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Build for the Future


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Building for the Future (girls 12-17)

Girls Empowering and Motivating Success (GEMS) Resiliency Program focuses on girls between 12-17 years of age. The GEMS project has created a strong need to inspire young women to be more resilient and to empower them to make positive decisions in areas that determine their emotional, educational, social, and physical status. The GEMS program was born out of the Rise Sister Rise “Placing Black Girls at Promise” research project that evaluated African American girl’s experiences of a need to in-spire young women to be more resilient in the Lima community. The GEMS program focuses on body image, diversity, peer relationships, individuality, friendship, paths to the future, and being a girl. GEMS will also provide programming designed to help the girls avoid VATOD (Violence, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs), juvenile crime, teen pregnancy prevention, resiliency, and school failure. The young ladies of GEMS learn how to combat these issues through positive coping skills and alternative education.

Start Talking: Keeping It R.E.A.L. Program (students 12-14)

A multicultural, school-based substance use prevention program for students 12-14 years old. Keepin' it REAL uses a 10-lesson curriculum taught by trained classroom teachers in 45-minute sessions over 10 weeks, with booster sessions delivered in the following school year. The curriculum is designed to help students assess the risks associated with substance abuse, enhance decision-making and resistance strategies, improve antidrug normative beliefs and attitudes, and reduce substance use. The narrative and performance-based curriculum draws from communication competence theory and a culturally grounded resiliency model to incorporate traditional ethnic values and practices that protect against substance use. The curriculum places special emphasis on resistance strategies represented in the acronym REAL: Refuse offers to use substances, Explain why you do not want to use substances, Avoid situations in which substances are used, and Leave situations in which substances are used.

Peace Maker Project (students elementary and middle school)

A health promotion project designed to evaluate a comprehensive, school based intervention that seeks to prevent violence among students from North, and West Middle schools. The project is a multiple component health promotion intervention, with a community-based intervention that complements the school-based activities that will reduce aggressive behavior among targeted students. The Peace Maker curriculum is used in the middle schools and the Making Allies Making Friends curriculum is used in the elementary schools.

Summer Enrichment Program (youths age 6-15)

UMADAOP Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)/Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) - offers youth ages 6 to 15 an opportunity to experience educational as well as recreational activities. This dynamic program features a variety of activities. Our goal is to assist youth with the development of self-esteem and leadership skills.

Lima UMADAOP provides a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer enrichment program that is twofold, Student Leaders (camp Counselors ages 16-22) who are educated in order to provide education activities for day camp participants. Lima-UMADAOP Summer Enrichment STEM Camp strategy as the first step along a path for both formal and informal learning, it is where learners begin to construct concepts for themselves as they apply new knowledge and skills. When learners are motivated to investigate topics further, they are inspired to choose related fields of studies and careers. Lima-UMADAOP wants to promote student interest and achievement in STEM and help direct young people along a pathway to STEM careers that support the organization’s initiative. Lima-UMADAOP prevention programs engage youth in STEM education at any age anywhere along a continuum of education settings from formal to informal.

Youth participate in the Garden Project to promote healthy living and clean eating. Garden Project was put in place to educate youth on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The project is youth lead with a master gardener lead to assist in educating youth and having them understand the correct process of gardening from the planting stage to maintaining the garden as it continues to produce. The youth are included from the very beginning and are able to pick out the vegetables they want to grow.

Youth also get to enjoy other alternative activities such as boxing, swimming, visit to the local museum, movies and field trips (ex. Zoombezi Bay Waterpark).

Male Academy for Traditional Conduct and Honor (M.A.T.C.H.) (young males)

A holistic program that encompasses a full regiment of sessions designed to help young males make the healthy, educated transition into young adolescents. The program will promote cultural awareness, positive self-esteem, self-reliance and interdependence, and teach critical thinking skills. Moreover, enhance social coping skills, moral values and appreciation for education, as well as motivate and enhance work ethics.

Aiming High Prevention Services (youths 6-17)

An after school program for youth ages 6-12 Coalition for Academic and Personal Excellence (C.A.P.E.) and 12 to 17 year olds Teen Peer Educators (T.P.E.) to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of the negative effects of violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and tutoring services are provided in addition to increase the academic achievement of students in schools.

Positive Action (youths 5-18)

Positive Action is an integrated, comprehensive program that improves the academic achievement and multiple behaviors of children and adolescents 5 to 18 years of age. It is intensive, with lessons at each grade level from kindergarten to 12th grade that are reinforced school wide, at home, and in the community. It includes school, family, and community components that work together or stand alone. Outcomes include decreases in substance use, reductions in behaviors related to risk factors, and improvements related to protective factors. Developed by Carol Gerber Allred, Ph.D

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