UrbanPromise Miami encourages youth ages 14 to 18 to become role models to younger children participating in the programs. The StreetLeader Program is a natural extension of the Summer and After-school Programs, providing an opportunity for youth to stay connected with UrbanPromise Miami while developing important life and leadership skills and remaining involved in their community. Teenagers apply and interview to become a StreetLeader, as they would for a job, and are selected based on their level of readiness or need for a program of this kind. UrbanPromise Miami provides StreetLeaders with extensive vocational training, tutoring (academic standing is directly tied to the number of days a StreetLeader may participate in the program), college preparation, and one-to-one mentoring to help them succeed in and outside of the program. UrbanPromise Miami assists StreetLeaders in obtaining employment within the community.
UrbanPromise is unique in that we believe in caring for the 'whole' child. We are one of the only community based after-school programs that offer free counseling and evaluative services on-site and during after-school hours. Families receiving counseling services at UrbanPromise do not have to travel outside of their community for services or even make additional stops after a long day at work. Our counselors are also critical members of the team, so they can observe and interact with the program staff at any given time. Many times, with the permission of the child and parents, our counselors work directly with the staff in order to extend therapeutic interventions to their daily living.
Our counselors are doctoral-level student clinicians from Carlos Albizu University (www.albizu.edu). Student clinicians are supervised by our Co-Founder and Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Ana M. Ojeda.
Recognizing that the peak hours for violent juvenile crime and victimization are the hours immediately after-school, from 3pm to 6pm, the goal of the After-School program is to provide children and StreetLeaders with a safe environment where our staff can assist them to improve their academic performance and life skills through tutoring and educational enrichment programs. Recently, research also shows the importance of reading at grade level to reduce and eliminate risk of engaging in criminal behaviors. UrbanPromise partners with reading specialists and has started the 'Stop, Drop, and Read' reading program to improve their reading skills and grow their love for reading! Simultaneously, during daily programs, children can create positive relationships with caring adults, a hallmark of the UP model, and participate in creative activities that will help them explore their God-given talents.
Summer camps run for six (6) weeks and provide up to 100 children with fun, educationally-based, and age-appropriate activities, including art, music, sports and recreation, bible study (i.e. activities aimed at bringing to life Christian principles such as love, respect, forgiveness, etc.), life skills workshops, guest speakers, community service activities, and weekly field trips. Each camp has its own name. UPM's original camp in Little Havana is named Camp COURAGE (Changing Others Using Respect and God's Embrace).