Provide youth with positive and healthy alternatives to drug, alcohol and tobacco use, criminal activity, and other high-risk behaviors during the peak crime hours after school;
Provide youth with an opportunity to learn life skills, i.e. conflict resolution, anger management, refusal skills, career awareness, peer leadership, teacher appreciation, self-esteem, self control, problem solving, community service, teamwork, family involvement and decision-making;
Provide youth with an opportunity to improve grades by developing an individual academic action plan;
Provide at-risk youth with a sports legend/celebrity mentor.
Shoot for the Stars Program Components
Youth Orientation – A positive peer leadership and career awareness training conducted by SFTS Personnel. After the initial orientation, monthly follow-up sessions will be facilitated.
Parent / Youth Orientation – A workshop designed to help youth and their parent(s):
Identify and prioritize their values
Consider the similarities and differences in their views of life
Better understand the way in which values influence behavior
Train parents on how to develop an action plan to address violence, drug abuse, school drop-outs, community activity, and how to keep youth engaged to continue to achieve and excel
Youth Summit – A one day program at the end of the school year. After school participants will collaboratively work together to select leadership topics and marketing for a citywide youth event at the end of the school year. the objective of the summit is to:
Expose youth to new ideas and opportunities that they then can share with their friends and peers back home
Enable youth to share experiences, knowledge, and resources with other youth from their local communities
Build leadership skills, communication skills, teamwork, and an appreciation for different cultures
Encourage youth to critically examine the skills they have developed during the Youth Summit, and consider how to apply those skills to educational / career-related paths