Lionheart's Youth Programs

Lionheart’s youth programs have been integrated into thousands of prisons, juvenile institutions, social service agencies, schools and community programs throughout the United States and abroad.



An innovative staff training and support program that builds the essential and foundational social and emotional regulation skills required to deliver trauma-informed care, reduce burnout and turnover, and create relationships that help youth heal. 

A practical and accessible book written for highly at-risk youth to identify their strengths and take control over their lives, while increasing their understanding of the emotions and beliefs driving their high-risk and offending behavior. curriculum/program for behavioral change, emotional healing, and successful rehabilitation and reentry.

Power Source

A curriculum/program for highly at-risk youth to identify their strengths and take control over their lives, while increasing their understanding of the emotions and beliefs driving their high-risk and offending behavior.

Power Source Parenting provides teenage parents with critical coping skills using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and positive discipline practices

Power Source Parenting

Equips teen parents with social-emotional competencies and regulatory skills to become emotionally available and nurturing parents, and to raise their children in a healthy way.


for direct care staff serving at-risk youth

We know that trauma-informed care depends on the presence of self-regulated adults. But stress, challenging youth behavior, and staffs’ own trauma histories can impact our capacity to show up in “a good way.”

That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to EQ2, an interactive training and support program to help staff: 

  • Build skills to de-escalate crisis 
  • Develop resiliency practices that help reduce burnout, secondary-traumatic stress, and turnover
  • Build their self-regulation skills and understand their own triggers 
  • Model and build youths’ social and emotional skills 
  • Understand trauma’s impact on youth’s behavior and development 
  • Reduce co-worker conflict
  • Create healing communities of support

Watch the EQ2 overview video!

I am in love with this program. I think that it is incredibly beneficial for our group home staff and clients to utilize. It has made a tremendous impact so far, and it's nice watching the program be implemented on a daily basis.

jenn balut, keystone adolescent center

Explore EQ2 Resources

Ready to check out the EQ2 App?

1. Download the app by clicking on one of the buttons
2. When prompted for an "Agency Code", enter: EQ2Summer24
3. Enjoy!

Feel free to share the App with others in your agency!

Explore the Introduction to the Online Facilitator Training

The EQ2 Online Training for Facilitators contains all of the information needed to facilitate the program. Check out the introductory section to get a sense of the training.

Click here to preview the online training.

Power Source

for at-risk youth

Power Source is an evidence-based program designed to empower at-risk youth with the social and emotional skills necessary to forge paths of healthy development and disengagement from high-risk and offending behaviors. Speaking directly to the needs of trauma-impacted youth, Power Source combines empirically backed, evidence-based interventions with real world language, concepts, and stories directly from system-involved youth and adults.

This widely embraced program helps youth:

  • Learn effective strategies for emotion regulation
  • Change negative core beliefs about themselves
  • Reduce engagement in high risk behavior, such as interpersonal violence
  • Heal from histories of trauma
  • Discover alternative coping strategies to substance use
  • Develop resilience and acquire the social and emotional skills associated with success in school, the workplace, and in the world at large

Your book Power Source has changed my life entirely. I have been in and out of placement for the last 4 years then a month ago I got a chance to read your book then my whole world changed. I used to do all the high risk behavior you listed in your book except two. But now I have a plan after I get out to go to college to become a counselor and a preacher and it’s all because of your book. Thank you so very much for everything.

william, 17 years old, locked youth facility, virginia

Power Source is listed on, a repository of evidence based programs from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, Power Source is included in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Program Guide. 

Explore the Power Source Materials

Book for youth at risk <br> (Spanish)
Book for youth at risk
Workbook for youth at risk
Workbook for youth at risk
Facilitator Manual
<br>for use both in groups and individually
Facilitator Manual
for use both in groups and individually
DVD Series <br>to augment the PS Curriculum
DVD Series
to augment the PS Curriculum

Power Source Parenting:

for teen parents

Most teen parents share one thing in common — the desire to be great parents, the kind of loving and unconditionally supportive caretakers they may not have had. Power Source Parenting empowers youth to become exactly that. 

Power Source Parenting is an innovative, trauma-informed program designed to provide adolescents with the knowledge and skills they need to grow into strong adults, become effective parents, and raise healthy children. What separates Power Source Parenting from other programs is the belief that self regulation lies at the heart of effective parenting and that you can’t teach your own children critical social and emotional skills without possessing them yourself. 

The interactive, thirteen-session program addresses:

  • How to balance the competing needs of being a teen and being a parent
  • Managing challenging emotions
  • The importance of creating a healthy attachment to your baby
  • Using positive discipline practices
  • Establishing healthy relationships with partners
  • Finding common ground with the baby’s father
  • Three generational living
  • Understanding how high risk behavior impacts your ability to parent effectively
  • Becoming an emotion coach to your child

Power Source Parenting gives young parents vital information, practical tools and a clear picture of challenges they will face and skillful ways to meet those challenges

molly baldwin, director, roca, chelsea, ma

Explore the Power Source Parenting Materials

Book for teen parents
Book for teen parents
Facilitator's Manual
<br>Easy to use guide to group facilitation
Facilitator's Manual
Easy to use guide to group facilitation