The primary focus of our school system is to teach reading, writing and arithmetic. However, there is an entire world on which to educate children, including critical thinking about life choices, goal setting and how to be high-functioning in a dynamic, diverse society, which is learned through life experience, as opposed to books. What many of our children – particularly in communities of underserved, economically disadvantaged youth – lack are life lessons on how to live a successful life, and exposure to certain life experiences that might be lacking in their environment. Things like health and wellness, financial responsibility, etiquette and decorum, public speaking, service mindedness and much, much more are often missing from the total life education tapestry of these children.
In order to truly break the cycle of poverty, educating youth on life skills is a must. The Village Enrichment Program (The Village) addresses the need for rounding out this aspect of a child’s education, supplementing it with information that will enable that child to lead a successful, healthy, well-balanced life; and it does so by calling upon the community at-large to step up, roll up their sleeves and get involved in small, yet impactful ways. Together we can make huge advances in preparing youth to live their best lives – to excel!