At-risk youth built up through positivity program

Tammy Wilson, center, Chief Executive Officer of Oak Grove Center, stands with September MISTT award winners in the library at Oak Grove Center in Murrieta. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Oak Grove Center, a nonprofit organization in Murrieta, helps at-risk and special needs youth through a variety of different programs. MISTT, or Most Improved Student Tales of Transformation, is an award program at Oak Grove that recently honored several students, according to development director Kristi Piatkowski. “Just with the process of how it is, is it’s staff really telling the stories to the youth on how they’re improving and what the staff are really proud about,” Piatkowski said. “The beauty of it has been the child is also telling the tale of what they feel they’ve been doing really well, and how they’ve grown, so that whole process is very therapeutic for them. Not just hearing it but being able to really tell it in their own words and believe it in their ow
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