About lyk-z & daughters
The mission of lyk-z & daughters is to assist youth to find their inherent qualities and unique abilities, and with this quickly return to their desired life path – school and/or work. Specifically, in the pre-employment phase of their transition, we focus on helping youth “prepare to work” so that when they are ready to have work-based experiences they are more likely to be successful.
We serve at-risk young people, including youth and students with disabilities, who need help in building the life skills needed to be successful in their work and to be contributing members of their communities. In our nearly 3 decades of experience, we have learned that positive experiences that build self-confidence, finding a purpose for their life, improving communication skills and establishing a sense of ‘self’ leads to increased positive outcomes. We at lyk-z and daughters have a clear purpose – and that is to see more young people embracing full participation in a sustainable life.
lyk-z & daughters is a social entrepreneurship company. Being a Social Entrepreneur means finding solutions where the public is insufficient and where there is no commercial interests. lyk-z & daughters have three result lines:
- Profit, for running the business and to develop our methods
- Number of youths who go through our program, and how many of them that experience lasting change and return to society. This means that society as a whole saves a lot of money when one young adult goes from welfare payments to part of full time employment.
- Contributions to good, social entrepreneurship projects, which provide growth and dignity for other people.
In 2012 we were named the Social Entrepreneur of the Year by FERD Social Entrepreneurs. The recognition and financial support from winning this award opened a number of new opportunities. In December 2012, we were adopted as the 11th Social Entrepreneurship company in FERD’s portfolio of Social Entrepreneurs. This has enabled us to reach out to even more young adults who need support to take charge of their own lives. We have also received support from a private fund, and continue to have several supporting companies that, like us, want to see young people succeed in life. This means that even youths with economical challenges will be given the opportunity to create lasting change in their lives.
Our values are acceptance, generosity, dignity and magic. Magic, for us, is something that occurs when people are given 100% trust. Therefore, we know that magic exists!
Quotes we are proud of
What is experienced from day 1, is that the participants show up. The ones that previously have struggled with attendance and stability shows up to the program and stays the whole day.
Of these now five weeks of FROG, I have learned more than I have before at work, school and in other programs at the equal time.
My daughter had social anxiety, and she had trouble with drugs and alcohol. It only took a short week of FROG before she talked more and didn't care so much about what others said. I am relieved. It is impressive to see how much strength she has gained in such a short time.
My life before FROG was filled with drugs and selfdestruction. After 150 hours of FROG everything has changed. I now have a life spark again and I can almost touch my dream.
A lot has changed after the program. I'm not taking antidepressants anymore. I hardly have panic attacks, and when I do, I know exactly how to handle it so I do not have to avoid the situation.
It was intensive and demanding, and we were challenged every day, but it resulted in a process I did not foresee, that truly gave self-knowledge and change.
I have increased my quality of life by becoming aware of my abilities and how I affect the people around me. I can use this awareness in any situation in my life.
During the 2nd week he stops taking the medicine prescribed by his psychiatrist, the sleep medicine is not needed anymore. He has finally understood that he is the only one who can make a change in his own life. That he has to be the one in the driver's seat.
I've received benefits since I dropped out of school at 16. I've been depressed, had anxiety and done drugs. It is not the trainers in FROG that "fix" me, they only help me by giving me tools. It is entirely up to me wether I want to do what it takes to get the change I want.
We have previously, tried EPs, family counseling, psychology specialists, with no results. It is therefore difficult to convey the change we are experiencing with our son without it sounding like a huge bluff and exaggeration. But it is true!
”Nobody gets to be wrong”
”Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will learn”
”Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”