Crossroads for Youth has partnered with multiple organizations to help with the personal growth, healing and academic performance of the children at Crossroads for Youth.
Oxford Community Schools
From the beginning, the community of Oxford has been a generous neighbor to Crossroads for Youth. In 2000, the community solidified its collaboration with the nonprofit with the opening of Oxford Crossroads Day School. The nearly 8,000
square-foot school was constructed so students would have one central facility for traditional classes, as well as vocational studies. The school is staffed by Oxford Community School teachers and assistants. For more information on Oxford Crossroads Day School, visit www.crossroads.oxfordschools.org.
For the past five years, Crossroads for Youth has been working with this organization that pairs troubled youth with difficult-to-place rescue dogs. During the
five-to-ten-week program, dogs are brought to the Crossroads for Youth campus. Working with a trainer, the children teach the dogs positive reinforcement behavior. The youth learn about empathy, anger management skills and develop patience, while the dogs learn more acceptable behavior. The program is highly successful for both the children and the animals; after completing the program more than 90 percent of the dogs find forever homes and the children receive a Level 1 dog training certificate.
“There is evidence that pet therapy works and works well,” said Chris Veihl, Clinical Director for Crossroads for Youth. “It helps a lot with healing. Dogs give unconditional love; they don’t judge and that is something our kids need.” For more information on Teacher’s Pet, visit www.teacherspetmi.org.
Additional special partner programs
All Seasons Communications
Angelic Tails Kennel
Banbury Cross Equestrian Farm
Brain Balance Achievement Center
Forgotten Harvest Food Bank
Orion Area Chamber of Commerce
Oxford Chamber of Commerce
Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village