Mentorship Program – provides advice and guidance from a positive role model and promotes youth and human development. Additionally, the program provides education and training for youth and young adults in preparation for adulthood and community investment.
IOY’s mentorship program run several cycles per year, developing youth and supportive parents. The outreach of this program extends beyond the training of the program, with speaking engagements to schools, churches and other community organizations. [Picture: Girls visiting Capital City Bank to learn about financial literacy.]
Personal Development Sessions – address cultural awareness, civic engagement, family stability, domestic violence, drug and alcohol awareness, economic awareness, conflict reconciliation, physical fitness, intellectual awareness, aesthetic art, and entrepreneurship.
Community Service – to provide opportunities for youth to carry out their court ordered sanctions, engage in service learning, and explore volunteer opportunities.
Public Service – links academic work with practical experience by helping students develop a balanced approach to their own education. [Picture: The Gadsden County Fire Department comes to IOY on Health & Safety Day to discuss fire safety and being a firefighter. Other H&S days include discussions on cyber-bullying, social media, being home alone, etc.]
Since 1997, IOY has had many successful programs to invest in children and their families:
1. Girls Elite
Currently, this program provides mentoring and other activities for girls. Girls Elite is a female development project that utilizes research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation. Learn more on our “Girls Elite” page.
2. RedHEALS Partnership for Women and Girls
Currently, this initiative serves to empower women and girls to take charge of the health of their minds and bodies. The goal of the RedHeals Program is to share, identify, and address challenging issues surrounding health risks, self empowerment, and other important concerns facing women and girls in our community. The red ribbon is used to bring awareness mainly to health related issues such as Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS, Stroke, and Substance Abuse. During the community events, speakers, presenters, singers, dance groups and more are come together to empower women to make wise choices regarding their health and well-being. To learn more, watch a video about one of the conference on our Gallery page.
3. AAT-MAP 21st Century Community Learning Center
This after school program addressed the educational needs of the youth enrolled in IOY’s social behavior programs. 21st Century included educational group sessions, one-on-one tutoring, physical activities, and more. Take a look at one of our math PSAs inspired by our students on our “Gallery” page.
4. Changing a Generation an Abstinence Only Education Program
This program was designed to promote “abstinence until marriage” as the most healthy life style. After completing the sessions the youth had the opportunity to form clubs with the assistance of facilitators that to help re-enforce their learned skills.