Youth Life Coach Each child will be assigned a Partner to evaluate, monitor, and assist each youth. This partner will meet with their youth individually on a regular basis to assist with questions, problems, or simply to be a friend. They will be also on the lookout for issues which would endanger, put at risk, or threaten the youth in the home or within the youth’s environment, either in or out of school, and report any issues to Hope Center leadership or further investigation. Partners will also monitor for mental health and medical issues present in the youth and youth’s family which require more complex care, and make appropriate recommendations to the Director who will discuss with the family.Before and After-school and Summer Program (13 to 18, divided into smaller groups according to similar age): The purpose of this program is to aid in keeping teens in a safe, loving and learning environment both before and after school, and into evening hours when necessary while parents may still be working. These would include such things as: Age appropriate movie/DVD time. Breakfast will be served on premises before school, with snack and dinner for those on premises after school. Computers loaded with educational and ‘G’ rated games. Internet will be available only for work on educational assignments. Computers will be protected from adult material via protection software. Computer classes to teach advanced computer programs. Game room equipped with items such as: table tennis, pool table, arcade games, etc. Life skills are taught: such as: good study & bedtime habits, nutrition, handling conflict, good communication, proper behavior, anger management, etc. Music & Dance practice Sport programs Teaching of the English language. Tutoring Vitamins will be given each day with parental written permission. Work with school system to have teens picked up and dropped off at center before and after school. Teens will not be permitted to leave until picked up by parent or someone with written parental permission, or dropped off by bus/van at agreed upon time to teens home. Career Development Program Classes and individual assistance from the career counselor in helping youth find and follow their natural career bents through: Career assessment tests. College and trade school understanding and assistance. College funding assistance and knowledge given (i.e. Fafsa, etc.) Resume development. Job interview skills. Job ethics and integrity training. Job retention skills, such as job etiquette and proper business behavior. Job advancement training. Professional days when people from the community come in to explain their profession and answer questions on education, job requirements, and responsibilities. We will work with colleges, trade and business schools in the area for special assistance to those in the program. Youth Art Hope Centre will be to give teens an outlet of expression and creativity with which to convey emotions and feelings in a safe and creative way. They will be able to learn how to utilize their talents and creative energy to produce positive results. As in the kids center, in house teachers as well as ‘guest’ teachers from the community will work together to teach and encourage the teens as well as give them positive role models. Program will highlight visual and performing arts; such as: dance, gymnastics, theatre, drama, set construction, voice, musical instruments, sound board, directing, play writing, book writing, costume design and construction, and various forms of visual arts. Youth Fun Factor A fun place just for teens. Arcade, fun choice of foods, with Christian contemporary music playing, and the teens will have a time to fellowship and have fun. Teen partners will be in attendance to better get to know their teens and to have fun and fellowship with them. Youth Program This program’s purpose will be to also help keep youth in a safe, loving environment rather than on the street, having a goal of helping them to find and develop their gifts, talents and interests, with the help of positive role models to connect with. A major goal of the center will be to help youth find and develop their natural, ‘difference’ in order for them to find hope of a bright future. It will also serve to give to the under resourced the advantages typically only afforded those of more financially resourced children. Busing to Hope Ranch for part of day for horse care and horseback riding lessons. Dance classes (with a yearly recital for those who regularly attend.) Day trips to various museums, zoos, skiing, etc. Drama, dance and musical programs will be performed at the holidays and various other times during the year. Extra tutoring as needed, or desired. Music classes (instruments, voice, choir—instruments will stay at the facility and will be practiced during after school hours until such time as youth has met specified goals of responsibility and competence to be awarded the privilege of taking instrument home. Sports activities; such as: Basketball, Baseball, Girls Softball, Soccer, Track, & Volleyball. Writing classes. Youth and families will be bused to Hope Centre on Sundays for Church and for various other special programs, including musical concerts, and special speakers, throughout the year. Youth will also have opportunity to take part in service with their gifts and talents. In addition, youth will be invited to audition for the youth worship band which will lead worship for the church youth group. Movie Theatre Movie Theatre will show moral, encouraging, and fun movies. Organized Family Outings Various outings for the families will be planned throughout the year for those with young people involved in the center, to places such as: camping, museums, movies, plays, skiing, weekend and summer camps etc. Outreach Programs for Youth Driver training for those eligible to earn their driver’s license. Provide for youth backpacks and school supplies. Vitamin distribution. Work with schools to provide vouchers for families needing assistance for ordering school pictures, including athletic pictures, etc. Work with schools to supply athletic equipment, tennis shoes, and athletic fees for under resourced children. Youth Reaching Out Programs will be planned for teens to reach out to other teens, and older adults, in order help build a sense of esteem within the youth and to encourage and model for them a lifestyle of giving and helping.