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Shape Community Center Inc

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Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration

Mission: To improve the quality of life for people of african descent through programs and activities, with emphasis on unity, self-determination, collective work & responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Programs: Family strengthening & empowerment programs: includes an after school enrichment program (asep) which serves children/youth, 5-15 years of age (kindergarten-ninth grade) and their parents, the majority of whom are from single parent, extremely-low income families. The goal of the asep is to promote academic and life choice success through homework assistance and tutorial study, life skills, and cultural sharing experiences for students during the school year. Additionally, parent support group meetings are held biweekly on wednesdays, with 100% participation, to address parenting skills issues, challenges, strategies and family strengthening and empowerment in general. Also included is a summer enrichment program which operates annually a full day program for children and youth with a weekly parent support group meeting. These programs operate on average 48 weeks of the year serving an average of 50 youth and 35 parents during the school year, and 90 to 100 youth and 70 parents during the summer sessions.

community programs & activities: includes 1) fruit & vegetable co-op, held monthly, 2) youth & adult computer classes, 3) legal assistance clinics, 4) adult education classes and employment assistance, 5) hiv/aids education classes (weekly), 6)elders institute of wisdom (twice a week), 7) alternative wholistic health education - food & nutrition (monthly), 8) annual pan african cultural festival, 9) annual kwanzaa celebrations and 10) forums for community issues such as tobacco prevention, voter registration / mobilization and others. These programs/activities provide and educate community members on healthy lifestyles and issues of importance to strengthening the community, as with our philosophy --- strong family; strong nation. Through these programs and activities shape directly serves over 10,000 people annually and impacts significantly more.

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