St Joseph Youth Alliance believes that the community has a voice toward helping our youth have the brightest, most successful futures possible. By helping to coordinate community needs with community services, Youth Alliance helps that voice to be heard. We also are better able to identify areas where the community’s voice is lacking and can step in to create new possibilities.
What are the core areas that drive Youth Alliance?
Core Result: Children & Families Safe and Healthy / Children & Youth Succeeding in School
Substance Abuse Prevention: A Life Free From Substance Abuse
The goal of the Substance Abuse prevention initiative at Youth Alliance is to equip and empower teens to live a life free of drug and alcohol abuse. This means helping parents with tough conversations and working with law enforcement partners to complete compliance checks. Youth Alliance also coordinates Red Ribbon Week, designed to reach thousands of teens with the message that sobriety can open every door to their future.
Core Result: Children & Families Safe and Healthy
Crisis Prevention: Parents Encouraging Parents
By delivering integrated support and social services to families, Youth Alliance is helping prevent child abuse and neglect. Through the Family Connections program, parents connect with other parents around topics such as identifying their parenting strengths, participate in social activities and engage in parenting education.
Core Result: Children Ready to Learn and Succeeding in School
Early Childhood: Working Alongside Childcare Providers
The most critical foundation for a child’s educational success occurs before they ever start school. Youth Alliance works with area childcare providers to offer customized, professional training, technical assistance and grants/equipment for childcare providers as they expand. The goal is to equip childcare providers in 11 counties to provide the most dynamic environment possible.
Core Result: Youth Ready to Enter the Workforce / Children Ready to Learn and Succeeding in School
Youth Mentoring: Career Experience and Confidence
By linking numerous area businesses with teens for custom mentoring experiences, Youth Alliance is a regional leader in helping teens develop stronger career skills, academic skills and leadership drive.
Core Result: Children and Families Safe & Healthy
Youth Asset Development: Positive Values and Commitment to Service
Alongside substance use prevention efforts, Youth Alliance partners and members help provide opportunities for teens to build positive values and serve their community. This powerful initiative creates future leaders and lowers teen risks for substance use.
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