Education Services: Assessments via TABE, WRAT & WIAt tests; On-site 4-tier school: 1) basic literacy; 2) adult basic education; 3) pre-GED; 4) GED instruction. Through our funders, Friends also provides college scholarships.
Counseling and Advocacy: Mental health assessments, individual and group counseling including substance abuse recovery.
Mentoring: One-on-one and group adult mentoring between youth and volunteers from the community. Selected youth are also trained to provide group mentoring sessions in public schools. Youth Leadership Training: Public speaking, role modeling training with assignments to lead violence-prevention workshops and programs in public schools and public housing.
Public School Outreach: Utilizing trained youth to serve as peer role models, Friends staff conduct an array of violence-prevention programs during the school day at high-risk public schools, ranging from one-time workshops to daily youth development programs integrated into the schools' curriculum. Friends2Fathers - Public housing: Friends works inside public housing projects with non-custodial fathers, equipping the fathers to provide for their children emotionally and financially. The Women's initiative: specialized services and activities for female participants (therapeutic groups, creative workshops, reproductive health care seminars, parenting workshops, etc.)
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