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LIGO DOJO of BUDO KARATE

Martial Arts in Chapel Hill and Durham. Community-Minded, Family-Oriented, Behavior Based.

Our Young Warriors Program Serves Disadvantaged Youth.

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Kids from all walks of life train together at Ligo Dojo. It is impossible, therefore, to select photographs of disadvantaged kids, and non-disadvantaged kids. No assumptions should be made therefore about kids that appear in photographs on this page, or any other in this website. This was just an awfully cute photograph OF KIDS, so we place it here.

The Young Warriors Program has been one of the highest recognized, and highest utilized, of all of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) programs funded in Durham County, consistently, over the past 5 years. We have recently branched out and now offer JCPC funded programming in Orange County at our new, second location in Chapel Hill, and we have added a Department of Public Safety multi-county program, offering Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to delinquent and court-referred youth in addition to our standard long-running regimen of Interpersonal Skills Building through traditional Japanese martial arts training. We are a well-established nonprofit agency, well practiced in both fiscal and program management; we are well accustomed to working with evidence-based program goals and measured results. Currently our Young Warriors programs include: 

 

Our Programs

 

Young Warriors Interpersonal Skills Building Durham County is currently funded by Durham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), and Duke University’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood Community Care Fund Grant, but has been funded in past years by both state and federal grants administered by the Governor’s Crime Commission, by the Triangle Community Foundation, and by the  Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Currently, thanks to a generous partnership with the Department of Durham Parks and Recreation, we are utilizing a Durham public building, the East Durham Center which we rent from the city of Durham for $0.00, in exchange for operating programming out of this building that was formerly underutilized. 

Young Warriors Interpersonal Skills Building Orange County  is currently funded by Orange County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC), The Human Services Boards of both Chapel Hill and Carrboro, by Orange County which provides matching funds for the JCPC grant, and by the Wells Fargo Foundation

Young Warriors Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Skills Building Multi-County, is currently funded by the NC Department of Public Safety. Here we employ (part-time) a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works, separately from the karate classes, with court referred youths in weekly sessions to help them to reverse false or disadvantageous cognitions they might hold, such as “I can’t succeed because others in my community don’t succeed.” 

 

Kids from all walks of life train together at Ligo Dojo. It is impossible, therefore, to select photographs of disadvantaged kids, and non-disadvantaged kids. No assumptions should be made therefore about kids that appear in photographs on this page, or any other in this website. This was just an awfully cute photograph OF KIDS, so we place it here.

Kids from all walks of life train together at Ligo Dojo. It is impossible, therefore, to select photographs of disadvantaged kids, and non-disadvantaged kids. No assumptions should be made therefore about kids that appear in photographs on this page, or any other in this website. This was just an awfully cute photograph OF KIDS, so we place it here.

 

Make Referrals?

 

Our broader Young Warriors Program currently accepts referrals of disadvantaged youth from agencies in Chapel Hill and Durham including, but not limited to, the Department of Juvenile Justice (court-involved youth), Carolina Outreach, El Centro Hispano, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Carolina’s, Easter Seals UCP, Center for Child and Family Health, Exchange Club Family Center, and many others, and seeks to instill self-discipline, self-esteem, and physical and mental health in these children and their families from some of North Carolina’s most challenged populations.

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Kids from all walks of life train together at Ligo Dojo. It is impossible, therefore, to select photographs of disadvantaged kids, and non-disadvantaged kids. No assumptions should be made therefore about kids that appear in photographs on this page, or any other in this website.

Agency representatives wishing to make referrals should first contact Director Nathan Ligo at any one of our listed telephone numbers, to establish whether we currently have openings available, and whether or not the juvenile in question is well suited for the program. Provided a match can be established, counselors will be given instructions to download a referral form, and MUST NOTIFY Ligo Dojo two times of the family’s intent to bring the referred-juvenile for his/her first class: once as soon as a date is established (between the family and the referring agency) and a 2nd time ON THE DAY OF that scheduled first visit to confirm that the counselor has made contact with that family member on that day and that the family is still on track to participate. 

The referral process should not be taken as a gateway to FREE services. All referred families will first be asked to consider our standard payment plans (since in many cases they’re already half of what for-profit schools charge). After that families will be presented with sliding-scale options in order to establish a payment plan that works for that family. Any family admitted on a reduced rate MUST be cautioned not to share the particulars of their special arrangement with other members of the community. The duration of Young Warriors Program for referred youth is 20 class sessions over a ten week period. No court-referred youths are asked to pay for classes during that period but all are invited to do so when they continue beyond that period. We have a long history of keeping kids in our programs for years on end, and that includes working with families who can’t afford to pay.  

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Kids from all walks of life train together at Ligo Dojo. It is impossible, therefore, to select photographs of disadvantaged kids, and non-disadvantaged kids. No assumptions should be made therefore about kids that appear in photographs on this page, or any other in this website.


A Short Film About the Young Warriors Program from 2010

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