FIXED!!! PODCAST (22:16) — UnChained is a Central Coast charity that KSCO and KSCO Pet Radio are proud to partner with. On the 5/31/20 program, the executive director, Terrence Gargiulo, visited with us and shared stories about the organization and its work.
He is, after all, a professional storyteller, and we look forward to hearing more about how through its Canines Teaching Compassion program, UnChained teaches youth how to train homeless dogs in basic skills, manners, and socialization, helping the dogs be adopted into permanent homes.
The youth develop values of patience, respect, and responsibility for themselves and others, through the trust and relationship-building with their dogs.
UnChained was founded in August 2011 and began serving students at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas in the Spring of 2012. Since then, UnChained has expanded to include programs at Kinship Center in Salinas, Monterey County Youth Center, Juvenile Hall in Santa Cruz, and Juvenile Hall in San Jose.
Training homeless dogs who share similar experiences of neglect, abandonment, or abuse enables youth to feel empathy and compassion for others, while improving their own sense of self-worth. Youth Trainers report pride in their accomplishments and increased patience.
This connection creates a ripple effect for our communities: when youth are part of resolving a community problem, such as finding homeless animals homes, they experience a sense of purpose and belonging. The new-found confidence enables them to become a more contributing member of their family, school, and community.
To stay up to date with UnChained’s stories, go to https://livingunchained.org/newsletters to sign up for our newsletter and read past newsletters.
About Terrence Gargiulo
Terrence is active in the private and public sectors connecting people heart to heart to achieve results. From Chief Storyteller of Accenture’s global 450,000 person firm to leading a local nonprofit arts foundation, he has been blessed with many diverse professional experiences synergizing people’s gifts, talents, treasures, dreams, and visions to tackle unique challenges. He is thrilled to join UnChained’s staff, partners, and supporters to team with canines and youth to bring more healing, light, and hope into the world.
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