THRIVE: Identity, Values and Empowerment
The City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services in collaboration with several community service agencies is offering two new youth development after school programs for youth ages 12 to 17. Both programs provide youth with necessary supports and opportunities to prepare youth for successful adulthood. The City is partnering with the University of Rochester to evaluate the project to learn the most effective ways for adults to help young people engage in positive behaviors. Similar studies are occurring across the country and information obtained from each study is designed to help national and local youth development officials plan for more effective youth services. Further details of both programs are listed below:
A service learning program that focuses on life skills, volunteering, and issues related to the social and emotional health of adolescents. The program will include group discussions on values, relationships, sexuality, communication skills, goal-setting and decision-making. The group discussions will be youth lead with certified adult facilitators providing guidance. Your youth will also participate in at least twenty (20) hours of youth-led community service projects.
A work readiness program that focuses on skills and behaviors needed to find and keep a job, including portfolio design, proper behavior in the work place, and interviewing skills. This program will include group discussions on topics such as building customer service skills, clear and direct communication, and tips for landing jobs.
Partner agencies are Baden Street Settlement, Charles Settlement House, Community Place of Greater Rochester, Threshold Center for Youth Alternatives and the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County. Independent evaluator is the University of Rochester.
Both programs will be offered in group sessions lasting up to 1 ½ hours and will be held between once a week and once a month. In each program youth will play an active role in deciding what happens, with adult support and supervision. Snacks will be provided during each session and youth will have opportunities to earn incentives.
THRIVE is funded through the U.S. Department of Health, Office of Adolescent Health. For more information on THRIVE, please contact the City of Rochester, Bureau of Youth Services at 585-428-6816.
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