2015 Year End Snapshot
In 2014, across all programming initiatives, SSYP has made an impact. Below is a summation of this impact.
SSYP Numbers Served 2014:
Data Sources: http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/acsbr11-08.pdf/http://www.city-data.com/http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13000.html* Georgia % is estimate of combined years: 2009-2013
BART Program Implementation
Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) is an 8-session intervention used by Street Smart Youth Project Inc. This evidence-based program gives teens skills to delay sexual involvement and reduce risk behaviors which may result in HIV/AIDS, STD’s and unplanned pregnancy. Named a Best-Evidence Intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BART features activities that focus on creative problem solving and extending learning beyond the classroom.
The following graphs depict changes in HIV-related knowledge from pre-test to post-test for three BART groups conducted in the last quarter of 2014. Thirty-two African American youth participated in the BART program, including 10 females and 22 males.
At pre-test, youths’ scores on knowledge-based items ranged from 21% to 84% with an average score of 58%. At post-test, youths’ scores ranged from 37% to 95%, with an average score of 73%, indicating significant changes in youths’ HIV knowledge. Overall, youth demonstrated an increase in knowledge on 12 of the 19 questions. Changes in knowledge for each question are depicted in the graphs below.
Underage and Binge Drinking
SSYP was awarded a grant by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to implement strategies to reduce binge drinking and underage drinking in three target communities: English Park, English Avenue and Adamsville.
SSYP staff recently attended a town hall meeting to educate community members about underage drinking and binge drinking. Attendees included educators, parents and members of community-based organizations. The large majority of attendees strongly agreed or agreed they learned about:
· the problems of underage drinking and binge drinking (100%)
· factors that contribute to underage drinking and binge drinking (100%)
· ways to help prevent underage drinking and binge drinking (90%)
Most attendees (75%) indicated being concerned about underage drinking in their community.
SPOTLIGHT OF SUCCESS
Deontavious Wilder began attending SSYP in 2003 as a drop- in youth in English Avenue, he was one of the first members to join. He graduated to become part of SSYP’s inaugural internship group. During this internship experience, he learned maintenance and janitorial skills, professionalism and developed a great work ethic. After the internship ended, he lost his way; becoming involved in the criminal justice system. This could have been the end of the story for him, but instead, he sought out SSYP’s assistance and dedicated himself to redirecting his life and making healthier decisions. After this decision was made, changes occurred. Deontavious is always championing the organization, which he sees as a second home and a place where he receives full acceptance. Recently, he was referred by SSYP to the Westside Works/Integrity CDC vocational program to seek permanent employment. He has graduated from the Integrity CDC Westside Net program and is currently interviewing for jobs. We are proud of his tenacity and know that it will pay off. He is a living example of transcending, transforming, in order to take flight!!
Darkel Jarrett began SSYP as a vocational intern in 2011 after completing a GED program at Youth Enhancement Services. During his internship, he received financial literacy skills, attained his drivers’ license and apprenticed under an IT professional to learn trouble shooting and networking skills. Recently, SSYP referred Darkel to another vocational skills program, which he successfully completed. He is now a culinary school graduate and will be catering his first gig during our 7th annual youth development retreat.
“I got hired on as an intern and I also participated in the interventions for at risk youth. I graduated both GED school and Culinary Art school with the help of Street Smart Youth Project. Street Smart is a blessing. And an awesome tool for success.”
Mackenzie Bass began at SSYP as a drop- in youth in 2007. A quiet soul, Mackenzie was our resident artist and led our first knitting group. He has never been afraid to be and do things differently and this is what makes him special. Eventually, Mackenzie became a Youth Worker at SSYP, assisting in our drop in and summer youth programming. He is known for his quiet wisdom and fierce determination to be a self- made entrepreneur. Due to his interest in construction and contracting, SSYP referred him to the Greening Youth program. There he was a part of the team that built the first playground within the English Avenue community. He has recently attained his drivers license and took his road test in the Street Smart van!! He has also attended Atlanta Area Tech and achieved certificates in dry-walling and construction. He currently is attending college and looking for jobs in the construction industry.
Shanya Stockton joined SSYP in 2012 as a part of our drop- in programming in one of the most under- resourced communities in Atlanta. She has completed our evidence- based interventions, been an integral part of our youth development programming and eventually became Vice President of our Youth Council. She is smart, fearless and always willing to lend a hand to her peers. She leads by example and is always ready with a word of encouragement. In addition to youth council, she is on her high school volleyball team and looks forward to attending college next fall. Shanya is an example of not being defined by her immediate environment. She is Street Smart!!!
“Street Smart has provided me with opportunities I probably never would have had on my own. I have learned many valuable lessons I can take with me through life.”