Changing Leads Foundation has generously agreed to help underwrite the cost of a week of summer-extended day programming for a Children’s Aid and Family Services of New Jersey group home for young girls this August.
The mission of Changing Leads is to impact and inspire at-risk youth through safe horsemanship programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values. Most members of the eight-person board are accomplished equestrians.
“Horses offer unconditional love and honest feedback that can allow their riders to explore feelings and develop a sense of confidence, respect, empathy, and responsibility,” says Changing Leads founder Erika McEneny Hanauer. “I wanted to share that experience with others who might not have that natural opportunity to spend time with horses otherwise.”
Several of the organization’s board members plan to lend their expertise during the summer week. The girls from Children’s Aid and Family Services will be at the farm for three hours each day and will enjoy riding and activities that teach horsemanship as well as illustrate key life skills in addition to arts and crafts, beekeeping and gardening.
"Pony Power is thrilled to partner with this dynamic group,” says Dana Spett, Pony Power Therapies founder and executive director. “They understand – as we do – the natural relationship between horse and human and realize the countless therapeutic opportunities available to any individual in this setting. We applaud the mission of Changing Leads Foundation, and their support exemplifies how much can be accomplished through community partnerships."
“We are truly grateful to Pony Power Therapies and the Changing Leads Foundation for providing such a wonderful opportunity to children in our care whose young lives have been blighted by histories of neglect and abuse,” adds Children’s Aid and Family Services President and CEO Jerry Binney. “This will make their summer!”