Our Focus

Mission:

We engage, develop, grow and empower teens from hard places toward living a full life at their full potential. Through connection and relationship, they are equipped with the tools needed to move from surviving to thriving.

Vision:

Connect all teens from hard places in Greater Cincinnati with an audacious and intentional community of relational resources, empowering them to discover their own self-worth and the power of relationships. Truth emerges— their passions are legitimate, their dreams are attainable and, returning as mentors, their wisdom is priceless. Meanwhile, the generational cycle of poverty suffers a deadly blow.

We believe that relationships are key to anyone’s long-lasting wellness and success. We believe that change happens through relationship and must be about the whole person: body, mind, spirit.

This is the crux of every teen’s map toward academic, career, and/or overall life success.

The E.D.G.E. cycle is how they get there:

ENGAGE in relationship.

DEVELOP a plan.

GROW in community.

EMPOWER toward purpose.

ENGAGE in relationship: Each teen begins with an in-depth individualized assessment of needs, ranging from physical needs to mental health to academic challenges to relationship deficits and so on. Teens are met with a Villedge team and the message: we want to know you and know what you need.

DEVELOP a plan: Matched with a coach, each teen begins to set goals, and create and work individualized plans toward growth. Through our enrichment programs, teens are provided with opportunity and training in understanding the importance of relationships and healthy living for success.

GROW in community: As teens work their plans, Villedge continues to offer opportunity for connections with both individuals and organizations that are on mission with Villedge.

EMPOWER toward purpose: As teens continue to practice engaging, developing and growing, they have opportunities to measure their success and celebrate goals achieved. The EDGE cycle continues as they pursue new goals and bigger dreams.

ENGAGE in relationship: Each teen begins with an in-depth individualized assessment of needs, ranging from physical needs to mental health to academic challenges to relationship deficits and so on. Teens are met with a Villedge team and the message: we want to know you and know what you need.

DEVELOP a plan: Matched with a coach, each teen begins to set goals, and create and work individualized plans toward growth. Through our enrichment programs, teens are provided with opportunity and training in understanding the importance of relationships and healthy living for success.

GROW in community: As teens work their plans, Villedge continues to offer opportunity for connections with both individuals and organizations that are on mission with Villedge.

EMPOWER toward purpose: As teens continue to practice engaging, developing and growing, they have opportunities to measure their success and celebrate goals achieved. The EDGE cycle continues as they pursue new goals and bigger dreams.

METHOD

Teens maintain a weekly rhythm of enrichment programs, coordinated support, community groups, and one-on-one coaching that emphasize strengthening individual character, building connections and developing skill sets. All enrichment activities and programs underscore the value of relationship and healthy living and are funneled through one or more of our five targeted areas. We built these five pillars of programming to strategically offer our teens with abundant opportunity to build habits of living a full and balanced life:

Healthy Living
Physical health is imperative for growth. Through a variety of activities, our young people learn about eating healthy, maintaining physical fitness and the importance of caring for one’s own body. Ambassadors join Villedge teens in regular workouts such as boxing and lifting with the goal of building teamwork, confidence and perseverance. Group camaraderie is established and kids begin to grasp the value of healthy life balance.
Active Learning
Education is essential to any success. We emphasize ownership in one’s academic career and that intellectual investment brings a profit. Goal-setting includes: improving grades, graduation, college and career tracks, job readiness, job connections, and long-term career planning. Ambassadors play a part as mentors, tutors, and cheerleaders. Life skills included, we underscore that learning is a lifelong goal and can happen beyond the classroom.
Growing In Community
People are not wired to be alone. And relationships are the lifeline of Villedge. Our teens learn the value of relationship and the power of being a part of a community. Organically and in organized activities, they grow interpersonal skills, life skills and strong character. Ambassadors support this process through mentoring, coaching and event/activity planning and/or participation. Also, through specific support groups, teens have a safe place to process and practice vulnerability. Specific trauma support groups are also offered.
Expressive Creating
Everyone has a story to tell. We celebrate the value of creativity and self-expression by offering opportunities to explore various art disciplines on a weekly basis. We connect creativity and innovation with leadership and character development. And we highlight the importance of “making stuff for the fun of it.” From baking, to music, to woodworking, Villedge teens discover the joy and satisfaction of creating. Ambassadors participate through mentoring, teaching, event organization and/or participation.
Fill and Refresh
You can’t pour out if you haven’t filled up. We celebrate the hard work our kids put in and emphasize that a healthy life rhythm includes a time to fill up. We highlight the value of filling and refreshing— engaging in activities and practices that bring joy, rest and fun. Teens’ goals include discovering what healthy activities and practices are soul-feeding and life-giving. Our goal is to audaciously celebrate them and outrageously love on them. Ambassadors get to join in through support teams that facilitate, organize and participate in Fill and Refresh activities.
Healthy Living
Physical health is imperative for growth. Through a variety of activities, our young people learn about eating healthy, maintaining physical fitness and the importance of caring for one’s own body. Ambassadors join Villedge teens in regular workouts such as boxing and lifting with the goal of building teamwork, confidence and perseverance. Group camaraderie is established and kids begin to grasp the value of healthy life balance.
Active Learning
Education is essential to any success. We emphasize ownership in one’s academic career and that intellectual investment brings a profit. Goal-setting includes: improving grades, graduation, college and career tracks, job readiness, job connections, and long-term career planning. Ambassadors play a part as mentors, tutors, and cheerleaders. Life skills included, we underscore that learning is a lifelong goal and can happen beyond the classroom.
Growing In Community
People are not wired to be alone. And relationships are the lifeline of Villedge. Our teens learn the value of relationship and the power of being a part of a community. Organically and in organized activities, they grow interpersonal skills, life skills and strong character. Ambassadors support this process through mentoring, coaching and event/activity planning and/or participation. Also, through specific support groups, teens have a safe place to process and practice vulnerability. Specific trauma support groups are also offered.
Expressive Creating
Everyone has a story to tell. We celebrate the value of creativity and self-expression by offering opportunities to explore various art disciplines on a weekly basis. We connect creativity and innovation with leadership and character development. And we highlight the importance of “making stuff for the fun of it.” From baking, to music, to woodworking, Villedge teens discover the joy and satisfaction of creating. Ambassadors participate through mentoring, teaching, event organization and/or participation.
Fill and Refresh
You can’t pour out if you haven’t filled up. We celebrate the hard work our kids put in and emphasize that a healthy life rhythm includes a time to fill up. We highlight the value of filling and refreshing— engaging in activities and practices that bring joy, rest and fun. Teens’ goals include discovering what healthy activities and practices are soul-feeding and life-giving. Our goal is to audaciously celebrate them and outrageously love on them. Ambassadors get to join in through support teams that facilitate, organize and participate in Fill and Refresh activities.

We partner with communities, agencies, schools, families and individuals to create an individualized road map toward success for each of our young people. For more information about our services and partnerships, Contact Us