The Full Circle Project began in 1991 as a pilot project to investigate the effectiveness of inter-generational mentoring to prevent substance use/abuse among youth. Responding to community needs, we have expanded to include a range of social-emotional learning (SEL) based youth programs, parenting education & other family engagement opportunities, and a family resource center offering individualized, strengths-based family support, resource connection, and immigrant services.
Currently, Full Circle of Lake County offers:
- Youth Development Programs, rooted in social-emotional learning that aim to bolster protective factors against youth substance use and risk behavior. There are eight youth activity groups that meet weekly to participate in diverse, fun prosocial activities; community service projects; and peer leadership/education projects. As well as our charter mentoring program matching referred youth to positive adult volunteer mentors.
- Family Education & Engagement programs that range from traditional educational programming to family-focused activities. We offer parenting education groups classes, as well as 1:1 parent coaching for parents with barriers to attending the classes.
- A Family Resource Center & Immigrant Services to support community members in learning about and accessing the many resources available in our local community and across the state. For family leaders interested in a more intensive support, we offer 1:1 family support/case management to help families set and achieve goals, through leveraging their existing strengths we support them in identifying. We also continue to offer Women's Empowerment Group, a group for Latina women in the community to build connections, develop skills, and learn about resources and opportunities in Leadville/Lake County.