2016 Year End Snapshot
Over the course of 2016, SSYP served/engaged 999 individuals in various activities including evidence- based programming, risk reduction (provision of alternatives), community outreach, case management and environmental strategies. The following figures depict the demographics of the population served by Street Smart. The 560 individuals served by SSYP were predominately 20 years of age or younger (n = 488) with the largest age group being 15-17 years old (67%). An additional 72 individuals were 25 years of age or older. Approximately half of those served were male (n = 300) as compared to 260 females. The large majority of those served (n = 491) were Black or African American.
Figure 4 depicts the number of individuals served by strategy type. Education and information dissemination constituted the strategies that reached/served the greatest number of individuals.
Figure 5 depicts the percentage of individuals served/reached by each Institute of Medicine (IOM) prevention category. Universal activities are those targeted to the general public or population. Universal direct activities are those that serve an identified group of participants, while universal indirect activities are those that support population-based programs and environmental strategies. Selective prevention strategies target subsets of the total population that are deemed to be at risk for substance abuse by virtue of their membership in a particular population segment–for example, children of adult alcoholics, dropouts, or students who are failing academically. Indicated prevention strategies are designed to prevent the onset of substance abuse in individuals who do not meet DSM-V criteria for addiction, but who are showing early danger signs, such as falling grades and consumption of alcohol and other gateway drugs. As depicted in Figure 5, the majority of individuals (n = 489) were served by universal indirect interventions. Over 400 individuals were characterized as being at risk for substance abuse (selective) and 78 individuals were those who had already demonstrated early danger signs for substance use (indicated).
Figure 6 depicts the percentage of individuals served by target zip code. The vast majority of those served reside in English Avenue (589), which is comprised of zip codes 30314 and 30318. One hundred ninety-one (191) individuals were served in Adamsville (zip code 30331). An additional 219 individuals were served in other local zip codes.
In 2016, across all programming initiatives, SSYP has made an impact. Below is a summation of this impact.
Although Street Smart Youth Project serves various communities throughout Georgia, our work is concentrated in a few of the most under- resourced area codes. Most of the communities we serve experience significant disparity in socio- economic indicators. The graphs below depict socioeconomic data for residents of zip codes served by SSYP in comparison to the state of Georgia. Residents of these geographic areas tend to have lower median incomes, larger percentages of households with incomes below the poverty level and larger proportions of households receiving food stamps.
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.”