SafeFutures Youth Center Programs
Multi-ethnic (English speaking) and bilingual in three Southeast Asian languages (Cambodian, Mien, and Lao): SFYC's case management unit focuses on youth at moderate to high risk of gang involvement, juvenile justice involvement, and/or academic dropout/failure. It consists of two youth case managers (bilingual in Cambodian, Lao and Mien). Case management services provide individual attention by recruiting and enrolling youth with to increase resiliency factors and encouraging their academic success and social skills development. Upon enrollment, an Individual Action/Service Plan is developed with the youth that includes six domains of development: Individual Behavior, Juvenile Justice, Peer Group, Academic Achievement, Family Management, and Life Skills.
Motivating Youth to Succeed in Academics (MYSA)
After school programming is available Monday - Friday from 3pm-6pm. An Academic Services Coordinator oversees tutoring and academic enrichment activities and performs follow-up activities within the schools. Best practice models (i.e. alcohol and other drug prevention education) and other supportive services (i.e. peer and gender-based groups, employment assistance, community service projects, and younger youth mentoring) are incorporated for further support.
SFYC operates two leadership development teams under the best practice model, The Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. It is a strengths-based approach involving the entire family and promotes intergenerational relationships and community building efforts through four major project/activity areas:
1) individual sessions;
2) community events/collaborative projects;
3) service projects; and
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Our most recent achievements in Academic Support includes 100% of eligible youth graduating from high school for school year ending in 2012. Our goal for students to achieve outcomes included 91% of youth meeting indicators of success in improved grades, progression to the next grade, participation in positive social activities - leadership groups, enrollment in literary projects (Young Urban Authors), The Science Club (in collaboration with Neighborhood House), and others.
Funding is needed for general support of our Comprehensive Family Model.