Our Program Approach
We offer (2) two program model type(s): 1. After - School program 2. Youth Leadership & Career Pathway-Since 1996, we have operated youth programs such as after-school youth leadership, recreation, reading and math tutoring that was centered based. We have served and improved the lives of over 2000 participants. In response to many of our funders changing their funding guidelines and reducing funding during the “Great Recession” in 2007-2008, we secured funding from NYS & NYC through contracts and a few small private funders and implemented a narrowed scope of centered-based services e.g., after-school programs. However, as of June 30th, 2013, we reorganized our program approach, acquired a school- based site and offer career driven programs and not a “one size fit all approach”. Our new initiative is -Youth Leadership & Career Pathway (YLCP). YLCP is targeted to youth between the ages of 13-18. The model is career and post-education driven and consist of an extensive intake process & case management services. In addition, based on each client’s assessment needs, clients will have access to customized educational support, supportive services and YLCP WFD workshops geared toward meeting each participant’s social needs and developing their behavioral/job-readiness skills to prepare them for today’s employment market.
Program Implementation Strategy
First strategic approach is offered centered- based (non-school) fixed- ongoing services year after year at the same site-form partnerships with nearby schools, etc.)
Second strategic approach is offered school- based - fixed- ongoing services year after year at the same site- form partnership with host school, etc.)
Third strategic approach is offered mobile-based, targeted & traveling to selected schools and youth center sites through-out NYC to offer one time projects i.e., cadre of 3-40 YLCP WFD workshop sessions facilitated at each target school or youth center’s site (e.g., PAL youth centers, schools, Beacon schools, faith-base, COMPASS programs, etc.)
Currently, we have (2) two YLCP school- based sites, I.S. 109 School and Campus Magnet High School in Southeast Queens and (1) one mobile-based site, facilitated at PS/MS 43 Beacon in Far Rockaway. We have (1) one centered based site located at Queens Baptist Church in Queens Village.
After-school programs are targeted to school age children K-12. We provide high-quality after-school experience which consist of academic enrichment, arts learning and physical education. Our After-school program has kept thousands of children safe and productive during high-risk afterschool hours. As of 2013, this model was suspended to incorporate new program approach and evidence- based- practices. The board of directors and administration are set to restart this model and currently reviewing funding for these programs e.g., DYCD Beacon RFP, DYCD COMPASS, etc.… Please continue visit our website for updated information regarding after-school programs
YLCP Is targeted to youth between the ages of 13-18. The YLCP model is career and post-education driven; it will consist of an extensive intake process & case management services, and referrals & activities will be based on each client’s assessment needs. The project will focus on (4) four main areas: 1. helping clients prepare for and cope with H.S. & post-education transitions 2. helping clients alleviate barriers to graduation & academic success 3. helping clients identify and prepare for post-education & career pathways and 4. helping clients build positive behavioral/social skills.
Clients will have access to:
1. Customized educational support
2. Supportive services
3. YLCP work-force development (WFD) workshop sessions geared toward meeting each participant’s social needs and developing their behavioral/job-readiness skills to prepare them for today’s employment market.
YLCP will be based on youth development principles. Students in our YLCP will be afforded tutoring, homework help, counseling, therapy & referrals to support their PATHWAY objectives & goals and will be able to participate in PATHWAYS geared to their career and post-education interests.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES
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