WHO WE ARE
Chateau Vert is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping Transition-Aged Youth (young people between the ages of 18-24 who are in transition from state custody or foster care and are at-risk) receive the attention, mentoring, education and support they need to successfully transition into adulthood.
We offer Transition-Aged Youth unique study-abroad trade apprenticeships in back-to-basics life and marketable skills. For one month to up to nine months, these youth have the opportunity to:
• Leave behind their everyday environment which oftentimes hinders their growth and development with negative influences, lack of resources and hope.
• Travel to France and experience the beauty, culture and history of a European country.
• Live in a 17th century chateau within a nurturing family atmosphere.
• Be taught the highest level of hand craftsmanship in various traditional trades and arts by renowned masters.
• Live the green (Vert) of the past: to become unplugged, away from the distractions and pace of media and technology, and to become empowered by the knowledge of how to make things with ones’ hands, how to garden, cook and eat what one has grown, how to tend to animals, and how to truly see, feel, smell, touch and taste.
At Chateau Vert, our goal is to teach our apprentices character-building qualities, providing them vital tools that can be applied in all aspects of their lives as they prepare for a more solid future.
• Patience through process
• Confidence through accomplishment
• Problem-solving abilities through challenges
• Discipline and self management through hard work
• Camaraderie and sense of belonging through teamwork
• The pursuit of excellence and quality through attention to details
• Cultural and ecological awareness through education and exposure to the world
All young adults at age 18 to 24 are facing their future. But those without a family are facing it alone, uncertain, without encouragement, protection and support. All young adults need and deserve to have dreams and goals for their future, and to have the chance to fulfill them.
Chateau Vert provides the opportunity, support and the boost they need in order for these young adults to have that chance.
There is no program like this in the world!
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