Phoenix House Teens'
Teen clients at our Phoenix House Academies inWestchester, NY, and Los Angeles, CA are diving into springtime with new projects and workshops in the visual arts. Our New York teens were treated to aspecial art workshop conducted by acclaimed painter and printmaker Wendy Mark, where they learned the art of monotypes and proudly created their own designs. In California, teens have been working for three months on a gorgeous mural project with local artist Roger Dolin; the mural was recently unveiled and the clients are thrilled at the outcome of their team effort.
Our Phoenix House Academy of San Diego campus now features an organic garden, created and managed by our teen clients. These teens learn valuable skills about planning, maintaining, and cultivating their own food and other plants.
“Over the last two years the garden has served a great number of kids who are city-dwellers and no longer have a connection to a village or a garden where people grow their food,” explains Antonet O’Toole, the counselor who oversees the gardening program. “Even those who do not work in the garden benefit from it. They have a first-hand opportunity to witness how food travels from the garden to the table.”
To learn more about the garden project, click here.
Dublin Clients Ride
At Phoenix House Academy at Dublin, clients participate in horseback riding lessons thanks to the generosity of Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH. The farm provides the kids with six weeks of horseback riding lessons and an opportunity to learn how to groom and care for the horses.
Orion, one of the clients at Dublin, said, “Horseback riding gives me a sense of accomplishment…I am grateful and happy when I have a chance to ride.” Riding helps our young clients relearn the principle of trust, which is often lost during addiction and is critical to the relationship between rider and horse.
To learn more, click here.
True Story: Sarah
Growing up with an abusive father, my life was chaotic and I felt lost. By high school, I was smoking marijuana daily, skipping school, and using ecstasy and coke. I didn’t care what happened to me. I entered the Phoenix House Academy of Austin broken and out of touch with reality. I was immediately embraced by the staff and the other kids in the program. I realized that these people genuinely cared about my life. I finally felt like I had a family who loved me. Today I have been sober for over two years, and I love my life today.
To read more of Sarah's recovery journey, click here.
Triumph for Teens
On May 3, 2012, Phoenix Houses of Florida will host its Triumph for Teens Award Luncheon at The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. This year’s event will honor Dr. Carl Kuttler for his commitment to our community. As president of St. Petersburg College, Dr. Kuttler showed great dedication to combating substance abuse. He was also honored by the President of Guatemala for coordinating the gift of 1,000 computers for use by law enforcement officers in the war against drugs. Proceeds from the event will support Phoenix Houses of Florida’s efforts to help teens reclaim their lives. To learn more and to register, clickhere.
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