Jocelyn’s story is part of a series of stories supporting our Holiday Season Fundraising Campaign. Please consider a donation to help Jocelyn and children just like her get the nourishment they need to grow. Thank you.
Joselyn is a bright, intelligent, happy young girl with a great passion for exploring and learning. When she’s at the Project, there’s never a moment when she isn’t smiling or laughing.
However, at home it’s a different story. Joselyn sees aggression modeled to her daily and is often on the receiving end of that aggression. Luckily, her mother saw Joselyn needed time away from home and signed her up to come to Project Somos. Here, our trained therapist and teaching staff are showing Joselyn how to manage strong emotions in more positive ways. How to build special friendships with her classmates and how to use different ways to show how she feels rather than the punching and kicking she saw modeled at home.
Jocelyn has told us that the Project is her favorite place after being with her Mom. She says she always has lots of fun, learns a lot and plays with her friends. She runs, dances, sings the gorilla song and feels very comfortable in a place where no one laughs at her, but better still, everyone joins in with her when she dances.
Joselyn hasn’t always found it easy to change her behavior, however, we have seen her learn to understand the importance of positive, respectful relationships with her friends. With our support and guidance she’s been able to learn and reflect on the benefits of treating her friends better. Her home life is complicated, but it’s comforting to know that her Mom is by her side, doing the best she can for Jocelyn, and that we are right there with her.
Please note that we use different names and photos of the children in these stories to ensure their anonymity and safety, however, their stories are told authentically, respectfully and honestly.