The Youth Project

Youth at risk impulse control, anger management, stress reduction

In 2003, The Lionheart Foundation launched The National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-At-Risk. This project consists of two major programs, Power Source and Power Source Parenting.

Lionheart’s program for youth at-risk, POWER SOURCE is now on Crime an evidence-based repository of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that serves as a clearinghouse of information about what works and what is promising in justice programs and practices. Power Source is also included in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Program Guide.

1. The Power Source Program for youth at risk

The Power Source Program was created to empower youth at-risk with the social, emotional, and behavioral skills associated with paths of healthy development and permanent disengagement from the prison pipeline.

This evidence-based and widely embraced program helps adolescents learn effective strategies to manage challenging emotions, reduce engagement in interpersonal violence, heal from histories of trauma, discover alternative coping strategies to substance abuse, while equipping them with the skills that promise success in school, the workplace, and in the larger world.

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I decided to run a group with Power Source. The kids loved it. It’s an amazing program. I have been looking for something like this for a long time.
– Psychologist, Allentown, PA

Young People Meditating

2. The Power Source Parenting Program for teen parents

Young MotherThe Power Source Parenting Program is designed to help young parents break intergenerational cycles of abuse and neglect. It was created to give at risk teen parents the guidance and skills they need to be loving, effective parents and raise healthy children.

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Power Source Parenting is awesome!   When I started reading the book I did not want to put it down.  I felt I could relate to the stories in the book whether I was 14 or 24 years old.  I am 24 now and I can remember when I had my first daughter at 14, having the feeling the teens in the book described. This book has offered not only many techniques and skills to better myself as a parent but has now offered me the opportunity to pay it forward.
– Health Educator, San Benito, TX


NEW!  Power Source Posters Now Available to Reinforce the Power Source Program

The Power Source Posters create an inviting and dynamic learning environment for the adolescents you serve. The posters augment the Power Source Program equipping adolescents with the social and emotional regulation skills they need to build healthy relationships, break intergenerational cycles of violence, high-risk behaviors, and be successful in the workforce.