After more than a century in operation, our updated mission focuses on supporting the resilience that enables young women and their families to break the Vicious Cycle ©.
This sharpened focus on root causes and cross-system approaches, supports the attainment of our vision in which, “All girls, young women and their families have the opportunity to achieve their unique potential and thrive.”
We know that with the right opportunities and support girls and young women survivors can heal, break destructive cycles, and transform their lives. TNCF’s goals are to ensure that every girl and young woman survivor of childhood adversity, violence and trauma can:
- BELIEVE in her ability to succeed and thrive;
- ACHIEVE long-term health and economic security;
- EMPOWER herself, becoming a force for change.
Most often invisible and marginalized by their families, communities, and by the systems charged with their care, they live at the intersection of sexism, classism, racism, and more. Impacted by the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health and homeless and runaway youth “systems,” they come from family legacies of multiple generations of addiction, mental health issues, violence, incarceration and poverty. Many are young mothers, and far too many have been domestically trafficked for sex.
Facing obstacles created through no fault of their own, survivors of childhood abuse, neglect, violence, and family dysfunction, strive to build healthy, productive lives, while healing from complex trauma. As a force for positive change, in the face of daunting challenges, they are tenacious, courageous, and resilient “sheroes.”