Change Lives. Save Lives. Giving Tuesday.

YOC will be joining Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. It is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving alongside the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season.

This year, the Youth Opportunity Center is requesting funding to purchase 100 treatment toolkits. These bags will be given to each kid who begins counseling while at the YOC. For all children and adolescents, therapy can be a scary thing to do and they are often very hesitant and guarded to begin the process.  Our residents are much more guarded and resistant than the typical child, often due to a history of negative experiences with therapy and therapists, and suspicion as to our intentions and having their best interests at heart.

The welcome bags will help reduce some of the guardedness by communicating that our therapists desire to help them and want to provide them with the resources to do so. Many children and adolescents understand and comprehend intentions more clearly through actions and behaviors than through words, so this will be a material way for the counselors to communicate with them. The therapists can then refer back to these items throughout counseling sessions when the youth need support coping and calming (i.e. “did you try using that stress ball”, “I would like you to journal about that tonight”).


Here are some other ways you can help the YOC spread the joy of the holiday season with Giving Tuesday:

How else can I support Giving Tuesday?

Share our Giving Tuesday posts on social media, and help the YOC expand our ever-growing list of people who follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can even show your support on your profile with our special Facebook profile frame or upload our profile picture! Click below for more detailed instructions on how to use these.

For more information about the YOC Foundation and ways you can help the kids this holiday season, including the celebration of Giving Tuesday, contact the YOC Foundation at 765-289-5437 ext. 3332.