For Our Kids

ForeverfamilyIn the metro Atlanta area, Foreverfamily has several programs designed to nurture our children socially, emotionally, and educationally in an enriching environment.

The Children’s Program consists of three components:

  • Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ)
  • Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP)
  • NPU-V Shared Vision

Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ)

The Foreverfamily YEZ Program provides an opportunity for school aged youth to identify issues within their communities. This allows them to work collaboratively with their peers, identifying specific issues, and implementing community service projects that respond to the issue(s).

YEZ focuses on developing public speaking skills, leadership, project management, teamwork, and problem solving.

When:

Fall semester during the academic year

Goals:

Our Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ) provides an opportunity for school aged youth, grades 1-12, to identify issues in their communities. Working collaboratively with their peers, they are tasked with selecting 1-3 specific issues and planning, implementing and participating in community service projects that respond to the issue(s).

Description:
YEZ Summit 2016

YEZ 2016 Summit Flyer

A 10-member design team, consisting of Foreverfamily program participants, participate in recruiting youth in the community by visiting schools and youth organizations. The design team will participate in an overnight leadership intensive. YEZ will focus on developing public speaking skills, leadership, project management, teamwork, and problem solving through guest speakers, icebreakers, and supplemental workshops.

Our program will allow participants to get to know their community better, understand its challenges, and organize activities that will get a large number of youth involved.

Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP)

YEP seeks to improve the economic base of children of incarcerated parents by introducing them to the field of entrepreneurship. 5-10 young people between the ages of 16-28 are selected through a competitive process to work closely with professional mentors, identifying and developing a business idea. After working with a marketing team, they will have the opportunity to present their business ideas before the National Board of Directors at the annual board retreat.

NPU-V Shared Vision

Together, with two community youth leaders and three major youth serving organizations, participants will have the opportunity to develop a shared vision and agenda for youth leadership and engagement. This will take place in the six neighborhoods that make up Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V). Youth come to Foreverfamily’s Program site for professional development sessions, facilitated by Foreverfamily staff, and take field trips that inform them of their community’s history.