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OUR PROGRAMS

YOUTH PROGRAM

 

OVERVIEW

The negative and often destructive cycles of individuals entering and reentering the criminal justice system often begin years before boys become men and fathers.  FOTM’s Youth Program engages with some at-risk youth prior to criminal activities, and for others helps shorten and lessen the effects.

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PARTICIPANTS & PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Youth Program participants are referred to FOTM by the court system, school system as well as local law enforcement. This gives FOTM and its Youth Program a direct connection to the institution and those already involved in it.  Most participating in the Youth Program are in their teens.  The Program launched in 2015, and has since developed its own curriculum resulting in two class graduations. The Youth Program has the same two-Level structure as the Fathers Program, though with different content including heavier emphasis on mentoring.  As with the Fathers Program, Level II of the Youth Program focuses on instilling and developing leadership abilities.

Mentees group outing at Campbell University football game. After the game, a group of football players spoke to our youth about the importance of academics first then sports.

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From our MLK Day Youth Summit Lock-In

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Group Mentoring Session with the youth at my office which is Chapel Hill Police Department Substation

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Mentees group outing at Campbell University football game. After the game, a group of football players spoke to our youth about the importance of academics first then sports.

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GRADUATIONS & FUTURE OF GRADUATES

In two years there have been two Level I class graduations of a total of 20 youth, and one Level II graduating class of 10.  Having graduated from either of the two levels, the youth are then well poised to move on from Middle School and then High School to College, Military Service, or Job Corp, for example. 

FOTM works with President Obama’s initiative: My Brother’s Keeper, along with other mentoring affiliates. We do College Spring Break Tours which provide youth opportunities to see both HBCU’s and PWI’s.  We also hold Youth Summits and two-week Social Justice Youth Academies.