our philosophy & strategy


Understanding the HomePlate philosophy is vital, as it guides all interactions between adults and youth in the program. An in-depth discussion is necessary to fully explore the nuances of the philosophy, but it can be summarized by the simple phrase “Meeting Youth Where They Are”. In order to “meet youth where they are” we start by establishing a trusting relationship built on mutual respect and non-judgment. Once we have a strong relationship established we offer supportive and solicited guidance regarding concerns about the risks and consequences of certain behaviors and provide information, support, services and supplies as necessary.


In addition to the concept of “Meeting Youth Where They Are”, HomePlate uses a framework of positive youth development called “The Circle of Courage”, which is supported by contemporary research, the heritage of early youth work pioneers and Native philosophies of child care. Each quadrant of the Circle of Courage stands for a central value (belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity) of an environment that can claim and reclaim all youth. An in-depth training on the Circle of Courage will be provided to all core volunteers. For more information, volunteers can check out the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future, from which the Circle of Courage concept originated.