Cono provides families and their children a place that fosters hope and reconciliation. We offer a safe place for our students to move beyond current confusions and conflict, disruptive, aggressive and even violent behaviors, the effects of developmental trauma, a community in which every child can discover at a deep level that they belong.
We follow Christ into the world attending to those whose lives have been disrupted, relationships dissolved, and faith development hindered: those suffering the effects of trauma. (For a perspective on the global story of trauma, see Diane Langberg's presentation at the Q-Ideas conference in Washington DC in 2012).
Real grace in this world comes through real adults who are prepared for the work required to develop relationships with a child. We give compassion and care to children who need help with steady and joyful hands. At Cono we teach them too.
Our nurturing community and residential education provides an effective and proven answer for children who struggle emotionally, behaviorally and socially. Children who have suffered adverse experiences find transformation into self-regulated, equipped and successful young adults. Students come from many backgrounds. Many of our students have been adopted or experienced some form of family dislocation and distress or have been identified with sensory differences. Almost always they have had adverse childhood experiences or exhibit developmental trauma.
We seek to be a small community excelling in parenting and immersing our students in teaching. We want Cono to be a safe place for teens to make mistakes, to take risks in relationships, to find meaningful connections with adults. We expect students to develop emotional and academic maturity as they continue towards graduation.
The members of Cono’s staff are from every generation. Parent-teacher couples who live with our students focus on filling our community with messages of safety and connection to our students. With roles in the classroom, in other areas such as athletics, equestrian program, performing arts, those mature couples have continual face-to-face relationships in all aspects of the life of a student.
Relationships are then multi-dimensional, our behavior is research-informed, and our community benefits from a range of strategies to provide nurture and structure in the lives of at-risk adolescents.