A Supportive After School and Summer Program for Boys
S.T.R.E.E.T. is an acronym for our afterschool program that supports mental health for at-risk teens:
- Survival: We provide immediate support to help them survive.
- Trust: We build relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
- Resources: We provide the resources they need.
- Education: We provide education and opportunities to rebuild self-esteem.
- Empowerment: We empower them to move forward.
- They: The results…they become productive and positive role models for their peer group and neighborhood.
The program’s mission is to eliminate barriers in our communities that expose underserved boys to the inequities of life, leaving some hopeless, afraid, uneducated or institutionalized. S.T.R.E.E.T. works to reduce the “risk factors” in targeted neighborhoods, such as the north side of Kalamazoo. Our goal is to increase the number of boys participating in the program ages 10 to 17. S.T.R.E.E.T. also strives to decrease underage drinking and drug use among adolescents. By using a trauma focused approach, we provide services for boys who are academically, socially, and emotionally delayed, or experience behavioral / mental health problems as a reflection of vulnerabilities in the communities in which they live. The program is structured to eliminate racial barriers and stigmas that have had a negative influence.
A sub-service offered is an on-site evidence-based life skills training program for middle and high schoolers by Gilbert J. Botivin to promote health and personal development. Services are provided through Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health.