hosting services creates an additional revenue stream while providing computer training opportunities for the students and community. The students can develop web-businesses as well. Spectrum Academy is ingenious, innovative, and timely for our youth, providing an environment and leadership team that facilitate transformational educational and living experiences that truly empower the future leadership of our communities.
Do we want to continue refusing to learn from our children? Our team has a unique combination of skill sets that allows us to utilize our learning in order to develop processes and programs that fit the unique situations of each young person that enters our environment. We can get results with your help and support.