Saving Face with About Face
We have several beneficial programs designed to help our students. Each program serves a purpose in helping troubled youth turn their lives around. Our About Face Service Corps program is among these important services that we offer. About Face is a military-style program that is for court-referred at risk teens that focuses on the importance of community service projects. It is a military style setup, where young men learn valuable life lessons.
The purpose of the About Face program is to guide troubled youth to change their behaviors by completing community service projects. This program teaches our students the importance of hard work, along with important work skills and what it takes to have good work ethic. These are important qualities for someone to learn at a young age that will be effective in the future for any job. Being involved with the community is a highly effective way to gain personal and social responsibilities. Having these skills is an important asset to life, and is best to be learned at a younger age. Community service can also help bring positive confidence to the individual, helping them build their own self esteem by assisting others.
There are many different community service projects that the About Face program has performed. The program is about two weeks, running Monday through Thursday. Students put in around 20 to 22 hours of community service in a week. A lot of the projects during the week are performed in Northeast Wisconsin. These consist of helping local communities with things like landscaping or constructions projects, and community events. An example of these projects would be chopping and bringing fire wood to some lower income families that use the wood for their wood burners or helping with the setup of Lifest in Oshkosh.
Some of the other community service projects that the About Face program is involved in consist of helping elderly and disabled people. They have been to nonprofit organizations such as Clarity Care in Oshkosh and Habitat for Humanity in Appleton. Every spring, they help out at Camp American Legion, a home for recuperating veterans located in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
Not only does the About Face program focus on the importance of community service, but it also helps students become more aware of their education and raising their grades. Students in the program attend two weeks of classes at the Starr Academy here at Rawhide. About Face also offers the option to attend a community church in which students can learn and practice moral values.
Participating in community service projects genuinely helps people become more responsible. It creates a certain satisfaction in knowing that you are serving a purpose by helping others. This is important because it helps our students get one step closer to achieving a more successful life. Completing community service projects through the About Face Program does help. It also helps us achieve our mission.