Stoneleigh is committed to supporting young people’s overall well-being, including their social development and mental and physical health. We invest in work that helps youth thrive in their communities, improves the health of those involved in the child welfare and youth justice systems, and interrupts community violence. The lived experiences of young people, as well as research on childhood trauma and toxic stress, are fundamental to this work.
- Identify and treat underlying trauma that can lead to system involvement
Experiences of trauma can lead to involvement in the child welfare or youth justice systems. We support strategies that address parental mental health or substance use issues that help families stay together. In addition, we invest in systems change approaches to resolve the root causes of young people’s trauma and behavioral issues that too often serve as a pathway into the justice system.
- Ensure young people involved in the child welfare and youth justice systems receive high-quality, coordinated care
Young people involved with the child welfare and youth justice systems disproportionately struggle with chronic health conditions, mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and profound experiences of trauma. However, the care they receive is frequently fragmented and insufficiently addresses their complex needs. Stoneleigh seeks to build strong coordination and continuity of care across systems, and ensure that young people receive culturally competent and high-quality treatment.
- Eliminate youth violence
We believe that youth should feel safe and be able to thrive. We support approaches that address the needs of youth who are affected by violence in their communities. These include prevention strategies focused on reducing the likelihood that youth become harmed by or responsible for violence as well as intervention strategies focused on reducing violent behavior among those already engaging in violence. We also support strategies that address the physical, emotional and social needs of those who have been harmed in order to disrupt the cycle of violence that can frequently trap these young people.