The experience I have had using the Dangers of the Mind (DOM) curriculum is that it works well with youth regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic status because: 1) a good leader can incorporate culture and/or tradition into the sessions; 2) it builds on the strengths of each youth involved and provides ways for the youth to become a part of something positive; and 3) the support not only comes from the leader but from each member of the group because they learn to use the skills they are being taught by practicing with each other and then with people outside of the group. DOM has been a great addition to the services we provide here at Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange County, especially because it is the youth’s choice whether they want to be a part of the group and it is not forced on them.
DOM is an awesome journey for youth to experience. It’s relational, practical and empowering – it shows them how they are ready and able to lead, serve and make a difference now. DOM encouraged a real sense of community and support in our youth group; a real sense of openness and trust was present.
I love journeying with the youth and seeing them be challenged and grow into a deeper relationship with self, others and the community. DOM works for our kids!”