Our Program for Young Adults
Penrith Farms is a young adult program in Washington state. We transition troubled young adults experiencing a failure to launch into adulthood and independent living. Our program for young adults utilizes a different model than most of our competition. Notably, we involve our residents in real world situations on a working farm. In addition, Penrith Farms provides a home like environment with real work and real outcomes. As a result, participants of our young adult program are able to validate themselves in a working environment. All of this is accomplished by providing a safe environment in which to make mistakes. An environment where young adults learn through experience and receive the support they need to be a success.
Most of our clients already have distrust for therapists and traditional treatment facilities before they arrive at Penrith Farms. Consequently, this distrust is why counseling at Penrith Farms happens spontaneously. Our counseling method happens in the moment as a situation develop rather than scheduled traditional therapy sessions out of context. In the end, students at our program for young adults develop awareness of their behavior and emotions in real time. Specifically, we provide coaching, counseling, mentoring, and therapy thus allowing troubled young adults to recognize their emotions and resolve them. Many troubled young adults at risk and failing to launch require this experience, and often desire it.
The Penrith Difference
Penrith Farms fosters trust and open communication between staff and our residents. As we earn trust, we challenge these troubled young adults to develop the skills to transition into a productive adulthood. The authentic connections we establish with residents will help them properly communicate, cooperate with others, and complete their commitments responsibly. We push residents to express themselves appropriately, work in a team, embrace natural consequences, and respectfully socialize.
Explicitly, Penrith Farms is a reflection of the challenges young adults face as adults. Now with this in mind, we provide a safe milieu where we accept making mistakes with the expectation one learns from them. Ultimately, the relationships that are built at our young adult program are life long. Most of our former students and their families remain in contact with Penrith Farms and each other. These relationship skills will serve them throughout their lives.
Who Can Our Young Adult Program Help?
We typically work with young adults over the age of 18. Young adulthood typically defines the transitional period between adolescence and adulthood. Generally speaking, adulthood is defined as having an education, a career, and a family. No longer does adulthood start at a specific time which means the age limit for our program for young adults is open ended. At risk youth are considered adolescents at risk of experiencing a successful transition into adulthood and independence which generally requires economic independence.
Troubled young adults at risk of falling behind their peers generally, but not always, have emotional and/or behavioral problems. Occasionally they may have substance abuse issues, participate in criminal behavior, have a lack of interest in academia, or are beyond parental control. None of these factors have to be present or one or more maybe present. The main point is that they are at risk of not transitioning into adulthood and remaining dependent upon their parents until, or if, they cut off support.
Our Young Adult Program exposes these young adults to many things that will aid them in transitioning into adulthood and and independent living. They learn honest & direct communication, engage in real relationships, learn the value of education & hard work, and gain an appreciation for family & how fortunate they truly are. All learned in a program for young adults on a farm in a home-like environment designed to bring out the best in everyone.