Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa is looking for dedicated individuals who want to volunteer to serve as mentors for children who have experienced trauma. Our Mission is to improve the life course of foster and adopted children who have experienced early developmental trauma. We achieve this by developing life skills through equine-assisted learning and community mentorship. Our Model is built on these values:
While interaction with a horse is therapeutic in and of itself, it is the consistent, one-on-one time that makes the Stable Moments mentorship model so successful. Teaching these children how to communicate with their horse through body language, energy and pressure lets them develop a greater capacity for empathy, social- and self-awareness. As these youth get comfortable in their routine with their mentors and horse, their willingness to apply themselves improves. This success eventually translates to home, school and community settings.
Children who have suffered abuse and neglect have good reason to be untrusting of people, especially those in authority or care roles. For these children, the horse provides an alternative sentient being with whom they can achieve a partnership through trust. This type of relationship—which is often foreign to these children—can be the beginning of building more stable connections with other humans, hence the name Stable Moments.
The Stable Moments mentorship model runs the length of a typical school year. The longer youth have access to the same horse and mentor, the more stability. Each mentor session builds on the last to create a strong foundation that equips these children to make healthy choices, value themselves and become productive members of society. Mentorship and development of life skills through EAL give these children a glimmer of hope and a reason to live when all they have known is how to survive.
If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, and are willing to commit to a nine-month course of service, we want YOU. Please contact us through our website www.trotusa.org fill out an application and tell us you are interested in being a mentor for our Stable Moments Program
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