As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, Freedom Canines International’s (FCI) mission is simple- Pups Empowering People! We raise and train life-saving assistance dogs, partnering them with Texans in need of their specialized skills at no charge. In addition to empowering clients, we have created a training process designed to empower high school students through their involvement in training future assistance dogs. FCI is an integral part of agriculture classes at Wimberley High School, utilizing puppies to engage students in hands-on learning. Our WHS partnership also includes DAEP (Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.) FCI’s curricula and instruction promotes social and emotional learning through hands-on activities with our pups in training.