Our vision includes that qualified residents (including children) will inherit the right of home-ownership—we want to end child homelessness forever! Help Us! We are looking for skilled people to use innovation to create a holistic and new living system for those living with trauma and vulnerable challenges.
We will use ecosphere ethics and shared values as the cornerstone of our vision; meanwhile, the staff will coach clients to align their character with their ultimate aims in life. The vision becomes more practical by helping our youths improve their decision-making and critical-thinking skills. Finally, we want to prevent poverty by teaching our learners about wealth management skills while modeling the art of voluntary simplicity.
The founding board members introduce Youthaven Public Ecovillage as the first Public Ecovillage, having edible landscapes and an organic urban-farming-to-plate program. We plan to provide services to our residents and community stakeholders. We invite the community members to help us creatively solve some of the pressing issues of poverty, nutritional hunger, and climate extreme's impact on the quality of life among those living at, around, or below the poverty level.
Dr. Glenn Kendall, the founder and executive director of this 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization, introduces an entirely new intergenerational program based on his Ph.D. study entitled Understanding Effective Models of Group Care: Enhancing Group Home Services for Homeless, Abused, and Runaway Children. The operating principle expands so that each generation reaches back to pull the next generation forward and beyond while helping to preserve the natural environment. The scope of services includes foster care youths, homeless teens, and abused mothers and their children requiring temporary living in an eco-friendly environment that focuses on healthy eating, nutrition, recycling, and renewable energy. Finally, we are deeply concerned with the International Panel of Climate Change findings documenting the local perils and global impact of a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature increase. With this view in mind, we will plan our job training and entrepreneurial services around this critically important endeavor.
Humacy is Dr. Kendall's term for denoting that human nature involves two sets of competing factions that have life-determining consequences. One set involves innately based character traits commonly called vices, and the other focuses on our innate ability to do good things, widely called virtues. For virtues to overcome vices, organizations, institutions, and practices must be organized to cultivate what the normative culture at Y.P.E. considers morally right while guarding against disruptive and disrespectful behavior. These positions are based on the insights from such essential and foundational thinkers as Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue 1981, Dacher Keltner, Born to be Good, 2009; and James Behuniak, Jr., Mencius on Becoming Human, 2005.
Y.P.E.'s "Humacy Model" is a triangulated approach created to succinctly capture as policy the methodologies, the building of human bridges, and strategies for compassionately improving behaviors and attitudes among its stakeholders, traumatized youth clients, and learners at the Youthaven Public Ecovillage. The essence of Humacy is to cultivate one's innate and learned virtues to overcome one's based and learned vices. The founder of Youthaven Public Ecovillage, Dr. Glenn Kendall, coined this term to advance innovative concepts and languages to inform the public, board, and staff about reversing disruptive behaviors and prevent the vulnerabilities that children and families often encounter in poor-resourced communities.
Y.P.E.'s philosophy includes the social belief that behaviors frequently follow intentions. Therefore, each person in our intentional community must be responsible for addressing troublesome behaviors and disrespectful communication. Meanwhile, adults and trained stakeholders must also discern the hidden motives (intentions) associated with oppositional behavior. By combining these two approaches, addressing oppositional behavior and exposing hidden agendas, all learners recognize that they have management's full support to embrace the organization's non-negotiable norms.
At the same time, staff, stakeholders, and peers will teach each other that they have innate capabilities that can be either nurtured or neglected depending on their surroundings, culture, peers, and role models culminating in positive or negative consequences. Students will learn positive habits and constructive attitudes when staff aids to nurture their abilities appropriately. Suppose they are not aided in this matter. In that case, management runs the risk that the youths will reintroduce the street culture norms into the program, resulting in management no longer being able to sustain the normative culture and Humacy. At Y.P.E., management aims to break the negative impact of the street culture that leads to the vicious cycles of victimization, incarceration, and infractions. We plan to meet this challenge by employing and integrating the three aspects of Humacy: Normative Culture, Character Fulfillment, and Restorative Justice. A concise description of each term is below.
Normative Culture is most concerned with establishing agreed-upon and responsible norms for improving behavior and creating a safe and respectful environment.
Character Fulfillment functions as the sacred mandate in which the learners help to realize the full potential of their expanded character and then align it with their ultimate concerns.
Restorative Justice is a mediation approach involving primary stakeholders to compassionately address infractions, violations, and conflicts while closing the pipelines to prison.
Four Core Strategies at Y.P.E.
A.C.E.D. (Advocacy, Critical Thinking & Communication, Empowerment, and Development) is the grounding of Humacy at Y.P.E. It represents the core findings of Dr. Kendall's Ph.D. research findings to improve the quality of congregate care and services.
Intra-Consequentialism is very different from Utilitarianism. Dr. Kendall uses this term to help youths critically think through their decisions, options, and judgments before taking actions to best determine the consequences or outcomes from their behavior.
Nature has Legal Standings is based on Christopher Stone's (1972) stellar moral argument that the natural environment has legal rights in his book Should Trees have Standing—Law, Morality, and the Environment (2010). His compelling treatise sparked a worldwide debate that reached the Supreme Court. It serves as one of Y.P.E.'s organizational and philosophical pillars.
The Seventh Generation Precept is our guideline for decision-making involving the sustainable impact human actions have on the natural and social environment, public and individual health, and human and civil rights for future generations.
The Y.P.E. Board recognizes that certain feelings often nurture intentions and impulses that lead to poor outcomes. This mindset forms the basis for cultivating either a good or bad character (set of habits). When the emotions are uncultivated, the propensity is that behaviors are more governed by vices than virtues. When the primary stakeholders properly cultivate their feelings, they will learn to ensure that their behaviors are governed more by virtues than vices. In this manner, an intentional environment can produce mature and responsible adults with the discipline to successfully realize their ultimate concerns in life if the culture supports such goals. The science for this approach is found in Marc Ian Barasch's (2005) Field Notes on the Compassionate Life—A Search for the Soul of Kindness and in MacIntyre's After Virtue (1981). Therefore, at Y.P.E., youths will no longer be swayed by negative peer pressure or their own based and often secret desires to harm themselves or others because they will be swayed by the power of what Barasch calls the heart-brain (pp. 128-129, 2005). The diagram below shows our model for "a more harmonious integration of reason and passion" (Barach, 2005, p. 2005).
Suppose there was a race between feelings and thoughts in your body; which one would win. McCraty's ten years of research shows that "Emotions... is faster than thought." The policy implications are enormous (Barach, 2005, p. 128). The above image depicts the research finding that our hearts and how we feel are dominant over our thoughts and ideas. Therefore, when an intentional culture promotes compassion and discipline, like the one at Y.P.E., youths will learn that the heart can greatly influence behaviors and actions.
The Negative Diamond has two main facets, the outer and inner. Dr. Kendall further divides the outward aspect into two street-culture statuses: dominant and victim. The diagram represents the face of the culture as seen by the behaviors and actions of learners and stakeholders. The inner facet conceals the hidden impetus of one's feelings, judgments, and actions, giving rise to negative emotions, oppositional thinking, and disruptive behaviors. It is the dark side of one's character and the downward spiral of human nature.
The average earth surface temperature was under 0.0 degrees Celsius in 1880 while above 1.0 degrees Celsius in 2020. The The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists, with a very high level of confidence, predicts that the average earth surface temperature will exceed even 3.0 degrees Celsius or higher if all governments and societies do not take critical mitigating actions before the earth surface temperature reaches 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius—with 2.0 being the tipping point of no return for centuries to come even with mitigations. \Scientists inform us that this increase will result in prolonged heat waves, droughts, crop planting dates to shifts, lift sea levels, rapidly melt glaciers, reduction of rainforest biomass, and extreme and severe temperate and climate fluctuations.
The Founder of Y.P.E., along with the Board members, are very concerned about the impact that the climate crisis will have on populations that are already living in a crisis mode, specially low-income families, poor people living near seashores, climate refugees, and homeless individuals.
The 1.5 degree C is the critical threshold that provides "enough heat to push many of the natural systems that sustain us past a dangerous turning point...
once we cross the 1.5 degrees-line, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse polish off their martinis, look at each other, and say, “It’s go time.” (www.climaterealityproject.org).
The Youthaven Public Ecovillage Board is being Reorganized. A listing of their bios coming soon. The current Board members are:
Mati Alamirew Chairperson
Glenn Kendall, Ph.D., Exec. Director & Founder
Carmela Laya, M. Ed. Co-Chairperson
Dr. Kendall (Temp) Board Secretary
Jay Hicks, Board Director/ Green Services
Files coming soon.
We seek to network and partner with a wide range of organizations, agencies, and businesses. Some include local colleges, agencies and government offices, the Federation of International Communities, the Institute for Humane Education, and other organized efforts willing to serve at-risk populations.
The Board seeks help on this incredible journey to improve the quality of life among youths living with challenges requiring urgent attention and compassion. However, the acquisition of land and structures is most important, followed by the influx of green technology, financial leads, and advice. So, we need your help. If you are inspired to help, please email me, email@example.com.
We will follow the Institute for Humane Education's Solutionary Approach to solve and address social and educational challenges by identifing all impacted by the crisis and the perpetuating systems. This solution includes all people, other species, and the environment. Once they understand the systems that create and support the problem,
We will follow the Institute for Humane Education's Solutionary Approach to solve and address social and educational challenges by identifing all impacted by the crisis and the perpetuating systems. This solution includes all people, other species, and the environment. Once they understand the systems that create and support the problem, they devise a solutionary solution (Retrieved on February 5, 2022, from https://humaneeducation.org/what-is-a-solutionary/).