ur youth’s present, is our future. Our empowerment programs will instill a unique set of values to help our youth prepare for their journey into adulthood. The LVF R2C2 philosophy is rooted in what we believe to be the key elements of healthy and critical development. Our philosophy seeks to incorporate many of the familial based teachings while acknowledging the unique challenges that face our local community. The R2C2 philosophy has 4 points of emphasis that, when followed, set our youth up for continued success and excellence. We firmly believe in the fact that everyone in our community has the ability to be GREAT, and with the proper guidance, they will undoubtedly surpass any expectation set forth by anyone who believes differently.
From thorough communication, active listening, and emotional intelligence, to using appropriate names, harnessing self-confidence and demanding more from one another, respect is the cornerstone of positive and healthy relationships. We teach through a lens of respect. We expect our students to understand and believe in it enough, that they teach it to others as they model for them the way.
Holding youth accountable, providing them with tasks and a space to be creative begins to move them from feelings of invisibility and powerlessness, where acknowledgement only comes from negativity, to a place of higher expectations. When we raise our expectations our boys and girls will rise to their full potential. Whether through programing, workshops or conversations, we trust our students with appropriate levels of responsibility. Thereby, providing a greater sense of adulthood and acknowledges the invaluable experiences that coincide with such a journey.
The recurring images of negativity and counter-productivity in the lives of our youth begin to instill expectations of mediocrity, violence, and contentment with educational failure as the norm. Consistent role models and the ongoing practice of good habits help develop a culture of excellence and hard work. In addition, it helps youth seek out opportunities to be successful students, community members, and future professionals. Consistency develops rituals and encourages ongoing, appropriate, non-traditional and relational structures.
Relationships. Relationships. Relationships. Building, evaluating, and strengthening relationships open the hearts of our youth to efforts of bonding beyond surface levels. It’s not caring, if they do not believe that we care for them. It all begins with the quality and intent of the relationships that we build. We seek to equip our students with the necessary skills to navigate healthy relationships and encourage them to do their part in making those relationships work.