YR DROP-IN CENTER
The YR Drop-in Center (YRDC) was created by youth for youth ages 11-18 (6th-12th grade). The YRDC is a free, safe, and inclusive space for young people to gain new skills, meet new people, and connect with their community.
YR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (YRLI)
YRLI is a year-round leadership program for 7th-12th grade students. Participants graduate once they complete over 165 hours of participation in four key areas that focus on increasing developmental assets to set them up for success as they transition into adulthood.
SOURCES OF STRENGTH
SOS is rooted in eight strengths- factors that research has shown are protective against suicide risk and also has an indirect impact on other risky behaviors. These include: Family support, positive friends, spirituality, mentors, healthy activities, medical access, mental health and generosity.
YR Sources of Strength trains students as peer leaders and connects them with volunteer adult advisors at school and in the community. With support from advisors, the peer leaders conduct well-defined messaging activities intended to change peer group norms influencing coping practices and problem behaviors (e.g., drug use, risky behaviors). Sources of Strength is a proven, evidence-based model showing strong outcomes among multiple studies. CLICK BELOW TO WATCH VIDEOS!
YR THEATER TROUPE
YR Theater Troupe members create and perform original plays on topics of interest based on what impacts young people today. They present these plays to youth and the community. Trained Troupe members (peer educators) provide these performances that consist of three parts:
1) A short play
2) Question/answer session (actors stay in character)
3) Open-forum discussion of the play’s themes led by
After the performance and discussions, a reality workshop takes place. This depends on the topic presented. In the case of substance abuse prevention, speakers recovering from substance abuse are brought in and get to share their personal stories and discuss issues raised by the performance as it relates to their own experiences. Their shared stories help to personalize the risk and break through teens’ sense of “This can’t happen to me”.
The final session includes a skill-building workshop. These help students to learn appropriate information and skills related to the main topic. Factual information is provided, correcting myths common among peers, and building strong communication and resistance skills. Since learning and developing competence in any topic happens through modeling and imitation, young people need to see skills demonstrated and practice them.
Youth EMPOWERMENT NETWORK
MORE INFO TO COME BY 3/21/2018!