What is Project L.I.F.T.
Combining service learning, motivational therapy, mentoring and mental health practices, Project LIFT offers hope for at-risk teens already struggling with substance abuse, lack of support and academic failures. Licensed therapists and skilled volunteers work intensively with small groups of teens to replace negative behaviors with self-esteem, skill development and positive goals for the future
How We Began:
In March 2010, Project LIFT was founded by Bob Zaccheo, a licensed psychotherapist and certified substance abuse expert, who recognized that troubled teenage boys needed motivation to change their behavior. By taking teens out the of office and providing opportunities to learn skills, confidence in themselves and trust in others, he discovered that these boys were more likely to graduate from high school, stay off drugs and alcohol and become positive members of the community.