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 manhood, womanhood and community investment.
IOY’s mentorship program is a semester, ending with a ceremony held at the end of each semester. The programs run five cycles per year, developing youth and supportive parents. The outreach of this program will extend beyond the training of the program, with speaking engagements to schools, churches and other community organizations.
Personal Development Sessions – to address cultural awareness, family stability, domestic violence drug and alcohol awareness, economic awareness, conflict reconciliation, spiritual, physical, and intellectual awareness, aesthetic art, and entrepreneurship.
Community Service – to provide opportunities for youth to carry out their court ordered sanctions. Service Learning/Volunteer
Public Service – links academic work with practical experience by helping students develop a balanced approach to their own education.
Since 1997, IOY has had many successful programs to invest in children and their families. To learn more about how to enroll your child into an IOY program, click here:
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. 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 and on our “Gallery” page.
3. 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. Take a look at one of our previous abstinence video PSAs on the “Gallery” page.