1. We believe that teens have a voice which needs to be heard and valued in the community.
2. We believe that every teen deserves to have someone in their corner.
3. We believe that goals and dreams are admirable and to be encouraged.
4. We believe that young people need to have character development encouraged, taught, and lived out by example.
5. We believe that there should be a safe, fun, empowering environment for teens to grow and develop.
6. We believe that the basic needs of teens need to be met if we expect them to function in the community in a healthy manner.
7. We believe that teenagers deserve to be surrounded by their community, their family, and caring adults
8. We believe it takes a village to raise a family. Therefore, Pro Deo is not only here for teens but for parents and the community.
It is because of these beliefs that Pro Deo’s Mission is to create a relational community where every teen is loved, valued, and equipped for change. We are empowering teens to build strong communities.
Empowerment: Believe in teenagers. Let them know that it’s okay to take risks, try at life, and pursue their dreams. We demonstrate authenticity in our own lives and expect it out of the youth whom we work with and serve.
Education: We want youth to know that education is important and valuable. In a time when youth tend to not appreciate school and what they are learning, we make sure that they are given all the resources needed to succeed. We offer tutoring, help filling out college applications, and encourage parents to help set goals with accountability.
Life Skills: Many youth find themselves in the midst of chaos while doing everyday tasks; something that most adults experience. This is why we teach youth how to cook, change their oil, make a budget, plan for college, write a resume, do laundry, and other essential tasks. This occurs in one-on-one mentoring environments or in small group settings.
Character Development: We saved this one for last because this is where we teach teens what it is like to have integrity, honor, compassion, cooperation, creativity, generosity… the list could go on. The way that they learn character the quickest is through example. We model this through our interaction with them, their parents, and people in the community.