POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The Somerset Home
for Temporarily Displaced Children and all its programs (Brahma House,
Pathways independent living skills program, Passages, My Place and Whitney
House transitional living programs and the Street S.M.A.R.T. street
outreach program) have adopted to the positive youth development philosophy.
Each program’s training curriculum emphasizes the importance of
staff understanding that all youth need support, guidance, and opportunities
during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. With this support,
youth can develop self-assurance in four key areas that create a happy,
healthy, and successful life:
• A sense of competence: being able to do something well
• A sense of usefulness: having something to contribute
• A sense of belonging: being part of a community and having relationships
with caring adults
• A sense of power: having control over one's future
When these factors are being addressed and basic needs are being met
(food, clothing, health care, safety, and security), youth can become
fully prepared to engage constructively in their communities. It is
firmly believed parents are an important part of this process. Youth
are encouraged by staff to establish and maintain open lines of communication
with their parents.
It is the mission
of the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children to provide abused,
neglected and homeless youth with housing, a stable environment, and
supportive services that guide them in becoming contributing members
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page for quick connections to government, social service and media websites.
SOMERSET HOME REPORTS
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AUDIT | 2009 AUDIT | 2010
AUDIT | 2011 AUDIT
Annual Report | 2009 Annual
Report | 2010 Annual Report| 2011 Annual
IRS FORM 990
FORM 990 | 2011 IRS
Newsletter | 2010 Newsletter | 2011 Newsletter | 2012 Newsletter
Home for Temporarily Displaced Children belongs to several state and
national organizations. Click on the logos below to find out more about
National Network for Youth
National Network for Youth is dedicated to ensuring that young people
can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. In doing so, young
people are championed, especially those who because of life circumstance,
disadvantage, past abuse or community prejudice have less opportunity
to become contributing members of their communities. The
National Network website is http://www.nn4youth.org.
Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
New Jersey Alliance is a membership organization which represents agencies
serving "at risk" abused, neglected or otherwise vulnerable
children living in group homes, residential treatment centers, shelters
or specialized foster care settings. NJACYF provides advocacy on behalf
of its members and the children they serve to the state legislature,
the Department of Children, Youth and Families. This advocacy includes
issues of rate setting, licensing regulations and development of appropriate,
quality services for the children and youth of New Jersey who are unable
to live at home and require out-of-home settings. The NJACYF website
Council on Accreditation
The Council on Accreditation
for Children and Family Services promotes best-practice standards; champions
quality services for children, youth and families; and advocates for
the value of accreditation. The COA website is http://www.coanet.org.
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