As a local law enforcement officer, I have been a supporter of Omni for over 10 years and am continually impressed with the level of service they offer. The youth of Sacramento and their families have been helped and assisted by the programs that Omni offers on many occasions and their passion for making a difference truly shines through.
I am a local law enforcement officer and I have partnered with Omni Youth Programs for the past 10 years in many of their programs and special events. Omni Youth Programs provides much needed prevention programs and resources for families and teens in the Sacramento area. They are consistent in their professionalism and caring of the community as a whole. I look forward to a continued partnership with Omni Youth Programs and the wonderful work they are doing in the Sacramento area.
The leadership of this organization lives by and understands its mission. The work environment is a place where the staff loves to come to every day. There is no end to what this agency is willing to do and has done for its community.
Omni Youth Programs is an extremely professiona and nurturing agency who cares about training the youth counselors of tomorrow as much as it cares for the at risk youth and families it serves. It accompishes a TREMENDOUS amount of success with very low agency cost ($.93 of every dollor goes directly to the programs!) That really empressed me! It also strives to impact the community as a whole by providing services year after year for it's clients and their families at home. If you want your donated dollor to go far and have an immediate and lasting impact, Omni Youth Programs is a wonderful agency for which to donate.
Review from Guidestar
Omni Youth Programs is a great asset to Sacramento Communities. They provide FREE training to people who want to become facilitators of Model Prevention programs focusing on teen alcohol and drug prevention and reduction. Whether you are an already established community program/resource or you want to start something new in your community, Omni will give you the tools for these programs. The idea is to to spread information throughout the Sacramento region and create a community of change makers so that more people are providing programs like "Teens in Action" and "Active Parenting of Teens". These programs are evidence based and practical. Parents and Teens learn about their changing brain, how to use better communication skills and build strong relationships. Omni Youth Programs also provides ongoing technical support to trainees to help break down barriers to program accessibility.
I know first hand the impact on the teens and parents who experience Omni Youth Programs services. It is truly powerful to see teens quit using or even experiment with alcohol or drugs after attending a 6-session prevention program and have it stick over time. I've also been told by almost every parent in our programs how surprised and shocked they are to not have to yell at their teens anymore, just a few weeks into the programs. The new techniques come to them so naturally and finally help them get their teens to cooperate without resentment or resistance - unheard of before! And to see parents and youth speaking receptively and with genuine interest in each other on all sorts of subjects, including sensitive ones, is a huge contrast to when they first started. It's transformative and inspiring. Bringing a family together after years of terrible tension is never as hard as everyone thinks it's going to be. It's actually a fun experience with lots of laughter, cheers and plenty of support during the more serious moments. The programs are so cleverly designed they cause NO resistance among the attendees and create a pleasant, accepting environment. I am the biggest champion of the model programs Omni Youth Programs trains others to lead in their community because I've seen them work for years on all sorts of families with all sorts of tough challenges. It's truly amazing!
Omni Youth Programs is an oustanding program for young children and families. I am proud to have been a part of the team for almost five years. The curriculm teaches the children that they have choices in life and each choice has a consquence. It was exciting to see the expressions on the children's faces while playing the many different board games or during the puppet show when they realized that they did not have to follow the crowd. They had a choice!
I have been with Omni for the last three years. There is nothing more rewarding than to see the children's face light up when they see us. The Omni's approach to teaching the children about drugs, peer pressure and gangs is amazing. Though board games and real life role playing, the children learn what happens when they decide to use drugs or join a gang. Omni gives them fudamental steps on how to say "NO" to peer pressure. Omni's quarterly data shows that the children's behavior improves after having Omni in their classes and for that my hat is off to all the counselors.
Review from Guidestar
I have worked with Omni Youth Programs for almost 20 years and can honestly say this program is very valuable to the communities we serve. What's so unique about our program is that we offer four to eight week small group facilitation so that the youth have a better opportunity to bond with an adult who can help provide positive guidance and support. We also give the youth an opportunity to bond and develop strong, positive relationships with their peers. These relationships continue to grow over the three years that our services are offered at each individual school. Omni Youth Programs also has a very professional and educated staff that are working with at risk youth because they have a passion and commitment to help make youth and communities stronger, but also because many of us have a strong passion to keep our youth free of drugs and gangs. I personally have seen how damaging drugs can be to a youth, their family and the community at large, and made it a personal mission of my own to work in this field to try to make a difference. This program has helped me reach my goal of giving back. I grew up in a low income at risk environment and became the person I am today because I had strong role models that took time out to spend with me and keep me pointed in the right direction. This is what I see Omni providing to the youth they work with.
Omni Youth Programs is an exceptional agency that makes a huge difference in neighborhoods with heavy drug and gang involvement. It's surprising how many pre-teens confide to the counselors that they have been doing drugs with their parents daily since they were 8 years old. But once PASA starts, they really hear what the counselors have to say, and quit using! And, many of them change their views towards gangs. For the first time they think about what it really means to their future and their family as innocent bystanders if they join. Another exciting thing is that teachers say that once Omni Youth Programs starts coming to their class, they spend very little time on resolving student conflicts after every recess and lunch. That's because the program spends a lot of time on resolving problems without violence. Teachers hear the youth telling each other to not fight and just talk it out. Very different from before Omni got there! Everyone involved in the agency is extremely dedicated, competent and show a great deal of respect for each other. Very stringent and ethical business practices are applied and there's never been a legal or ethical complaint or problem since the formation of the program. Omni Youth Programs been around for over 30 years for many good reasons. It's a great organization that gets meaningful results and truly makes a difference in the lives of youth and families in Sacramento. I'm very proud to be a part of this organization.
Review from Guidestar