Who Needs Us

The educational system. Oversize classrooms, critical teacher shortages, budget cuts which ensure the depletion of liberal arts & culture programs, insufficient technology, low performance and participation in the S.T.E.M. content areas; all spell out a desperate cry for help! We must invest in our children and can no longer sustain the divisive economic inequality which plague our neighborhoods and rural communities. We are the unique space created “…where change meets progress!”

Why We Exist

Somebody Who Cares is a place designed to impact the lives of disenfranchised youth utilizing the three (3) eternal pillars of human existence: Faith, hope, & love. Without faith you cannot believe all things are possible; without hope the future is dark; and without love your impact will never be felt Youth who have experienced extreme trauma, poverty, and violence deserve a space to explore their possibilities, experience uncharted territory, and develop an entrepreneurial spirit which transcends their current circumstances.

SWCDEC has a “trinity-phase” approach to youth empowerment:

  • The “I V.A.L.U.E. Life” summer enrichment program for at-risk youth (Phase I)
  • S.T.T.I.O. conflict resolution digital media program for public schools (Phase II)
  • Transitional housing program for recently released juveniles and wards of the state. (Phase III)
Children who have experienced trauma or who live in extreme poverty experience a lack of equity and opportunity, and most of the services available lack the intensity and duration needed to change their life trajectories (FOC, 2016). SWCEDC has answered the call by combining our conflict resolution program with over 20 years of digital media experience to educate at-risk youth in the process of resolving conflicts, while advancing their skills in the demanding field of digital media utilizing two (2) curriculums and real time 3D animation.

Our Programs

At A Glance Overview

The # I V.A.L.U.E. life summer enrichment program is an extension of the S.T.T.I.O. empowerment program designed for behavior intervention during the academic school year. The summer program assists youth in addressing conflict resolution in the absence of required academic responsibilities. All sessions are conducted in the presence of a licensed family therapist which include both pre- and post- behavioral assessments. The program is designed as a 10-day work program created to embrace the movement of positive decision making. Building on Glasser (1998), Wubbolding (2017) defines the “quality world” for human existence.

The program alternates daily with the BushellMedia Group 3-D Animation Curriculum based on the designated focus for the day. Participant-Observers submerge their intellect in establishing a “quality world” based on their current reality. During a conflict, the process requires participant to:
  • V. Verfiy you have been offended
  • A. Assess the situation
  • L. Listen to the other side of the story
  • U. Understand the resolve to move forward
  • E. Expect the unexpected!
Bushell Media Group is the sole creator of the digital media training curriculum which fuses both S.T.T.I.O. and #I V.A.L.U.E. life curriculums to create one dynamic digital journey for youth to change their current downward trajectories.
Many choices are made every day by individuals, and unfortunately, some people have a tendency not to think before making the choice depending only on their needs of the moment. We, at the Somebody Who Cares Destiny Empowerment Center, want to encourage young people to learn how to make good decisions. We believe we have developed a method that works. In teaching this method interwoven through this curriculum, young people are given tools that they can use to make good decisions that will help them live prosperous and successful lives.

Stop - Stopping before acting on a decision that may be wrong is the first step in making good choices. Choices made hurriedly often create remorse on the part of the decision maker. Weighing the options of our decisions gives clarity in how to move ahead in confidence.

Think - Taking the time and energy to consider the possible consequences of a decision is imperative to the process. Without this step of the decision-making process, the decision maker may blindly forge into a situation they could regret. Thinking through all the possibilities allows for a good decision to be made.

Talk It Out - Before acting on the decision made, it is a good idea to share the decision with a parent, pastor, counselor, or trusted friend. Other viewpoints and experiences can be priceless in making and acting on a decision. The process of talking it out can bring clarity to the decision maker of the choice they make, or have made, before acting on the decision.

  • Lesson 1: Why do I have to make choices?
  • Lesson 2: Timing a decision/establishing goals
  • Lesson 3: Stop making quick gratification decisions.
  • Lesson 4: Considerations of decision making
  • Lesson 5: What do you believe about yourself? (Self-Value)
  • Lesson 6: What does God think of me? (God’s view of people.)
  • Lesson 7: What could happen from my decision? (Pros and Cons)
  • Lesson 8: Will it matter in the long run? (Long-term results of decisions)
Following the steps of good decision making will not only benefit the person making the decision, but also benefit all around them. God provides wisdom to those who seek him as shown through the scriptures. Honor and glorify God in the choices you make every day
As youth get older they must prepare for the transition to adult life. Transitioning to adult life means planning for future needs including health care, employment, education, and independent living. As youth approach adulthood the transition planning process should provide them with tools and resources to increase their ability to lead productive adult lives MDHHS, 2018).

There are Six Core Elements for transitional housing defined by Children’s Special health Services of Michigan:
  • Create a transition policy
  • Identify transitioning youth
  • Identify the needs of youth and family
  • Create a transition plan with youth and family
  • Transfer to adult providers
  • Evaluate and review
SWCDEC is a registered vendor with the State of Michigan and is in the process of partnering with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to become a licensed service provider for transitional housing for recently released juveniles, as well as homeless youth. It is our goal to implement the program design on a full scale submergence.