The Home of Champions-Our Home Base, Inc.

New Paltz, New York

Design Disciplines Needed
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Desired Services
The property houses 3 buildings: a main house, cottage and large barn that was turned into a gym and training quarters for Patterson and friends. We are looking for an architectural design (which includes the interior design) to house 20 youth program participants (10 bedrooms ) in the 6,000 square foot barn structure. In addition, we would very much like an architectural design to coordinate the three buildings in harmony to each other. (The main house is a french country style farm house built in 1930). We are also looking for landscape architecture that might include building a structure for lectures and conferences, a greenhouse, a few small cabins for guests, small farm area, flower beds, etc. You can see the home on youtube under Floyd Patterson's home: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggiebxvdzno

Project Description

Our Home Base, Inc. is a newly recognized 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to provide a “home base” for New York City and New York State youth ages 16-24, who are emerging from the foster care system, and support that all youth deserve: leadership development: through training and mentoring, life skills training, educational direction and support, and career readiness in New York City and New York State.

Our Home Base’s vision is to provide the wraparound services and a supportive environment that will provide transitioning foster youth who already demonstrate leadership skills with the resources they need to maximize the resiliencies and strengths they already possess, providing them with a warm and welcoming, yet rigorous “home base” that will challenge them to work toward their highest professional and personal goals.

By providing foster youth with a “home base” in which to further nurture and develop their already considerable skills and resiliencies, we will empower these youth to become leaders.

Our Home Base will integrate an extended family atmosphere with onsite services and life skills training to include housing, educational, vocational, physical and behavioral services and connections to supportive networks through mentoring.

Outcome

The Home of Champions: An Initiative Based on Successful Programmatic Precedents:
There are programs that today produce positive results for youth leaving foster care. Like Our Home Base, rather than limiting the future to the meager success that exists today, these programs feature a “strength-based, positive youth development perspective” as characterized in a 2008 report by the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. According to this study, the strength-based, positive youth perspective “frameworks focus on “…the positive aspects of a youth’s life” and the “individually tailored interventions that build on those strengths and interests while still holding youth accountable…”.
Though in their nascent stages, the following programs have already produced exciting results for transitioning youth to educational and employment opportunities as young adults, as follows:
Western Michigan University Seita Scholars Program and the Chelsea Foyer.