Our Mission Statement
Our mission at Square Peg is to empower marginalized school-aged citizens by working together with community partners to provide a youth-led, project based, structured mentoring program.
A Youth-Led Program
Citizens under the age of eighteen make up over one-third of the total US population. Youth are easily prone to marginalization and being muted, as it is an ill-defined age-group with limited lawful protection. This marginalization is often exacerbated by being part of excluded and/or disadvantaged groups. Youth who do not have social stability and positive social support are susceptible to becoming involved in unhealthy behaviors and experience declined mental and physiological health. Square Peg is a versatile project-based structured mentor ship program that addresses this need proactively.
Together, with the help of local communities, Square Peg works to give youth a voice, resources, and a support system needed to support their dreams to better their community with self-initiated projects and experiences. We offer the opportunity for students to find and follow their purpose. This gives community youth the opportunity to change the world for the better, in their way, in a supportive environment. Simply by being themselves.
What if we told you that we could solve the world’s problems by starting t the roots? That is how we feel at Square Peg. Youth citizens are the stem cells of consciousness! The potential and talent that lies within our young minds is limitless. All we need to do is ask.
The understanding that youth citizens are not a striated group of individuals, but, in essence, apprentices to life. The concept of youth is also ill-defined, leaving young individuals susceptible to a lack of protection. Because this is such a vulnerable group of individuals, it is easy to both discredit youth community efforts. On average, this reduces our power as a community–and nation–by 30%. Youth that fall into demographic groups that are regularly discriminated against (LGBTQ, minority, gifted, special needs, etc.) are even more prone to marginalization.