Overview: Dr. Kendall's Ph.D. study generated recommendation for a new model serving vulnerable young people: YHPE. His three master's degree studies public policy, humane education, and philosophical theology added substance to this model.
Our Vision: To create trusting, flourishing, and green spaces where youths and their families gain insights to improve the quality of their lives while learning the benefits of nature
Our Mission: To enhance the quality of life among unsafe children and mistreated young adults using sustainable principles and prevention measures.
1. Administer housing programs and placement services to unhoused and vulnerable youths
2. Provide prevention programs and developmental services to foster care candidates.
3. Coordinate an urban farm-to-plate and nature-centered ethics programs benefiting all stakeholders
4. Manage an Eco-friendly business incubator program leading to wealth management and home ownership.
4. Certify and expand Public Ecovillages.
Our Normative Culture Program and Character Coaching Services' roots stem from the Youthaven Restoration Philosophy of Solutions, Oughts, and Sustainability (S.O.S.): To restore our learners so that they are free of the pains and burdens leading to "poor impulse control" while promoting their self-interest and enhancing their critical thinking abilities.
So, what exactly is a Public Ecovillage: Public Ecovillages are sustainable living systems based on ecosophy or deep ecology (Arne Naess, 1989) designed to provide services that support a public good mainly but not solely for varied cohorts living at, around, or below the poverty level. For example, one Public Ecovillage can be for mothers and their traumatized young children needing safe homes. These living arrangements can be temporary or permanent, but each focuses on applying sustainable principles, healthy eating, and promoting a solutionary culture of humanity—norms over rules and virtues over vices.
Another Public Ecovillage can be for foster care youths, emancipating young people, runaway teens, and young adults needing safe, sustainable, and nourishing places to live. The ideal Public Ecovillage is an intentional community comprised of committed, compassionate, mindful, and qualified emancipated individuals drawn from our program who are willing to live in a sustainable and green community as their home. Youthaven staff would observe, evaluate, and interview all applicants before they have the legal standing to inherit the life-long rights to live in our future community called Lika's Landing.
We plan to establish a new clean-energy and sustainable micro-village model based on Dr. Kendall's doctoral research and his master's degree work at the Institute for Humane Education. The key stakeholders are the teens and young people facing vulnerable challenges, homelessness, and the need to have permanent homes. The priority for our divergent shelter program is mothers and their children needing safe placements and divergent services. Consequently, in Brown County, Ohio, or serving the mothers living in Hamilton County, Ohio, we are searching for a property (five to ten to as many as 35 to 100 acres or a small unused facility such as a school building) with structures to start this creative enterprise. Our priority location is in the southwestern region of Ohio, such as Brown County. Are you passionate about what we're putting together? Let us know! We also need a Friends Group: biologists, ecologists, renewable energy professionals, youth workers, health care & seasoned elderly workers, clinicians, and compassionate individuals to guide us. We're excited to have you join our team.
Whether you assist through monetary donations to help have yurts serve as our on-site shelters and residence, being an advisory or Friend member, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We can't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help those in need. Together, we can make a difference.