Spotlight: Kaile Jones

KaileJonesMKaile Jones has been a Pathways Counselor since March of 2012 and provides individual and group counseling to youth who have committed sexual offenses. Her first year in the program was challenging with some turnover in the program. She was able to respond to the increased demand that occurred much sooner than anticipated. Kalie maintained a very positive attitude and persevered. Since that time she has worked with numerous kids and their families and had many success stories. Kaile’s outgoing and upbeat personality helps her to establish relationships and high trust with even the most challenging kids. Kaile is eager to learn and does an amazing job balancing the PR value of being a Teacher and Learner. She isn’t afraid to ask for help, seeks new knowledge, takes risks and tries new techniques and strategies in order to engage challenging youth in a court-mandated program. Kalie was able to go beyond her comfort zone and become a facilitator for the EE Conference at Jumonville. This was a significant accomplishment for her.

Kaile’s work with youth naturally gravitates to the Re-ED philosophy in general. She is able to connect the principals very clearly in her work. More specifically, Kaile embodies the Re-ED principle “A child should know some joy in each day.” On a recent trip to a high ropes course, Kaile was able to provide a fun atmosphere and was able to challenge the kids to face their fears and complete the course. She was able to show them that while things might seem scary, if they pushed themselves past their fear, that they’d be proud of just how far they could go. When kids are having a tough time learning new concepts, Kaile is quick to think outside the box for new ideas and ways to teach them. This has helped kids to not only feel confident in their abilities but they are able to expand their own talents. She is able to accomplish this nurturing component of the work and simultaneously hold youth accountable for their abusive behaviors—this is a skill that is not easy to develop and she has been able to demonstrate this well in just two years.

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