Older children in institutional or foster care settings continue to benefit from and depend on responsive caregivers. Institutionalized adolescents, especially, often struggle mightily during their teen years. Without encouragement, many give up on themselves. Half the Sky’s child-centered approach is designed to bring the best out in every young person, despite insecurities and challenges, according to his or her own strengths and interests.
Half the Sky-trained mentors spend time getting to know and developing an individual plan for every child. The plan may include music, art, computer or language lessons. It may include tutoring or sports or vocational training. It may even include college prep and support through university years. The mentors are a constant presence in young people’s lives, providing guidance and hugs as needed, teaching them always that it's all right to have the same big dreams as other children ... and to go after them.