Guiding the Path to Success (GPS) After school and K-12 Summer Program
Gang Alternative's Guiding the Path to Success (GPS) provides full day and summer camp services to 345 students and to 34 children with disabilities, who are in K-8 and in high target neighborhoods during the school year and over the summer months. GPS currently services students at 6 community sites s well as schools that are located in Little Haiti, Liberty City, Miami Gardens, EL Portal, West Little River, North Miami and Homestead neighborhoods. The program offers snacks, reading literacy, fitness, homework assistance and tutoring, computer-assisted learning through I Ready, social skills & life-skills development, project-based learning, volunteerism, cultural and visual/performing art and unique family engagement events.
Building Leaders of Character (BLOC) Youth Development and Career and College Readiness Program
Building leaders of Character (BLOC) program provides Evidenced-based Life Skills Training curriculum which includes Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and is offered with cultural sensitivity and fidelity to inner-city youth ages 13-18 in various middle schools and high schools throughout Miami Dade County. GA services 50 middle school students and 50 high-school students during the school year and over the course of the summer.
The BLOC Program further provides mentoring, life skills, faith based learning as well as college and career readiness, assisting with college applications, college scholarships, care packages, resume building and creation, mock interviews and summer job internships in the community which are paid.
Youth Excellence Program or (YEP)
Youth Excellence Program (YEP) is a substance abuse prevention and social development program serving 1,085 students ages 11-18 years old in partnership with Miami Dade County Public Schools. YEP uses Evidence-based Selected Prevention strategies such as Botvin’s LifeSkills,
and targets at-risk youth. Students are identified from this group by brief clinical assessment (EBP=SBIRT), problem identification and referral receive referrals and level II case-management as needed to ensure a complete continuum of care.
Youth Splash & Kids Splash Children and Youth Spiritual/ Faith Based Program
The Youth Splash Program operates on Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. and the Kid Splash Program operates on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The program is the faith based component of Gang Alternative and teaches students about the bible and different lessons and teachings from the bible.
The program is further strategically designed to operate on the weekends as a means of diverting youth from negative street activities and creating a safe space where youth can interact. We offer food and instruction during youth splash and kids splash and invite guest speakers and wellness gurus to teach the students new skills.
U.P.L.I.F.T. Care Coordination & Case-management Services, Little Haiti Service Partnership
UPLIFT Little Haiti Service Partnership is a collaboration between Gang Alternative and an array of social service agencies working together to provide Care Coordination and comprehensive case management/wraparound services to families and communities in high risk neighborhoods and target schools and zip codes. The population that UPLIFT are typically at high risk of child abuse and maltreatment, they are referred due to academic performance and behavior, chronic absenteeism. The Service Partnership also provides community engagement activities which bring agencies together around the issues facing our community as a whole.
UPLIFT Little Haiti serves 100 at-risk students from five targeted schools including Miami Edison Senior High, Horace Mann Middle School, Morningside K-8 Center, Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary School, and Jessie McCrary Elementary School.
Youth/families that are referred to the place based service partnership receive care coordination and other comprehensive services services.
Referrals further include self-referral of participants and community referrals.