STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Street Outreach Program is a hands-on adolescent engagement initiative whereas Organize Change, Inc. canvasses communities for runaway and homeless youth to provide community resources and services to eliminate adolescent homelessness. Youth are provided literature of resources, referral services, hygiene and other survival kits, as well as alternate housing opportunities. Organize Change, Inc. Street Outreach Program work closely with other adolescent homeless prevention programs to ensure a full network of support and resources for homeless and runaway youth.
The Peer Leadership Program is a peer group facilitated by Organize Change Inc. senior participants and graduates that provides structured social learning. Group members are able to exchange experiences and express life stressors while learning positive resolution techniques. Positive behavior and attitudes are consistently reinforced through peer collaboration.
ADVOCATES FOR DETENTION DIVERSION (A.D.D.) PROGRAM
The A.D.D. Program is an comprehensive detention diversion program that provides individual case management, court advocacy, and community supervision to youth eligible for court diversion. Program participants engage in life skills and academic/employment readiness. A.D.D. participants are concurrently enrolled in the Peer Leadership Program.
Organize Change, Inc. understands the unique challenge for adolescents to transition to adulthood, particularly in the absence of committed, long term supports. Therefore Organize Change, Inc. program design was developed on the premise that services aimed at addressing static risk factors of youth are unsuccessful. Instead, Organize Change, Inc. provides resources and services to youth that address dynamic risk factors while recognizing that services targeting youth behavior alone will not necessarily alter outcomes. Organize Change, Inc. establishes an ongoing collaboration between the adolescent, their family, and community that provides services needed for adolescents to take personal responsibility for their successful transition to adulthood while also holding families and communities accountable for the systems changes needed to support the successful transition to adulthood for adolescents.
Adolescents participating in O.C. programs are required to take a social and/or economic issue that impacts their life and/or the lives of their family/community and create a civic project addressing and mobilizing action on the issue. Projects are then presented to community stakeholders for strategic planning on resolving the community issue.
The Pillar Program is an intensive, long term mentor program that allows youth to choose a mentor in their specific area of interest. Youth spend a minimum of 8 hours a week with their "Pillar" (mentor) engaging in activities that develop new, pro social skills while teaching professional skills through modeling and behavioral rehearsal techniques.
YOUTH EXCELLENCE STAKEHOLDERS (Y.E.S.) PROGRAM
The Y.E.S. Program is a community initiative where youth collaborate with community stakeholders through a civic project of their choice. Youth work with business leaders, grassroots organizations, government officials, and families in the community to examine an issue in their community. Upon completion of their research and civic project, youth invite community stakeholders to a presentation of their final project and organize strategic planning groups to work toward addressing the issue they identified.