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I don't even know how to start? - March 17th 2010, 03:55 AM

Ugh okay. So I have this dream of what I want to do.
I've always thought it was jsut a pipe dream but, recent events have made me wonder.

I've always wanted to open my own Safe Haven. A place for teens to turn when they just don't know what to do anymore. A place for them to run away to when things are tough at home. Things like that. But, I don't even know where to start. What type of degree would I need for that. If I wanted it to be non-profit, how does that work? How would I make a living?
Ugh! I'm just so confused.
All my life I've wanted to be a teacher and now, all of a sudden, I don't want to be a teacher anymore.
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Re: I don't even know how to start? - March 17th 2010, 09:06 AM

Your safe heaven future business sounds like a very noble one and as for the degree, I think it'd matter on what is offered. If it's simply a shelter-like place that offers nothing other than a roof over the kids' heads, heat, water, electricity and clothing, much like a women's shelter, you're going to need money upfront to get the location, the legal inspections, legal bills/certificates to be approved for the building, etc... . This money can come through almost an infinite amount of possible ways. The degree should have some business or management because you want to run your own business, you should have the background. If you are going to offer other services, such as psychotherapy, if you're going to offer some, then you'll need the certificates and degrees necessary. The biggest problem then is marketing, which is why I think you should consider partnering with a pre-existing safe haven, otherwise it may not go well for you.

Unfortunately, this is likely to be a full-time devotion so you'll need a stable source of income both for yourself and to maintain the business. It may be easier to look into the local child psychiatric or first interventions and make some sort of partner with them, or better yet with an existing safe haven. This may lighten the load but it won't excuse the necessaty for you to have a stable, paying job. It could help with marketing in that the primary intervention group sends teens over to your safe haven or simply mentions it to them and encourages them to go when they need to.

Since you mentioned teacher, I think you could possibly combine it via school child counselor (may also require being a teacher too). Adding on the business I'd say only do it if it's somehow through the school, hospital/intervention program or join a similar pre-existing business as the work would be too much. If you make advertisements for other places, then perhaps you could negotiate a contract with each of those but the amount of money you'd get is highly questionable, if any (need to put in money for printing and designing).
   
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Re: I don't even know how to start? - March 17th 2010, 08:57 PM

I've always wanted to do something like this as well, maybe we could do it together! :P

I think a variety of degrees would be OK.. One in counselling, social work, psychology, business, any academic subject. Although if you do a more academic subject then if it "fell through" then you could always be a teacher. Or start off as a teacher and then branch out and do this, that way you will have more experience with young people which would make people more likely to "approve" if you are recognised in that way.

Then after the degree I would go and do a counselling qualification kinda thing. You would need to set up a charity and try to get a fair amount of donations in order to fund it. Unless you could get an organisation to fund it like a "sponsor" I guess, that might be useful as well. However you will need some base money to start with, so you may have to work for a bit until you can do this.

Also, you won't be able to do this on your own. You will need a group of you in order to spread the load because it would be a lot for you to take on by yourself. Also for legal reasons you would need more than two overall (one male and one female) due to child protection laws so you will need to find others with a similar dream/vision, with the right "qualifications" who are willing to do it all voluntary. Hard to find - but there will be people I can guarantee it!

Let me know if you need anything and I'll try to help! I think it would be a great thing to do.
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