PawPADs, Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs, offers a novel new volunteer program designed especially for "youth-at-risk". It is called "Project YES!" (Youth Enrichment Services), and the project reflects the organization's core belief that working with dogs can provide a therapeutic and life-enhancing experience.
This program reflects the PawPADs positive training methods as well as "our ultimate goals which are to help "youth-at-risk" and individuals with disabilities share in the challenges of facing our world today."
Youth will learn to train service dogs and, in the process, develop skills and abilities such as emotional and social competence, leadership, increasing levels of responsibility, empathy, and even parenting techniques.
Just as important as the skills and abilities they learn, the youth will receive unconditional love from the dogs and experience the power and feelings of fulfillment of giving back to their community.
For more info: Contact PawPADs:
Phone: (952) 226-2063
Fax: (800) 655-7493
8239 150th St. West
Savage, MN 55378