PROGRAMS

Emotional-Social Opportunities

Social-emotional opportunities are programs such as outdoor programs, athletics, arts, cultural experiences, skill building, etc. 

*Research has shown that children who participate in extracurricular activities benefit greatly in terms of mental, emotional, and physical health. Participation in social-emotional opportunities is a healthy outlet that can reduce stress, improve mood, build relationships, and create a sense of belonging and community as students feel more connected and supported. For many children, such activities are a means to help heal trauma.

Additionally, as students explore interests and create broader perspectives, they develop a higher self-esteem, increase confidence, improve academic performance, and develop essential life skills. 

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Basketball player

Foster Care Support

Some of the biggest challenges faced by families and children in foster care are: 

  • accessibility to programs
  • lack of resources, especially those with special needs 
  • lack of support for youth
  • depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that can lead to substance abuse without supportive outlets
  • instability in placements, schools, and relationships 
  • lack of normalcy

Emotional-Social Opportunities

Swim teamSocial-emotional opportunities are programs such as outdoor programs, athletics, arts, cultural experiences, skill building, etc.

*Research has shown that children who participate in extracurricular activities benefit greatly in terms of mental, emotional, and physical health. Participation in social-emotional opportunities is a healthy outlet that can reduce stress, improve mood, build relationships, and create a sense of belonging and community as students feel more connected and supported. For many children, such activities are a means to help heal trauma.

Additionally, as students explore interests and create broader perspectives, they develop a higher self-esteem, increase confidence, improve academic performance, and develop essential life skills.

Foster Care Support

Basketball playerSome of the biggest challenges faced by families and children in foster care are: 

  • accessibility to programs
  • lack of resources, especially those with special needs 
  • lack of support for youth
  • depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that can lead to substance abuse without supportive outlets
  • instability in placements, schools, and relationships 
  • lack of normalcy

Our Sponsored Partners

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Foster Care System

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There are over 390,000 children and youth across the United States in foster care. Over 30,000 are in Texas. Mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet health need for these children and teens. Chil­dren and youth who come into alternative care, or out-of-home care, expe­ri­ence trau­ma; includ­ing abuse or neglect, and are at increased risk for long-term emo­tion­al, behav­ioral, and phys­i­cal health prob­lems, among oth­er chal­lenges.

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Change, Hope, & Wellness strives to provide normalcy among underserved youth. Normalcy promotes well-being and healthy development among children and teenagers when they can participate in everyday, age-appropriate activities that support their mental health, including after-school sports, music, art programs and performing arts, and other outdoor activities. Providing normalcy in foster care, specifically, includes managing risk, giving children the opportunity to act like children, develop a sense of belonging, learn new skills, and encouraging the development of a child’s interests and strengths.

How We Are Helping

We help youth in the following ways:

  • Provide sponsorships to programs such as music, sports, dance, arts, etc.
  • Provide support with Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, back to school, food banks, and special occasions for youth in foster care.
  • fostering mental health wellness among children and youth 
  • helping keep kids physically active
  • providing normal experiences for youth in need of support
  • facilitating support to young children and their families with back to school, holidays, and other needs
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