current authorBeth Helmstetteroriginal authorBeth Helmstetter

Children organization

Canine Inspired Change

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Canine Inspired Change

Canine Inspired Change (CIC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving vulnerable youth the social-emotional tools they need to be active participants in their schools and their communities. Our work helps these remarkable young people transcend trauma, social struggles and isolation by sparking meaningful connections with dogs, volunteers and each other. Everyone deserves to feel safe and seen. We help vulnerable kids break down barriers and learn the social and emotional skills they need to build connections and trust. Our custom programs are designed to nurture their confidence and self worth because healthier kids mean healthier communities. Our innovative and successful program focuses on social-emotional learning to give students the tools to better self-regulate in the classroom and in life. Through customizable sessions, we partner with schools and organizations in the Twin Cities to offer programming that connects with their young learners. Our volunteer team is made of ordinary dog-owners who want to make an impact in their community. It starts with a five week course designed to train dogs and their humans to become a certified therapy team and prepare them for the unique needs of students.