Project Vision: To inspire, build, support, train and educate under-served youth, displaced youth, youth of incarcerated parents and youth that are at-risk for negative behavior and poor outcomes in school. Our goal is to redirect our youth in a way that enables them to become the next leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs of our community.
Get Your Teens Signed Up Today!
Project 1. : S.T.O.P. “Straight Talk On Point”
“Straight Talk On Point” (STOP) a self- help program that starts with you.
A program takes just a few good men and women with good common sense to operate. The topics that we will cover in this program reflect the need for intense personal rehabilitation.
Get it off Your Chest—it Might Help You.
The whole idea of Straight Talk On Point is to have members of the group interact with each other without reservation; and produce positive and constructive solutions to life issues.
This program uses “Talk Therapy” to address and delve into life and/or current issues that may need to be addressed.
A Closer Look!
|· Closure||· Victimization|
|· Prevention||· Independence|
|· Therapeutic||· Good Citizenship|
Let’s not be shy because we are each other peer support; we all need help with change.
Set it off.
Keep It Real With Yourself: if you don’t have issues how can you improve? Or is it that you are perfect?
Question: Have you seen a perfect person?
Keeping it real is what allows for understanding and the need for critical dialogue that could potentially affect our environment.
The emphasis should be on constructive dialogue and solutions.
Bring your issues to the table or write them down, especially, if you have a difficult time explaining yourself. Also, consider it a break for the day; it’s therapeutic to separate from the habitual norms of life and negativity that preoccupy our thoughts within a day.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
This is a six-week workshop that cover six (6) sessions/topics affecting the individual and the community as a whole. At the completion of the Program, a chrono/certificate will be issued to each participant.
The first 15-20 minutes of each meeting will be related to “GETTING IT OFF YOUR CHEST” or current issues that may need to be addressed before covering the topics for the day’s session.
Other features may be added to the group’s activities as needed to encourage full participation an enthusiasm about the subject matter.
Anyone is welcome to participate. The people’s participation is the program.
Whatever experience you have, knowledge and/or hope, share it with the group. Your sharing can ultimately change how we think for the better, interact and feel about another human being and ourselves. Most importantly, it can change how we believe and view the world around us.
Attention! Homework may be requested and one (1) essay is required.
Our sessions are group activities which may include the following:
- Roundtable discussion to address real-life day to day issues impacting youth
- Breakout sessions for Arts and Crafts
- Breakout sessions for Poetry, Teleplay Writing and Role Playing
- Breakout sessions for Debate and Public Speaking
Targeted youth age: 13-18
Project 2. :Give All Men Emotional Strength
G.A.M.E.S. by Cortez Chandler
We have given many thoughts about our existence and how to give back to the many things we’ve taken; I think it would be great for the youth to learn about our program. G.A.M.E.S. is a program that shows you about things we have had to learn about the hard way. Me being locked away for 24 years has given me a great deal of insight and understanding my past as well as the present. We, here in our program have a lot to share with troubled youth; I say the word troubled because I don’t look at any child as being bad. As an adult I can see the many difficult choices I made that formed my life. No one should have to go through prison to gain an understanding of life. Being part of the prison system has given us a chance to make amends, and find ways to give back to the communities we destroyed.
We set forth to show you how to materialize many things in the G.A.M.E.S program. Our goal is to give them the game (tools, skills, and the education). Share with them our real-life struggle of being incarcerated. Showing them that we do have firsthand experience of prison life. Our discussions of prison, gangs, violence, drugs, and above all the isolation, which from our perspective is much more compelling compared to the movies they watch or some rappers that they listen to point of views of prison life. The California’s Correctional facility was our residence for many years.OBJECTIVES/GOALS
- Our goal is to bring awareness to the youth, to prevent the tragedy of becoming ensnared by the wheels of the justice system. Understanding that all youths, regardless of age, sex, or race are at risk today, G.A.M.E.S. is still striving to bring their message to all surrounding areas.
- Disciplining themselves to respect the laws and rules set up by those in authority, instead of breaking the laws and the rules and suffering the consequences of crime.
- Learning to value life, respecting family and community, instead of stealing, fighting, or vandalizing.
- We want to build a man that will be able to give back to your community being a mentor or teacher
- Our program will be based at the community parks in Los Angeles County. The ages of young men will range 8-17 years old.
- Education is the key; we explain how essential education is when establishing goals and striving to achieve them. They will be educated by using true-to-life examples of what crime does to everyone. Victims, offenders, families, and society. Obtaining a proper education and setting career goals, instead of dropping out of school and ending up with no job or skills.
G.A.M.E.S program needs the support of the community!!!! One thing that hindered us as young men was lack of communication with the community. We have learned to think all police officers are bad or at fault for locking away our brothers, friends, and fathers, and they’re not there to help us or our community. Our program wants to build up the communication by having them be a part of this program. When both the children and the officers see the human side of each other, they will gain a better understanding of one another. The community won’t judge the officers by the senseless shootings, police brutality, or the use of excessive force as they’ve seen in the media, and the officers won’t judge every teen as a gang member or a delinquent because of their race or economic background. We want to give our children hope as well as an understanding that they do have choices that can lead to a better future.
Project 3. :Nine (9) Steps to Street Gang Recovery – SGR
What is the Purpose of S.G.R.?
The purpose of SGR is to help gang members find a new way to live, to challenge the belief system of people who live by a street code that is against the norms of society. SGR aims to offer awareness, liberate and cultivate the minds of those who are gang members, associates, ex-gang members or on the verge of joining a gang. SGR is designed to reshape the destructive and negative thinking that leads to street gang violence.
This program requires that you lay down your guard, put down your weapons and submit to the NINE STEPS that can change your life, if practiced on a daily basis. The objective is for you to internalize the steps by memorizing them until they become second nature. These Steps are a list of principles that have to be understood in depth and discussed on every level conceivable. They were created by former gang members that served many years for violent crimes and who are now giving back to society in a positive way.
Embrace the Nine (9) Steps to Street Gang Recovery – SGR, it may save your life. It will also save your family life and your community, because you must know that when you choose to join a group that is involved in a neighborhood gang, cliché or prison gang, your family also joins that gang, your community joins that gang. How so? Gang violence does not discriminate, everyone around you is affected by it.
So make SGR your solution!
Re: Implementation Plan – SGR
SGR was inspired and written by former gang members from southern California. The first SGR group was made up of African American, Latino and Asian members. It was formed in 2010 inside the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on a mainline facility. 95% of the original SGR members were lifers serving sentences for gang related crimes ranging from kidnap to drive-by homicide. 75% of these members had been in custody since the mid to late 80’s by the time this program was formed.
Hence, the authenticity and potential impact of SGR cannot be underestimated.
- SGR must be conducted in secure locations and environments where participants will feel safe and protected.
- Facilities must be equipped with classroom space
- Facilities must be equipped with lockable doors
- Access to projector for presentations
- Male/Female (Co-ed program)
- Ex-gang members
- Active gang members (note: SGR will keep separate from ex-gang member groups)
- Those identified by community members, parole or probation of having gang ties
Program Requirements and Schedule.
- Twice a week
- Two or more groups (active and non-active)
- Two hours per session
- Three Month rotation (12 weeks)
- Agency/organization enrollment and attendance tracker (Note: SGR is not responsible for attendance enforcement, only follow up and after hour mentoring services)
Benefits to beneficiaries.
- Certificates of completion for graduates
- Plan of Action portfolio for career path
- Job Reference Letter
- Apprenticeship and employment opportunities upon release from custody
- Life Skills Achievement
- Family Reunification and re-enforcement (letter writing to family members)
- Making amends to the community
- Follow up counseling sessions upon release from custody