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Meet a Member: Charles Hall Youth Services

Charles Hall Youth Services

The mission of Charles Hall Youth Services is to assist at-risk youth in making a successful transition from troubled adolescence to mature adulthood. Charles Hall envisions itself as a leader in providing strengths-based, relational program services to children and families through a continuum of faith-based services, mental health partnerships and community-based program services. They seek to meet the needs of at-risk youth in a holistic way, working toward healing and strengthening youth emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

In 2015, Charles Hall Youth Services will celebrate 50 years of service. At its founding in 1965, the agency served Native American youth from North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation. Today, they serve girls ages 10 through 19, from all ethnic groups and backgrounds. For the majority of the past five decades, the agency has served both boys and girls needing residential foster care placement.

Charles Hall is known for its relationship-based programming, which includes experiential education, arts mentoring, and strengths-based therapy and case management. These core program components complement independent life skills education, recreation, health and fitness, nutrition education, creative arts, and spiritual life program activities. Approximately 50 percent of their youth are Native American, and they work to offer culturally appropriate care and connections.

Charles Hall continues to be community-based in Bismarck, with three group homes. They partner with area schools, social service providers, medical professionals, and youth-serving organizations like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, Wilton Mentor Program, and HOBY International (youth leadership). Youth interface with the real world and real people through daily activities, school, and therapeutic programming. Their newest program addition includes DRUMBEAT© where youth participate in therapeutic drumming and curriculum using multiple sizes of djembes to learn relational skills and self-regulation.

For more information about Charles Hall Youth Services, visit the website or contact them at 701-255-2773.