Changing Prisms

A voyage of self-discovery for young women


The Changing Prisms program is based on an experiential and cognitive behavioral therapeutic model of sharing information and organizing activities. It focuses on building problem solving skills during the coping process. As a result of their progress, young women receive positive reinforcement.


Program Details

More than 90 percent of female youth served by residential and foster care programs have experienced some form of abuse resulting in lasting emotional and psychological trauma. These traumas not only affect immediate behavior, but also their future goal-setting abilities as well.

Changing Prisms is a year-round intervention that focuses on the needs of young women overcoming trauma. There are 12 regional events that take place throughout the year and focus on building self-confidence and goal setting, as well as mental and physical health. These activities are led by staff and volunteers and help young women explore life opportunities and build confidence.

The highlight of the program is the Changing Prisms Voyage of Self Discovery event in June; a two-day, task-oriented workshop that provides participants with an opportunity to work side by side with successful women. Throughout the workshop, these dynamic women provide support by sharing personal life-changing experiences. Helping the girls identify the anxieties that may be holding them back, so they can thrive.

Participants also engage in small group activities that provide immediate gratification, thus improving their confidence and self-esteem, and developing positive coping and social skills.



Age 13

"I would just like to say thanks for setting up Changing Prisms for all of us girls. It really meant a lot to me, and has given me a new perspective on life."


The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee