Justin M. Tomicich has the desire and passion to help impoverished youth by engaging them in exciting activities around the community. Justin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and CEO of Transport Therapy, LLC. He has been serving families in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area since 2001 and has extensive experience working with families as a Family Counselor, youth care worker, coach, soccer official, and educator. Justin also has served in the United States Navy with Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Six aboard the John C. Stennis and Dwight D. Eisenhower as a F/A 18 Jet Engine Mechanic.
Most Youth In Motion participants experience some sort of crisis on a daily/weekly basis—poverty, single-parent household, drug and alcohol abuse, poor diet and nutrition, sleep deprivation, mental and physical health issues, etc. Also, some Youth In Motion participants have been referred to a state agency for some sort of trauma whether it being physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse. After these experiences, most of these children have a challenging time “fitting in” with their peers. Most lack trust, self-confidence, experience low-self-esteem, and have poor social skills. Since attending at least five events, our recent study shows: 76% of participants report doing better in social situations; 70% report doing more activities that are meaningful to them; 83% report having people with whom they can do enjoyable things with; 77% report that they feel like they belong in their community; and lastly, 77% are more excited about life and different activities they participant in.
As we all know, leisure activities are crucial in the development of children. According to Caldwell (2010), “there is empirical evidence that leisure activities can contribute to physical, social, emotional and cognitive health through prevention, coping, and transcendence.”