BE The Change with Street Smart Youth Project and Sevananda!! 

Street Smart Youth Project has been selected as a 2017 Be the Change Partner with Sevananda, a local all natural vegan/vegetarian food co- op. Street Smart Youth Project will be on- site at Sevananda promoting our mission as it pertains to healthy living for our youth during the month of March. Come out and support us and local business! Learn More about the Sevananda at www.sev.coopsevananda-btc-logoholiday-drive-invite-2-new-1

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Summer Newsletter 

Street Smart Youth Project Inc. Summer Program

What is the Age Requirement for registration?
12-16 years of age.

What are the Costs?
Street Smart is a grassroots youth development non- profit, therefore the costs of programming are free of charge to youth who meet the income requirement (current TANF, Medicaid, Section 8, and/or food stamp documentation is required).
There is a $20 fee for snacks for the summer.

What are the dates and hours for summer programming?
The summer program will run for six weeks from June 13, 2016- July 22, 2016 from 1- 6pm. Youth are allowed to ‘Drop-In’ for all or some of the activities each day although attending groups is a mandatory prerequisite for active enrollment and field trip participation.

What is the program design?
Street Smart Youth Project will offer 4 weekly groups:

  1. Focus On Youth (12-13)- This weekly group will be offered for male and female youth. It is an evidenced- based curriculum designed to provide prevention and education around issues related to teen pregnancy, HIV and STD and overall risky behaviors. Groups will be facilitated by trained professionals and a peer facilitator. These groups are delivered weekly and are 45 min- 1hour.
  2. Becoming a Responsible Teen (14-16)- This weekly group will be offered for male and female youth. It is an evidenced- based curriculum designed to provide prevention and education around issues related to teen pregnancy, HIV and STD and overall risky behaviors. Groups will be facilitated by trained professionals and a peer facilitator. These groups are delivered weekly and are 45 min- 1hour.
  3. Girls Mentoring-  This weekly group will be offered to female youth. This group focuses on issues related to self- esteem, body Image, leadership skills and the importance of developing healthy eating habits and engaging in healthy relationships. These groups are generally 45 minutes.
  4. Boys Mentoring-  This weekly group will be offered to male youth. This group focuses on issues related to peer pressure, responsibility, self- esteem, and building leadership skills, while developing healthy eating and physical health practices.
  5. Botvin Life Skills Group– This weekly group will be offered to male and female youth. This group focuses on issues related to Tobacco and Substance Abuse Prevention and risky decision- making. The group will educate the youth on the dangers of Drugs and Alcohol, emphasizing coping skills for living a Drug Free Life.

Two groups will be held daily. The rest of the day will focus on physical activity (Dance, Gymnastics, Boxing, Swimming, Aerobics, Yoga, and Basketball) and cultural enrichment (Writing, Filmmaking, and Music Production and talent shows). A meal will be provided daily. Once a week, youth will go on a field trip. Only youth who have successfully participated in groups will be allowed to attend field trips.

What will I need to register my child?
All currently enrolled youth will have to bring a registration form in by Friday, June 3, 2016.  New youth (youth not already enrolled in SSYP) will have to bring in a registration form in addition to a Street Smart Youth Project enrollment form. The $20 fee should be returned along with the registration form.

Will food be served during the program?
Yes! We provide a light snack and a full meal each day.

Go to www.streetsmartyouthproject.org to register 

Street Smart Youth Project Inc.


  Summer 2016 Programs for Atlanta Youth
Street Smart
Youth Project Inc.
  • June 13, 2016- July 22, 2016
  • 1pm – 6pm, Monday through Friday
  • 612 Magnolia St NW, Atlanta, GA 30314 (located across from Vine City Park)
  • SSYP will be hosting a pop-up Drop-In Center for youth ages 12 to 16 living in zip codes 30314 & 30318. Youth are allowed to ‘Drop-In’ for all or some of the activities each day although attending groups is a mandatory prerequisite for active enrollment and Friday field trip participation.
  • Some activities offered: Focus on Youth (12-13), Becoming a Responsible Teen (14-16), Girls & Boys Mentoring, Botvin Life Skills (focus on substance abuse)
  • One-time, $20 snack fee
  • Call 770) 573-2696  Still accepting registration forms
GSU Summer Discovery STEM
  • June 6, 2016 – June 16, 2016
  • For youth in the Washington cluster elementary feeder schools, hosted at Jones Elementary School
  • Provides Inquiry based science and engineering to youth
  • Transportation is available via APS busing
  • 87 open slots
  • -Call Bejanae Kareem for more information and to register at 404-413-8020
Raising Expectations
  • June 6, 2016 – July 7, 2016
  • 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Youth in 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade
  • Free STEM camp at Hollis Innovation Camp (225 James P. Brawley Dr)
  • Activities include: Themed Weeks based on Olympics, Project based learning and hands on science, Field trips, & a robotics programs
  • Lunch & snacks provided
  • Contact 678-768-4932 for more information
Bellwood Boys & Girls Club
  • May 31, 2016 – July 29, 2016
  • 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Youth ages 6 to 18
  • Activities include: swimming, academic enrichment, & youth activities.
Truly Living Well
  • From July to August, Truly Living Well hosts 2 – two week summer camps for youth ages 6 to 12.
  • Each session is $375
  • Session I: July 5, 2016 – July 15, 2016
  • Session II: July 18, 2016 – July 29, 2016
  • The camp is from 9 am to 4:30 pm however before and after camp care is provided daily from 7:45 am until 8:45 and in the afternoon from 4:30 until 5:30. The combined fee for both of these services is $40.00 weekly. Separate service for one or the other is also possible for a fee of $25.00 a week. Extended care (am or pm) by the day is $10.00/hr and must be paid at time of service.
  • Activities partner farming with traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and nature crafts, skits, music and fun games.
  • For more information, please contact 678-973-0997 orcamp@trulylivingwell.com
STEAMsport
  • Program 2:
    • June 13, 2016 – July 22,2016  every Tuesday & Thursday from12 – 2 pm
    • Hosted at Bellwood Boys & Girls Club, Magnolia Park Apartments, & John Hope Community Center
    • Open to all youth, K – 12
    • Registration is on the 1st day of camp, unlimited spaces
  • Program 3: STEM Camp
    • July 11, 2016 – July 22, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm at John Hope Community Center
    • Open to Middle School students
    • Immerse STEM careers, FLL, Seaperch animation, coding, & a Hackathon on July 22
    • Registration is on 1st day, unlimited spaces
APS Summer School
  • June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Hosted at Jones Elementary School for Washington cluster elementary feeder schools.
  • Designed for reading, math, & youth who did not pass GA Milestones & CAS tests.
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
  • Summer Lego program provided by Morehouse College
  • Currently full, open waitlist
  • APS bus transportation
Camp Best Friends
  • Athletic Camps
    • Adams Park | Basketball Camp (ages 6–15) 404-756-1827
    • Grant Park | Soccer and Tennis Camp (ages 6 –12) 404-624-0697
    • Washington Park | Swim and Tennis Camp (ages 5–12) 404-658-1436
  • Arts Camp
  • Overnight Camp
    • Lake Allatoona | Residential Camp (ages 8–12) 404-624-0668
  • Prime Time Senior Camps (FREE)*
    • Butler Park* | Seniors Camp (ages 50 and up) 404-658-6034
    • C.A. Scott* | Seniors Camp (ages 50 and up) 404-756-1857
    • Old Adamsville* | Seniors Camp (ages 50 and up) 404-505-3142
    • *Must be City of Atlanta residents.
  • Teen Camps (FREE)*
    • Anthony Flanagan Memorial Park | Summer of Service Learning Camp (grades 9–12)
    • James Orange | Summer of Service Learning Camp (grades 9–12)
    • Perkerson Park | Summer of Service Learning Camp (grades 9–12)
    • Zaban | Summer of Service Learning Camp (grades 9–12)
    • *Must be City of Atlanta Residents. Interview required.
  • Therapeutic Camp*
    • Therapeutics Camp (ages 6–21) 404-371-5008
    • *Interview required.
West End Performing Arts Center
  • June 27, 2016 – July 15, 2016 from 9 am – 3 pm
  • Youth ages 13 to 18
  • Application requires recommendation form, resume, and 100 word typed essay
  • Cost: $50 activity fee
  • Teen Film & Video Program Participants will work collectively to create a video project while exploring “Autodesk Smoke & Final Cut Pro”, two of the leading post–_production (video editing) software suites in the world.
Atlanta CARES Mentoring Movement
  • June 6, 2016 – July 8, 2016 from 9 am – 4 pm with  before and after care available
  • Hosted at Morehouse College for youth grades 7 to 12
  • Cost: five weeks, $900, scholarships available, $50 non-refundable registration fee
  • STEM summer programming: robotics, video gaming & animation, life science, environmental science, engineering, STEM innovation & entrepreneurship, mentoring
  • register online: https://atlantacares.wufoo.com/forms/welcome-to-the-2016-stem-enrich-summer-academy/
  • OR call Brenda Coleman, 770-316-3487

 

 



EVENTS
Summer Fun Series
Mattie Freeland Park
Saturday, June 11 from 4-8pm
English Ave
Be The Change Youth Summit
Emory University
Saturday, June 11
730am-5:00pm
www.bethechangeatl.com

Street Smart Youth Project Inc.



April 2016 Newsletter


Shake It Up
By: DeMicha Luster

In the past few years, fitness is becoming an increasingly popular interest in the black community.  A large part of many fitness journeys is meal prepping. The process of meal prepping includes taking one day (many choose Sunday) and cooking/preparing meals for the whole week. Many people decide to prepare smoothies daily as one of their meals. It is common to see an oat-based shake for breakfast or a shake full of greens for dinner. It is a fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and many people support the idea that as you progress through the day, your meals should be smaller in size. Regardless of your health and fitness philosophies, shakes are awesome (especially in the summer time)! And they are a great way to get in all of your fruits and vegetables or the day! A part of the mission of SSYP is to empower our youth to make better decisions regarding health. We believe an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure!
In the summer, certain vegetables are in-season such as: Radishes, Arugula, Cucumber, Beets, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Zucchini, Garlic, Corn, & Rhubarb. There are also in-season fruits: Apricots, Plums, Cherries, Blackberries, Nectarines, Strawberries, Peaches, Tomatoes, Passion Fruit, Melon, Lemon, & Limes. You can blend any fruit and vegetable to make a tasty snack or meal replacment. Here are a few of my favorite summertime shakes:

Purple Reign

The smoothie is the ultimate combo of Mangoes and blueberries! Mangoes and blue berries are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants. To make this smoothie blend:

 

  • 2 cups of greens (such as kale, mixed greens, or spinach)
  • 2 cups of water (1 cup can be substituted with coconut water, chilled herbal tea, or any pure juice)

*Blending after adding these two ingredients produces a super smooth shake*

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of mango

Berry Lit

This shake is an overload of berries! Berries are immune-boosting superfoods full of vitamin C and fiber. They are also linked to weight loss, cancer prevention, and have been linked to heart health & cancer prevention.

  • 2 cups of greens (such as kale, mixed greens, or spinach)
  • 2 cups of water or milk (1 cup of water can be substituted with coconut water, chilled herbal tea, or any pure juice)

*Blending after adding these two ingredients produces a super smooth shake*

  • 2 cups of mixed berries
  • OR 1 cup of berries and 1 banana

If you aren’t comfortable blending smoothies for yourself, try picking up a “Naked” at your local grocery store or even checking out a local business such as Arden’s Garden. Blending is not the only on-the-go way to make sure we are getting all of our nutrients while staying cool as it starts to warm up. There is also juicing, which involves putting all of your fruits and vegetables into a machine that extracts the nutrient-filled liquid out of each fruit and vegetable. These can also be purchased in stores and locally. If you are an avid D-I-Yer like me, a simple Google search will provide you will millions of websites to explore. I like to use Pinterest for new ideas when it comes to drinks and food. Pinterest allows people to “pin” all of the Google search results they would like to try or have tried so that they are easy to come back to.
As the weather starts to warm up, remember it is easy to stay healthy, hydrated, & cool!



#DOINME #BLACKOUTDRUGS
Tamica Moon, MPH, CP

 IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN…OUR ANNUAL TEEN DRY PARTY!! We will host our 5th annual dry party on April 30th at House of Blended Ink from 8:00pm-12:00am. Come dressed in all black as we celebrate the theme #BLACKOUT. Why blackout you may ask? Well, our youth council decided the best way to promote the prevention of substance use among our youth and young adults is to black it out of their lives, hence the theme blackout. They are blacking out Alcohol, Tobacco, Weed and other drugs to live a life free of any substances, #DoinMe. Accepting and sustaining this mindset can be difficult in an environment that promotes alcohol in cotton candy flavors, displays images of intriguing people having a great time smoking a black and mild and music that encourages the use of drugs. At Street Smart, we make it our mission to provide youth and young adults of Atlanta with fun alternative activities such as the #BLACKOUT party. We are working hard to reduce underage drinking through environmental strategies such as restricting the placement of single sever beers and reducing the number of food marts and gas stations that sell alcohol. Our main goal under the Alcohol Prevention Program is to reduce access to alcohol and binge drinking among youth and young adults.

#BLACKOUT will be the party of the year. We have a great party planned with special performances from Team Twin and other artists, as well as a VIP on fleek for the first 25 that RSVP to info@streetsmartyouthproject.org. We cannot forgot the awesome food and the super fancy candy bar! The best things about this party are it’s FREE and Drug Free.

We are coming to a school near you to promote this theme. Look for us at Washington, Douglass, Mays, Maynard and others in the upcoming weeks. We will take over during lunch with activities with the fatal vision goggles including other drugs, games to win some prizes and a drug free pledge we are asking students to sign.

Last year we reached over 100 youth who ‘Turned Up’ and said ‘Nah’ to drugs. This year we have collaborated with several organizations to extend our reach to 200 teens and promote the mission of substance use prevention! We invite you all to support this event, please visit our website for more details. Please spread the word and join us in the big event!

We would like to say THANK YOU to the following partnering organizations:
Learn to Grow
Atlanta Police Foundation
Project STOP
Youth Enhancement Services
Future Foundation

 

 



Let’s Talk About It

Guest Contributor:
Jason B. Allen


Let’s talk about it . . . sex, self actualization and the need for acceptance. Decades later, TLC’s “Waterfalls” still has us asking the question, why are so many people still chasing waterfalls? The issues addressed in the video mirror the samecomplex realities we’re facing in 2016 in regards to gang violence, poverty, youth violence, the drug war, HIV/AIDS, the importance of safe sex and most importantly self actualization. If you make poor choices, you are at risk of these things. If those you’re connect to make poor choice, you are at risk of these things. We have to stop making Gang Violence a Black & Brown thing, poverty a people of color thing, youth violence a lost generation thing, the drug war a thug thing and HIV/AIDS a gay thing. These are a real life dynamics happening to us all.

See the message “Waterfalls” presents here. . .

So let’s talk about it… let’s talk about sex. If you go into a middle or high school anywhere across the Nation, our youth will let you know, everyone is talking about and everyone is doing it. Sounds like youth of the 2000’s, 90’s. 80’s, 70’s, 60’s… since this is a reality, why aren’t we talking about it more? We don’t want it discussed in school’s because parents “don’t want their children” exposed to it, but they are exposed to it and the risks of teen pregnancy, RAPE, molestation, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseasesdaily. We as responsible adults are not talking about it but the world is encouraging them to  do and live it daily. Churches don’t talk about it. Recreation Centers & Youth Programs don’t talk about it. There are very few organizations dedicated to doing the work of educating our youth on making better decisions for their bodies. Here are some facts we all need to know! We can no longer turn the other cheek to this issue: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html


Believe in yourself . . . it is so important that we reach self actualization. The sense of belonging, acceptance and fulfillment of living your hopes and dreams is critically important to our well being. Yet, our society seems to places pressures in our way to prevent us from being our best selves! In fact, societal pressures, as displayed in “Waterfalls”, influence us to make decisions to be accepted, to feel good about who we are. In fact, that feeling should start with us. It should be reinforced at home, at school, throughout our communities…yet we rely on the media, the system, the major companies that make billions in the health & wellness, beauty, and reconstruction to tell us how we should live, how we should look and what we should have in order to be “accepted!”

Motivate others to . . .

  • be accepting of who they are
  • to make better choices in regards to what they expose their mind, body & spirit to 
  • get tested! 
  • live according to your purpose and not the propaganda society feeds us 

The best way to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is to educate and empower everyone to make better, healthier life changing decisions.

More of Jason’s work can be found at :
http://professorjballen.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

SSYP’s 4th Annual Rally for Prevention and Recovery Video is HERE! 

Click HERE to view!

ssyp logoGeorgia Gives Day

Founded in 2003 as a community drop-in center and redeveloped in 2008, Street Smart Youth Project is a community-based 501(c)(3) offering a wide range of programming including young adult education, mentoring, community outreach and evidenced-based prevention curricula for youth and young adults ages 10- 24.

Our Mission

Our mission is to actively engage minority youth and young adults in structured, community-based programs in order to involve, prepare and empower them for growth and healthy living as adults. We emphasize prevention regarding delinquency, substance abuse and HIV. Street Smart Youth Project serves targeted communities where youth are underserved and have too few resources. Programming is designed to help youth transition to healthy adulthood through exposure to alternatives to at-risk behaviors.

 

Street Smart Youth Project Inc.

PO Box 92451

Atlanta GA 30314

Phone: 770.573.2696

http://www.streetsmartyouthproject.org

Email: info@streetsmartyouthproject.org

 

Please help Street Smart Youth Project continue our mission by donating today. Our mission is to actively engage minority youth in structured, community-based programs in order to involve, prepare and empower them for growth and healthy living as adults, with an emphasis on prevention regarding delinquency, substance abuse, and HIV.

 

Street Smart offers opportunities that allow our participants to Transform, Transcend, and Take Flight.

 

This year, our goal is quite hefty. Our greatly valued van has run its course but not without a great deal of use. In the last three years since it was donated, the van has been our trusted youth development vehicle that has taken our youth to various cultural and recreational activities all over the Southeast, and has served as a practice vehicle for youth to attain their drivers’ licenses! Additionally, our van is most often used as an outreach vehicle that has distributed thousands of condoms and hygiene items to community members. Sadly, after our last college tour, our van is now out of commission. We ask for your help to continue our efforts to enrich the lives of under-resourced youth and communities.

Click here to donate

 

 

Street Smart Youth Project Inc.



October 2015 Newsletter


Community Development- Pitching In or Poaching?
By Monique Terrell, PsyD

http://comps.canstockphoto.com/can-stock-photo_csp11805651.jpgWhen I first arrived at 522 English Avenue in 2008, I was a bit taken aback by the environmental landscape. As a native New Yorker, I have seen things.  From the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn to Hollis, Queens, I have been familiarized with the terms ‘urban’, ‘inner- city’, ‘hood’.  But English Avenue was a bit different from my experiences; the dilapidated houses, the sense of hopelessness, addiction and disempowerment was palpable. I initially was preoccupied by thoughts of how I could be in some way a source of light in a community that appeared to be dim. I now know, this was my perception as an outsider looking in, much like a missionary who first arrives in Africa and wants to save the children. Are there great issues in the English Avenue community? For sure. Many are rooted in cyclical dysfunctions which manifest from substance abuse, poverty, early parenthood and academic interruptions. But there are also stories that do not get told. The foundation of a rich community which was once occupied by intact families who were engaged in cycles of breaking down barriers, achieving educational goals and keeping their children close.

I was determined. To fix things. I’d create bigger and better programming for these youth who just needed access to love and guidance. To opportunity. If it were only that easy. Systematic disenfranchisement with society at large and a lack of access to equitable opportunities is much bigger than one program. Or one person. Or many programs or many people for that matter. Oftentimes, the people who want to help the most are not equipped. Because of a similar parallel process. Smaller programs and overwhelmed communities often combine to create great attempts which fall short of ‘meaningful’ impact.  You know…..that type of impact that attracts the resources attached to sustainable growth.  So this leaves a space. For bigger programs and entities to come in and save the people. Not unlike missionaries who first arrive in Africa. To save the community who cannot save itself.

Community development is not an easy task to master. Through my own mistakes, I have learned that it is as much about identifying and focusing on the strengths of a community versus constantly reporting on its weaknesses. The weaknesses are known. They have been studied, identified and assessed. So when entities come to develop a community that has is suffering from ‘study fatigue’, especially when the help is associated with money, assets and resources that the community members themselves do not have access to, the question of intention comes in play. Throughout all of the complicated dynamics that have come to exist in this process of community development, I am still hopeful that there can be more pitching in to strengthen assets rather than poaching off of a community that has the gift and curse of location.



Habits
By Tamica Moon, MPH, CP

We walked in the classroom of energized young adults thinking this is going to be a great education session. As the facilitator started the discussion on roles the students played in their family as a child and as an adult, I couldn’t help but notice two students missing from class. I brushed it off and said they just stepped out to stretch their legs from a full day of educational enrichment. The students began to call out rules they had as a child; chores, no company after 10pm and others said they were free to make their own rules! Just as the word free entered into the atmosphere, the two missing students walked in 15 minutes late smelling like a mist of ‘oooeeee’ as Martin Lawrence called it in Runteldat. With no shame or courtesy for being late, they took their seats as if everything was normal.

This is not the first time I’ve witnessed such disregard for a workshop or an internship which makes me wonder has smoking marijuana become such an integral part of our lives that we are willing to risk it all? From a plant growing in the tropical lands to a million dollar business, marijuana is here to stay but at what cost? Yes there are powerful stories of how it has helped families with children that suffer from seizures gain a sense of normalcy, but all stories of marijuana do not have a happy ending. Possession will put a person in jail for several years, being robbed or setting up shop on the wrong corner…….. now that comes with different type of consequence.  As youth developers, we have to try and help our youth gain a sense of independence, autonomy, respect and responsibility. While we want to empower them with the tools to make their own choices, knowing the potential consequences, we also want them to understand the pitfalls that acquiring a habit that interferes with ones’ ability to function can have. Coming to a program, work, or school high, is a sign that you have a habit that is interfering with functioning. The term ‘recreational’ use should be reserved for behaviors that do not interfere with daily functioning. Any overly consumed substance, whether it be alcohol, food or pills, can negatively impact our ability to be healthy and successful.

At the end of the day, we all have choices. Those students had a choice to come to class sober or high; they choose the latter. Oftentimes that behavior is normalized in their communities, their homes, in songs they jam to and in the movies they enjoy. It’s hard to be different in a society that promotes and sanctions behaviors that jeopardize important functional responsibilities like getting an education, staying employed and dealing with the reality of life without the crutch of a maladaptive coping mechanism. It’s hard to be different in a group of close friends for that matter.
We all know daily smoking can lead to a habit which is hard to break or addiction which is even harder! However, there comes a point in our lives (hopefully) when we recognize we have to sacrifice some behaviors in order to obtain a healthy life, a great career, a prosperous life. Now some people can wake up one morning and decide to quit cold turkey while others need daily support. And there is nothing wrong with seeking help! We all need help at some point in our lives, we just have to ask and be prepared to make the necessary changes. My hope for those two students would be to realize the difference between a functional behaviors and a dysfunctional one. That realization alone would help them realize the negative affect daily marijuana use can have on reaching their life goals.



Street Smart Youth Project’s 7th Annual Youth Retreat
By Jayson Smith

It’s that time of year again where we gear up to take our youth on an excursion outside of their normal surroundings. During this retreat, we will involve them in activities and enrichment that challenge them to think critically in an environment that is conducive to growth, understanding and self-awareness. This year our 4 day retreat will have our youth partake in our newest evidence based curriculum, appropriately titled “Life Skills”. This curriculum focuses on equipping youth with the necessary tools to make healthy decisions that positively affect them physically and mentally. Life Skills helps to make connections between what they do in their daily life from foods they eat, risks they take and media they partake in; to their physical and mental health. This is especially important because in the communities our youth come from, physical and mental health issues are very prevalent. In some cases, preventable with the right knowledge. Equipping our youth with the tools to identify unhealthy practices early as preventative measure, will in essence, decrease the need for health interventions once they become adults. Each year, we have a retreat ‘theme’ which sets the tone for the trip’s intention. Last year, our theme was Nguzo Saba, which celebrates the seven principles of Kwaanza. This year, our retreat theme will be getting to the Mind/Body/Spirit connection. We will be hosting activities that will identify ways in which our youth can keep their mind/body/spirit nourished.

Of course it will not be all work and no play. Exposure is the key element to this and every previous year’s retreat. At Street Smart, we firmly believe that once our youth are out of their normal environment free of all the stressors of their home and neighborhood life, they will flourish. With 6 retreats under our belt, we have not been proven wrong yet. Keeping in Street Smart tradition this year’s second co-ed retreat will also feature activities that stress the importance of interpersonal communication, leadership and goal setting. With many of these activities coordinated by our Youth Advisory Board.

This annual retreat is a favorite among all Street Smart members. Each year the office is contacted regarding participating in the retreat. The youth look forward to the trip and all it brings. From the enrichment, the games, accommodations, the comradery and just the general good time that is had. For some, it is their yearly vacation. As an organization we are proud to be able to serve the youth as we do. Providing an outlet outside of the city where the youth can simply RELAX.

 



EVENTS
Georgia Gives Day: GA Give’s Day is November 12, 2015! Please help us raise money for the purchase of a new van! Check us out athttps://www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/streetsmartyouthproject
Youth Retreat: Our annual youth retreat is taking place November 21st-24th! We need your help to continue this transformational programming! Check out photos and videos from previous years atwww.streetsmartyouthproject.org
Test and Treat at Adamsville Recreation Center: October 31st