Closed January 17
All YMCA of San Diego County branches and the call center will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our January deal ($0 join fee + January free) is valid online using My Y Code JOIN22.
The Connections Project is a 5 year federal research demonstration project which uses a relationship focused approach to improve the well-being of foster, runaway, homeless and exploited youth. We use one-on-one coaching and wellness classes based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Harm Reduction (HR).
Research shows that youth who are subjected to trauma are more susceptible to high-risk behaviors and experience unhealthy social bonds in adulthood. Through this project, we have found that a focus on building relational competencies can reduce high-risk activities and improve social connections, resiliency and emotion regulation. This leads to a greater sense of well-being, increased contribution to family and community, and decreased reliance on public resources
C.A.V.E. is an evidence-informed approach to working with transition age youth (TAY) to increase well-being and engagement in services. It is relationally-focused and helps those involved with TAY to connect and align with youth while facilitating healthy brain development.
For more information about the Connections Project, contact: