Behind our mission lie 2 core tenets that underline all that we do:
1. Children from at-risk, historically under-served, and/ or "troubled" communities are far more likely to grow to healthy, self-reliant adulthood (and then to help build a better community themselves) if a critical mass of the adults around them are well versed in the techniques of effective parenting, and are engaged in local educational, social, and growth-mindset activities with their children.
2. The earlier a child is served by sound health care, appropriate intellectual and social stimulation, and consistent guidance from loving, attentive adults, the more likely that child will be to grow into a productive citizen.
Intervention at later stages is still important and often required both for the benefit of older children themselves, and for younger children who see them as role models. But we know intervention at later stages is more costly, and families and communities will need fewer of these later efforts if the earliest intervention is effective.
These Twin Principles- a critical mass of engaged, effective families, and early and progressive intervention in children's development - form the foundation of what has become the Just Say YES to Youth Initiative Program and Parent University model at Metamorphasis Powerhouse Company.
By concentrating services on children and residents in a specific geographic area, providing best-practice evidenced-based services, engaging adults in the programs and projects, and evaluating the results, we have taken up the charge to change the opportunities, expectations, and outcomes families living in 6 of the 13 target Child-Well Being Impact Zones across Georgia.
We believe that in order to fulfill our purpose of supporting healthy and thriving families and communities in Georgia and striving toward our vision for an inclusive Georgia, that we must incorporate 6 principal operations within our programs and services: