The Youth Drop-In Program provides youth, ages 10-17, with a safe and structured enrichment environment. During drop-in hours, Street Smart provides participants with the following daily or weekly activities and services: •Academic tutoring/Homework assistance •Prevention education, which focuses on issues of HIV and alcohol/substance abuse •Character development & life skills •Formal evaluations (risky behavior assessments; self-esteem, developmental assets inventory) •Mentoring •Recreation activities, including weekly dance, boxing, swim, drum, and/or exercise classes •Field trips •Academic & behavioral incentives •Daily snacks and nutritious dinner meals
DROP-IN PROGRAM HOURS
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Drop in program is suspended as we are Moving to a new Location!
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Project MAGIC (Making A Group and Individual Commitment) Project MAGIC is an alternative to juvenile detention for first-time offenders and a collaborative prevention program for youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 18.
The goals of the program include helping youths achieve academic success; modifying attitudes about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; and enhancing life skills development and internal locus of control.
Each group is made up of 8 to 10 teens who are entry level, less serious offenders. Sexual or violent offenders are not admitted. Participants meet two or three times a week, 1.5 hours session for approximately two months.The youth component consists of a 20-session skills-building curriculum offered to groups of 8-10 youths.
Facilitation of this program include schools, youth serving organizations and community based organizations.
· Substance abuse education · Anger management · Conflict management · Problem solving/decision making · Communication · Personal responsibility · Values · Stress reduction · Community service (the youths are required to participate in as part of the program)
Parents participate in four 2.5-hour parent education meetings, during which parents and their children read and respond to preprinted activities designed to increase communication and family management. The meetings also offer an opportunity for parents to discuss mutual concerns regarding: · Parenting · Enhance their awareness of substance abuse issues · Improve communication skills · Develop skills for monitoring their children's behavior · The intervention also included a take-home component for parents who could not attend all four meetings because of work schedules; parents could complete lesson plans at home at their own pace.
Results Of Project MAGIC
Teens report: -Increased self-esteem -Better attitudes toward peers and school -Increased communication with parents and other adults
Parents report: -Improvement in their teen's behavior -Increase in their own knowledge of parenting techniques
For Youth Conflict Management: Teens will understand the role conflict plays in everyday life, and will learn skills to help resolve conflict in an appropriate and positive way.
Communication: Teens will learn verbal, written and nonverbal communication techniques appropriate to audience and purpose.
Responsibility/Decision-Making: Teens will learn about individual and social responsibilities including limits, consequences and age-appropriate behavior. They will learn to use past experiences to make better future decisions.
Cooperation: Teens will practice being a meaningful, respectful, contributing member of a group.
Positive Relationships with Adults: Teens will gain a better understanding of their role in achieving a positive relationship with adults, and will learn skills in obtaining guidance and support.
Work/Goal Setting: Teens will learn about career possibilities and the importance and process of goal setting.
For Parents Conflict Management: Parents will increase positive conflict resolution skills by setting realistic expectations for themselves and their family with clear, appropriate limits and related, reasonable and respectful consequences.
Communication: Parents will learn positive communication techniques and increase skills in praising and encouraging youth.
Responsibility/Decision Making: Parents will increase skills and confidence in their ability to make decisions that promote the well-being of their family by recognizing strengths and resources they bring to parenting.
Cooperation: Parents will increase family functioning through teamwork, family recreation and a commitment to cooperate.
Focus on Youth (FOY) Focus on Youth is a community-based 8-session HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention intervention for African American youth. It provides youth with the skills and knowledge to make healthy decisions that will prevent unplanned pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The curriculum uses fun, interactive activities such as games, role plays and discussions, and community projects to convey prevention knowledge and skills. The intervention was updated from Focus on Kids, a community-university linked research and intervention program. Click for more
Becoming a Responsible Teen(BART) Becoming a Responsible Teen:An HIV Risk Reduction Program for Adolescents (BART) is an HIV prevention curriculum designed primarily for African-American adolescents, ages 14-18, in non-school, community-based settings. It consists of eight sessions, 1.5 to 2 hours each, and includes interactive group discussions and role plays that have been created by teens. Teens learn to "spread the word" to their friends about HIV risks. They are encouraged to practice skills outside the group and share the results. The group provides creative solutions to reported problems.
Although the focus of BART is HIV/AIDS prevention, the curriculum includes topics and activities relevant to teen pregnancy prevention. Teens learn to clarify their own values about sexual decisions and pressures as well as practice skills to reduce sexual risk-taking. These include correct condom use, assertive communication, refusal techniques, self-management, and problem solving. Also, abstinence is woven throughout the curriculum and is discussed as the best way to prevent HIV infection and pregnancy.
BART has been used in a variety of settings with youth from different cultures. Click for more