The National Youth Advocate Program's CANEI program is a 26-week, strength based, in-home treatment program that teaches youth how to live in and respect the community they call home and to develop compassion and empathy for the people close to them and for others.
Through intensive, home-based services, group-based sessions and a multi-dimensional approach, Living Skills Training and Service Learning Project, CANEI youth transform themselves by cultivating a sense of self, purpose and responsibility. They positively reconnect with others and live productively and respectfully in their community
- Strength-based approaches that help youth identify and develop positive personal traits and strengths and to build on and strengthen existing capacities and abilities. NYAP has an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop based on their inner strengths and the power to change.
- NYAP embraces the philosophy of a Constant and Never Ending Improvement and never giving up on a youth approach that helps youth identify and develop positive personal traits and strengths and to build on and strengthen existing capacities and abilities. NYAP has an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop based on their inner strengths and the power to change.
- Positive Youth Development that seeks to enable youth to establish a sense of internal understanding and self-control through the development of values and attitudes that help them define and identify themselves in relationships with others. CANEI helps youth distinguish between elders (the mature leaders and positive role models that are available) and “olders” (the negative role models and influences always predominant in the lives of at-risk youth) and to seek guidance and support when it is needed.
- Therapeutic Group Work that focuses on reinforcing the link between thinking/feeling and behavior to propose alternative responses and reactions to stress and/or conflict.
- Intensive staff to youth ratios one Treatment Coordinator and one Treatment Advocate to a maximum of ten families allows staff the opportunity to maintain daily contact with youth and families, seven days a week including weekends and holidays. NYAP staff members seek to immediately establish open, positive two-way communication and maintain that commitment 24 hours a day, everyday, for as long as the youth is in the CANEI program. When a Treatment Coordinator and Treatment Advocate reach their maximum of 10 youth/families and more referrals are made, NYAP will develop a second team!
- NYAP stresses staying connected and building community, using formal and informal resources/supports to provide youth the best opportunity to maintain their commitment to what they have learned in CANEI and continue on the right path.
CANEI is provided in Georgia, Indiana, Florida, Ohio and Illinois under a variety of state and local contracts.