Student Profile

Pacia Puerto Rico is young adults, ages 17 to 24, from all over the North America and occasionally international students, who are seeking assistance in becoming independent, self-reliant adults. These capable young men have talents but are having difficulty reaching their potential and connecting with their passions. They are motivated to acquire the skills needed to continue their education and pursue a career but know they need help doing so.

Some may need support in finishing high school or working toward a college degree at one of the local colleges. Others may be overwhelmed by the prospect of entering the workforce and independently providing for their own needs. Through the Tatori System, we guide young adults to finding their life path.

5 Track Options (Students can focus on one or several):

  • Traditional High School and College Learning and Life Skills Support: teaching sustainable self-reliance in high school and college (executive functioning skills, study habits, managing social life, tutoring as needed and all competing collegiate commitments) with the intention of graduation with a degree.

  • Non-traditional Collegiate Learning: a tailored combination of experiential learning, internship, certification, online or in-person complimentary academic coursework with the intention of career development.

  • Entrepreneurial Track: similar to #2 with the addition of business coaching, crowd funding, working with investors, building pro forma, marketing, accounting, state laws, taxes, etc. with the intention of starting a business.

  • Financial Self-Reliance Track: broad life skills, putting all of the basics together to live without parental fiscal support with the intention of sustainable self-reliance.

  • Emotional/Social Growth Track: a custom multi-modal blend of therapy, mindfulness, wellness practices, relationship coaching, re-establishment of healthy social systems, life coaching, community service, GAP experiences (international and domestic), curriculum in the arts and crafts and trades. This is ideal for young adults who need time to mature, heal, explore, develop grit, grow resiliency, build self-efficacy, finding their intrinsic motivators and balance within their life pursuits.

Our students need support or assistance in one or more of the following areas:

  • Completing credits required for a high school diploma

  • Support in college

  • Social and academic preparation for college

  • GAP Prep and cultural immersion

  • Improving executive functioning

  • Self-management of learning differences and attention issues

  • Exploring appropriate academic options

  • Acquiring independent living skills

  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Enriching interpersonal relationships

  • Time management

  • Organizational skills

  • Financial resource management

  • Self-motivation

  • Improved communication and self-expression

  • Employability and job search skills

  • Exploring and identifying achievable career options

  • Accepting relationship with self

  • Self-care and fitness

  • Increased self-efficacy

  • Increased grit and resiliency

  • Following through to achieve goals

  • Successful transition to the startup years of young adulthood

In some cases these young people have already completed a therapeutic residential program—a wilderness program, substance abuse program, or therapeutic boarding school—but need additional guidance and support to assist them in finishing high school, college, or finding and maintaining employment while integrating into the community and establishing independent living status. Both the student and family recognize, however, that remaining at home is not productive, and the student needs to establish their own autonomy.

Students Who Will Not Benefit From Surfhouse Puerto Rico

The Admissions Committee understands that there are young people who are not motivated or ready for a transitional independent living program. This may be due to the nature or severity of the young person’s problems, addictive behaviors, or resistance to seeking assistance. For this reason, the Surfhouse Puerto Rico application process requires detailed information regarding the student’s emotional/behavioral functioning, educational status and learning challenges, as well as their prior counseling or placement history. Students that most often will not be accepted at Surfhouse Puerto Rico include young people characterized by any of the following:

  • Students who need line of sight supervision. Pacia Life is a community integration experience. As such, young adults are expected to attend school classes, have jobs, do volunteer work, take sailing classes, etc and are not with their mentors during these times.

  • Unmotivated or uninterested in changing themselves and their situation

  • Unwilling to voluntarily enroll in the program

  • Unstable mental health or medical conditions, requiring ongoing psychiatric or medical evaluations and treatment

  • Continuing drug or alcohol abuse or struggling to remain clean and sober in recovery

  • History of criminal behavior

Length of Stay

The minimum stay for all students is 90 days. Beyond that, there is no single answer to how long you will need to be enrolled. You develop your own Life Map, and because it is you who must do the hard work, the curriculum and achievement of long-term goals takes as long as you take. Your progress in demonstrating personal responsibility, preparation for continuing education or employment, and completion of other goals determines the duration of your journey. Typically, however, the average length of stay is 8 – 10 months to complete Tier 1, 2 and 3 Curriculum Focuses. If the student stays for the fourth and final stage, the duration is usually 12 – 14 months, depending on individual needs.

Often, a young adult will start off in Pacia Puerto Rico for Tier 1 and 2 and then transfer to another location for Tier 3 and 4.