Boys Leadership Program starts up for new year
The Leadership Program is designed to target risk youth
between the ages of 11 and 15 years of age that lack the daily involvement of a
male role model in their lives. The
program was developed by the Mobile County Juvenile Court and Team Focus.
The objective of the program is to bring together positive
male role models on a weekly basis to provide time and guidance to those youth
and match some of the youth with life long Volunteer Mentors through Goodwill Easter
Seals, Big Brother Big Sisters and of mentoring Organizations,
The Youth Leadership Program currently meets once a week at
the Strickland Youth Center GROWTH building located at 2315 Costarides Street
on Tuesday evening beginning at 6PM and ending at 8PM. There are twelve consecutive sessions.
Chief Battiste with Vivian Williams’s , a career assessment
How you can help
It's not up to adults and police to do something about youth violence. Adult solutions won't work by themselves. Youth can - and should - do something. If you want to start seeing changes in your school or where you live, here are some things that you should do:
- be aware there is a problem.
- recognize that violence affects everyone - anyone can be a victim.
- talk about violence with your friends and family - take a stand.
- don' t react to violence with more violence.
- get together - find ways to help stop violence in your school or where you live before it happens.
- if there's a youth council, get involved - help promote positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
- call or write your local media - let them know the positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
- learn the truth about violence in your community - don't let rumors run your life.
- remember that violent teens are a minority - don't let their actions speak for all youth.
The philosophy of the Strickland youth Center is that helping a troubled youth requires the active participation of the Childs entire family. Consistent with this philosophy, all treatment programs operated by the Center are designed to include the child’s family.
The total annual operating budget for the Strickland Youth Center is approximately 6.5 million dollars. It is funded by Mobile County, the City of Mobile, the Department of Youth Services and various grants the State of Alabama.
"We are fighting for
the hearts and souls
of our children.
It's a fight that only
can be won by
and fresh and
to building and
Edmond G. Naman