Guiding the Path to Success (GPS) Out of School and Summer Program
Gang Alternative's Guiding the Path to Success (GPS) After school Program and Summer Camp provides M-F, after school, full day and summer camp services to 345 students and their parents (inclusive of 34 CWD) in grades K-8th during the school year and summer months. The program serves students at 6 community and school sites located in the Little Haiti, El Portal, West Little River, North Miami and Homestead neighborhoods. The program offers fun, engaging, best-practice curricula and activities including literacy, fitness, homework assistance, computer-assisted learning, social skills/lifeskills development, project-based learning, service learning, visual and performing arts, music, dance, character education and unique family engagement events. Programming occurs at most sites from 2:30 to 6:30, M-F, with abbreviated programming at the middle school site from 4:00 - 6:30 daily.
The Building Leaders of Character (BLOC) Youth development Program
The Gang Alternative Building leaders of Character (BLOC) program provides the Evidence-based Best Practice (EBP) LifeSkills Training curriculum enhanced to include select Aggression Replacement Training (ART), offered with cultural sensitivity and fidelity to inner-city youth ages 13-18. GA has an excellent track record in delivering this program for the past 8 years. Services also include intake, parental supports, assessment and referral.
The goal of the Building Leaders of Character (BLOC) Program is to help participants make healthy life-style choices, instill positive values and build good character, and to create a positive impact on individual youth and families in ways that improve their academic achievement and improve the skills needed for college and/or career success. The program already includes measurable objectives designed to improve academic achievement, assist students with gaining better self-management skills (anger control, financial literacy, moral reasoning) and provide them with opportunities for skill-streaming and internships designed to improve career readiness.
Currently, the BLOC program serves 100+ students from high-need Middle and High School campuses.
Youth Excellence Program (YEP)
Youth Excellence Program (YEP) is a substance abuse prevention and social development program serving 700+ students age 11-18 referred by local middle/high schools in the highest risk neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County. Evidence-based Selected Prevention strategies (Botvin’s LifeSkills,) target students at-risk of developing significant health, social, mental and behavioral problems due to risk factors present in their schools, communities and families. Additionally, students identified from this group by brief clinical assessment (EBP=SBIRT), problem identification and referral, will receive more intensive Indicated prevention strategies, follow-up and case-management as needed to ensure a complete continuum of care.
Youth/Kid Splash Mentoring 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 strategically designed to operate on the weekends as a means of diverting youth from negative street activities. The Youth Splash program is designed to help young men and women get closer to God which in turn helps them to develop healthy attitudes towards their future, build their self-esteem, and develop social competency. The youths get the opportunity to fellowship with peers and mentors.
These programs help young men and women acquire the skills needed to make positive choices, develop their abilities to function efficiently in society, and promote cultural awareness. The programs meet these objectives by involving youths in a series of challenging activities that involve hands-on opportunities to develop leadership, problem solving and decision-making skills.
U.P.L.I.F.T.-Little Haiti Service Partnership
UPLIFT Little Haiti Service Partnership is a place based coalition of social service providers working together to provide Care Coordination and comprehensive case management/wraparound services to families and communities where children are at risk of child maltreatment, chronic absenteeism, and children or youth who display disruptive behavior in school or in the community. The Service Partnerships also provides community engagement activities that bring communities together around the issues facing their communities.
UPLIFT Little Haiti serves 100 at-risk students from five targeted schools: 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. Health Connect in Our Schools (HCiOS) staff will also refer children/families who present risk factors for neglect or poor school performance for screening. Referrals, to include self-referral of participants and community referrals will also be accepted from all sources.