Our Core Values
These core values were created with input from our entire staff, over a long process that considered our vision, our young people’s needs, and how we want to accomplish our mission. These values are embodied in every employee and are a constant, driving influence on how we serve our community and the young people in our programs.
WE COMMIT TO EACH OTHER.
We hold strong to our own integrity, beliefs, and actions. We care for each other, acknowledging our traumas and joys, challenges, and celebrations. We show up in the face of adversity; and with our shared trust, inspire others to realize the true measure of bravery in moving forward together.
WE COMMIT TO OUR COMMUNITY.
We strive to create a place of safety and resource for our young people. We do this by connecting with allies who share our values and understand what can be accomplished with a network of support. Through this collaborative vision, we provide young people with the stability that is necessary for meaningful growth.
WE RESPECT THAT EVERYONE HAS A UNIQUE STORY.
We see each person’s story as a remarkable gift. We value the diversity of our staff and youth’s unique perspectives and their impact on our collaborative process. This allows us to expand boundaries and create innovative solutions to address challenges that often seem unconquerable.
WE BELIEVE THAT YOUTH CAN BE THE AUTHORS OF THEIR OWN LIVES.
By letting the youth voices guide our work, we develop a common language, build trust, and give them tools to unlock their potential. We affirm their lived experience and use the power of applause, positive reinforcement, and public acknowledgement to a create a lasting sense of personal value for our entire Storycatchers community.
WE ARE INNOVATIVE.
We believe that paired together, creativity and purpose are the keys to tackling the complex challenges confronting the youth. We explore and play, using our values to test boundaries and discover solutions that transcend traditional ideas and rules. We combine ingenuity and resources in extraordinary ways to develop art and the facility to make real change.