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Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: More than 30 years of youth development research is identifying key factors that help young people prepare for success in family life, social relationships, economic self-sufficiency and civic life. At the same time, researchers and demographers, as well as concerned parents, educators and youth work practitioners, have good reason to be concerned about the struggles faced by many of today''s parents, families and schools, the very places that once contributed so wholesomely to the development of young people. To address this urgent need, Wyman is preparing young people for success in three critical areas of life: healthy family and social relationships; economic self-sufficiency; and community involvement. We''re accomplishing this by teaching youth to be productive in school and work; to connect to community and family; and to be able to navigate in diverse environments and make healthy choices. Wyman''s philosophy, grounded in the most current national research, is that keeping young people "problem free" is simply not enough. We must help them be "fully prepared" to lead successful lives and build strong communities.

Programs: Wyman's signature programs include the Wyman Teen Leadership Program and the Wyman Teen Outreach Program. The Wyman Teen Leadership Program engages teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances year-round for five years beginning in eighth grade. The program is guided by a progressive leadership theme, and teens gain the experiences, skills and values needed to prepare to act as contributing students, family members, employees and citizens. One hundred percent of our last graduating class, graduated from high school on time and went on to post-secondary education. The Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is a national after-school program for teens whose effectiveness has been proven in over 20 years of operation. TOP is currently being administered in over 400 organizations and schools in the United States, Virgin Islands, and United Kingdom. Based upon the principles of youth development, an approach that provides teens with the necessary supports and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood and avoid problem behavior, Wyman TOP has proven effective in increasing academic success and preventing teen pregnancy and other negative behaviors among program participants. Teens that complete Wyman TOP experience: 60% lower rate of school dropout 33% lower rate of pregnancy 14% lower rate of school suspension 11% lower rate of school course failure TOP teens gather weekly throughout the school year for open discussions about relevant issues such as peer pressure and making good decisions for the future. Wyman TOP teens also participate in regular community service learning and neighborhood improvement projects.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Wyman has been a Wonderful trip. its help me to identfiy who iam and what i wanna be. I started out in the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) at the age of 11 and then i graduated at 18 and in those year i became a honor roll student. Once I graduated highschool i came back to work for Wyman teaching other what i've learn and helping them to found themselves one teen at a time. Wyman's been a wonderful place for me and iam very thankful that i found them and that helped me. They also helped me bring out my passion for cooking they took me the american cancer society to cook. it was so wonerful that we countued to go there and now our kids go there to cook . We also we to this School call Wilkinson to watch over kids while there parents went to the pto meeting and that help me identiy my passion for youth develpoment. Wyman is a good organization and i want change one thing about it.
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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wyman is all about teens. I am so impressed with the young people in our leadership program that I was delighted to invite several to join me in Jeff City and to "follow" a day of a Senator. They were fantastic.

It has been a privilege to work on future planning of Wyman and then to share our plans with DESE, the State dept of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our TOP ,Teen Outreach Program is applicable to all school districts -and is growing rapidly.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm very grateful to have experienced the entire Wyman Center Inc. Teen Leadership Program. As a parent of one of the teens Wyman has included me, made me feel important and also has educated me on how to raise and listen to my daughter. Our relationship has grown tremendously and we actually can laugh at our not so happy moments withought the attitudes. I can see the growth the program has had on my daugher as well as myself. Since our family was broken up early in my daughters life due to my divorce, it wasn't expected for her to accomplish much due to the rough start. Thanks to programs like Wyman where it doesn't matter where you started just that you have a willing and cooperative desire anything is possible. This is my daughter's last year with the program and I mean she has traveled to places we never would have been able to afford, she has been exposed to the environment: surviving outside and the awareness of trees, plants, birds,etc., met people that have really helped her along the way - the staff is OUTSTANDING, developed relationships with other teens and the list continues to grow on and on. The program encourages her to do good in School, Home and the Community. Thank you for this opportunity to share a few words of appreciation.