HANNA BOYS CENTER 2016 ANNUAL REPORT | 1 ABOUT HANNA BOYS CENTER OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE We believe that regardless of what may have happened to them, every child deserves the chance to be happy and develop to their fullest potential. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, many children grow up in neglectful, abusive or traumatic environments, which invariably shape the rest of their lives. In fact, one in six people — 50 million Americans — have experienced significant childhood adversity and trauma, which often leads to markedly higher unemployment, violence, incarceration and family dysfunction and these patterns tend to repeat with each new generation. HOW HANNA HELPS Hanna Boys Center provides at-risk teens with the education, faith and caring that reverses the effects of childhood trauma, allowing them to mature into fully functioning, responsible adults. Through our residential program as well as community-based collaborations, Hanna helps motivated teens make the difficult changes necessary to get their lives back on track. The majority of Hanna’s residents have experienced high levels of adversity and toxic stress, including abuse, neglect, exposure to family strife and community violence. A typical Hanna boy has had difficulties at home, fallen behind in school and struggled with interpersonal relationships. These experiences often result in strained family relationships as well as academic and social problems. Many of our students come from underserved and disadvantaged communities, mostly in Northern California. Boys who choose to attend Hanna must demonstrate a high level of motivation to create positive, permanent change in their lives. Families commit to being actively involved in their son’s placement, including attending parenting groups and family therapy sessions. Regular home visits provide boys and their families the opportunity to practice newly acquired skills and promote important connections. Tuition is based upon each family’s ability to pay; no boy is denied admission for financial reasons. AN ACTIVE CAMPUS LIFE Hanna’s on-campus Archbishop Hanna High School is staffed by specially trained teachers and staff. The school is fully accredited through the Western Catholic Educational Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Class sizes are small, ranging from eight to ten students, so boys receive individualized help. In their studies and daily lives, boys learn practical, vital life skills, as well as respect for their community and the faith traditions of our program. OUR EVER-WIDENING VISION Through the Hanna Institute we are leveraging the lessons from our residential program to reach beyond our campus, providing training and consulting to youth- serving professionals throughout the region. As a thought leader in trauma-informed care, Hanna envisions a world where youth-focused organizations everywhere have the awareness, resources and drive to help young people overcome the impacts of a challenging childhood and go on to lead rich, productive, meaningful lives. Hanna relies solely on private donations from individuals, private foundations and corporations to fund its clinical, residential and educational programs. We receive no governmental or Church funding.