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.

STREET

Program Overview

Who

Boys ages 10 to 17.

When

3:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

What

The S.T.R.E.E.T. Afterschool Program is designed to help provide the resources and support that teens need to be successful in school and in life.

Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing, home-like teaching environment. Boys learn environmental and community needs and engagement through volunteerism and get educated about the tragic dangers of underage drinking and drug use. They learn that differences are good and to be open to building relationships outside their immediate community.

Our program’s Quality Assessment Performance Report prepared 8/17/18 maintained a score set at its highest rate, a 5 in all categories, including: emotional safety, healthy environment, emergency preparedness, accommodating environment, and nourishment. Overall, the Street program has enrolled and provided services to 61 boys and their families for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. 15 to 20 boys participate daily throughout the week.

 

For more information about the program, or to refer a student, call the S.T.R.E.E.T. Center at (269) 276-0688 or Charlene Taylor at (269) 343-1651 ext. 120.

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