Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

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Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

Paws & Pals is requesting donations for our one of a kind healing program. Your donation will enable us to offer healing, mentoring & happiness to the 62,000 children & teens attending school in our service areas. Paws and Pals is an animal-assisted therapy center dedicated to helping youth ages 5-... Read More

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Paws & Pals is requesting donations for our one of a kind healing program. Your donation will enable us to offer healing, mentoring & happiness to the 62,000 children & teens attending school in our service areas. Paws and Pals is an animal-assisted therapy center dedicated to helping youth ages 5-20 identify and address mental and behavioral health concerns using trained and certified dogs to create an animal-human bond experience to facilitate therapy sessions and mentorships. Our team program, K.I.N.D. (Kids In Need of Dogs) Therapy is designed to help children learn to identify and express their emotions through planned activities with their assigned dog and mentor. The intent is to reduce the stigma around mental health and illness to eliminate a child’s thought that “something is wrong with me”. This healing process is offered in our 9000 square foot community building named the Dawg Pound. The Dawg Pound is an all-inclusive, safe place with over a dozen healing stations, plenty of room to play with your Paw & mentor and always know you are part of our "village".


Our goal is to serve 75 kids each week based on daily/weekly activities, monthly themes, and community needs. Parents will have the opportunity to participate in educational training classes, support groups, and group activities while their child is in session.

 

The outcomes Paw & Pals is working to achieve:

- Enhance cognitive skills, verbalize their emotions, and learn coping

   skills.

- Train and certify 75 therapy dogs

- Collaborate with area school districts, hospitals, nonprofits, and

   businesses

- Create a sense of community for youth and parents to build a

   village of support

- Create volunteer opportunities for youth and provide job skills

   training

 

Ongoing Long-Term Project Benefit for Participants

The ongoing and long-term benefits of the K.I.N.D. Therapy Program is to provide:

 To mitigate the long-term effects of untreated mental anguish in children that can carry on and worsen in their adulthood.

 Reduce problems at home and school that will help youth to develop healthy relationships.

 A safe and judgment-free zone for youth (and parents) to feel comfortable expressing and being themselves.

 Improve social & communicative skills, cognitive self-care, and learn new coping and behavioral habits.

 Equip parents with tools and resources to support their child’s needs.

 

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Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

Tonia Haakonstad, on behalf of

Paws & Pals

Your donation will be used to further our mission to heal, educate and connect with hundreds of youth in our communities. We are Changing Lives One PAW at a Time. Join our "Village" please!

Tonia Haakonstad

After 20 successful years in the finance industry, Tonia decide that her drive to succeed would be better served in the Nonprofit sector. In 2014 she created and started the 501C3 Nonprofit Wishes with Wings. Wishes with Wings has granted over 1000 birthday and quality of life wishes to children and teens living in homeless, residential, addiction recovery and domestic violence shelters. My passion for helping children and teens coupled with my own experience of how dogs can heal brought me to my new creation Paws & Pals.

Blue Springs, Missouri

Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

badge Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

$0 of $50,000

 

Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

Tonia Haakonstad, on behalf of

Paws & Pals

Your donation will be used to further our mission to heal, educate and connect with hundreds of youth in our communities. We are Changing Lives One PAW at a Time. Join our "Village" please!

Tonia Haakonstad

After 20 successful years in the finance industry, Tonia decide that her drive to succeed would be better served in the Nonprofit sector. In 2014 she created and started the 501C3 Nonprofit Wishes with Wings. Wishes with Wings has granted over 1000 birthday and quality of life wishes to children and teens living in homeless, residential, addiction recovery and domestic violence shelters. My passion for helping children and teens coupled with my own experience of how dogs can heal brought me to my new creation Paws & Pals.

Blue Springs, Missouri

Paws & Pals Heal Mental Illness: Youth

Paws & Pals is requesting donations for our one of a kind healing program. Your donation will enable us to offer healing, mentoring & happiness to the 62,000 children & teens attending school in our service areas. Paws and Pals is an animal-assisted therapy center dedicated to helping youth ages 5-... Read More

Youhelp Share

Campaign URL:


Paws & Pals is requesting donations for our one of a kind healing program. Your donation will enable us to offer healing, mentoring & happiness to the 62,000 children & teens attending school in our service areas. Paws and Pals is an animal-assisted therapy center dedicated to helping youth ages 5-20 identify and address mental and behavioral health concerns using trained and certified dogs to create an animal-human bond experience to facilitate therapy sessions and mentorships. Our team program, K.I.N.D. (Kids In Need of Dogs) Therapy is designed to help children learn to identify and express their emotions through planned activities with their assigned dog and mentor. The intent is to reduce the stigma around mental health and illness to eliminate a child’s thought that “something is wrong with me”. This healing process is offered in our 9000 square foot community building named the Dawg Pound. The Dawg Pound is an all-inclusive, safe place with over a dozen healing stations, plenty of room to play with your Paw & mentor and always know you are part of our "village".


Our goal is to serve 75 kids each week based on daily/weekly activities, monthly themes, and community needs. Parents will have the opportunity to participate in educational training classes, support groups, and group activities while their child is in session.

 

The outcomes Paw & Pals is working to achieve:

- Enhance cognitive skills, verbalize their emotions, and learn coping

   skills.

- Train and certify 75 therapy dogs

- Collaborate with area school districts, hospitals, nonprofits, and

   businesses

- Create a sense of community for youth and parents to build a

   village of support

- Create volunteer opportunities for youth and provide job skills

   training

 

Ongoing Long-Term Project Benefit for Participants

The ongoing and long-term benefits of the K.I.N.D. Therapy Program is to provide:

 To mitigate the long-term effects of untreated mental anguish in children that can carry on and worsen in their adulthood.

 Reduce problems at home and school that will help youth to develop healthy relationships.

 A safe and judgment-free zone for youth (and parents) to feel comfortable expressing and being themselves.

 Improve social & communicative skills, cognitive self-care, and learn new coping and behavioral habits.

 Equip parents with tools and resources to support their child’s needs.

 

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