The Value of Dysfunction project aims to create a supportive family for adolescents who are in need of one. Using peer on peer leadership with adult supervision the vision of this project is to create spaces where adolescents can create goals for themselves instead of being given a path to follow.
Research shows that there is need for a project that allows adolescents to understand what they want while having the support the group (see research paper for more details). Ultimately the goal of this project is to take adolescents who have experienced or are experiencing severe dysfunction and give them a stable family.
is adults or adolescents who were/are routinely exposed to substance abuse, direct abuse (verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual), or poor mental health/ ineffectively treated mental disorders by their parents/ guardians/ or immediate family members. Other factors could include familial rejection or strong disapproval based on the individual's sexual orientation, gender identity, spiritual beliefs, or other behaviors deemed inexcusable by family. This definition also encompass poverty, incarceration of immediate family members, and/ or continued and normalized illegal activities of any kind. Other considered factors are repeated traumatic life events such as experiencing or viewing rape, assault, general violence, or death. Many of these conditions overlap and no single factor alone is enough to characterize a family situation as dysfunctional.