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Toolkit for Urban and Inner City Youth Mentoring. The resources you need to make an impact. Presented by Toni E. Washington “Inner City Guru”. Agenda. Developing a successful youth program isn’t like building a shed in your back yard. This is major construction.

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toolkit for urban and inner city youth mentoring

Toolkit for Urban and Inner City Youth Mentoring

The resources you need to make an impact

Presented by

Toni E. Washington

“Inner City Guru”

agenda
Agenda

Developing a successful youth program isn’t like building a shed in your back yard. This is major construction.

  • Phase 1 of Development: Engaging Youth
  • Phase 2 of Development: Engaging Parents
the design process
The Design Process
  • Survey the neighborhood
  • Review local demographics
  • Familiarize yourself with existing programs and services
    • Reach out to them. They will be important for your recruitment process.
the construction process
The Construction Process
  • Identify “disconnected” and at-risk youth in your target age range.
  • Connect them to positive mentoring opportunities.
  • Re-evaluate their education opportunities.
  • Create safe places for them to hang out and safe activities for them to engage in.
  • Develop youth employment opportunities.
  • Implement career and college planning initiatives.
preparing for construction
Preparing for Construction
  • Develop marketing materials
  • Saturate the community
  • Talk to everyone!
  • Hold a “coming out” party
  • Develop and deploy an outreach team.
    • Use familiar faces in the neighborhood to help with initial outreach
  • Focus on youth first
laying the foundation
Laying the Foundation
  • “It’s Their Space, Their World”
  • Know their world!
    • What is their day-to-day life like?
      • Don’t make assumptions.
  • Who and what attracts them?
  • Speak their language
  • Break down barriers
laying the foundation1
Laying the Foundation

PAUSE FOR AN ARTISTIC SELECTION

laying the foundation2
Laying the Foundation
  • Be genuine!
    • This isn’t a job. It should be a PASSION.
    • Be REAL.
    • Possess the 4 Cs:
      • Care
      • Concern
      • Control
      • Commitment
  • And wear your hard hat – sometimes things get a bit rough.
construction signs
Construction Signs

Letting people know what’s going on.

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Construction Signs
  • Banners, Fliers, Posters
construction signs2
Construction Signs
  • T-shirts – make sure they are creative and colorful
construction signs3
Construction Signs
  • Outreach Mobile – The City Teenz car
construction signs4
Construction Signs
  • Vehicle Wrap
structures
Structures

What to Build and How to Build It

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Structures
  • Safe Events
structures2
Structures
  • Athletic Programs
structures3
Structures
  • New Opportunities
    • College Tours
    • Out of Town Trips
    • Local Field Trips
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Structures
  • Youth Hang-Out or Safe Zones
construction hazards
Construction Hazards
  • Watch out for these obstacles during the process:
    • Lack of parental involvement
    • Lack of trust
    • Broken Promise Syndrome
    • Old School vs. New School
    • Accountability
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Laying the Foundation
  • Focus on the youth first. But long-term success will depend on parent involvement.
  • Parents will need to be recruited with incentives and events.
  • As with the youth, you will need to attract their attention and then develop a real relationship with them.
safety rules
Safety Rules
  • Understand the family dynamics.
  • Know who the family leaders are.
  • Be genuine and honest.
  • Don’t judge or lecture.
  • Don’t interfere with the parent-child relationship.
  • ALWAYS have an open ear to listen and help in any way you can.
  • Remember that helping the parents helps the children.
    • Give them tools.
    • Help connect them to resources.
  • When you commit, follow through in a timely manner.
structure
Structure
  • Parent “PEP” Squad: Partner, Educate, Prevent
    • Organize and name neighborhood and community parents to crusade the zone, door by door, street by street.
    • Partner with all organization within a 5 mile radius to include: Neighborhood Associations, Neighborhood Watch Organizations, Churches, Daycares, Non-Profits, Food Banks, Shelters, Businesses, Youth and Afterschool Programs.
    • Educate the entire community about workshops, special events, rallies, neighborhood
    • Prevent crime, vandalism, truancy, abuse and neglect
following up
Following Up

Toni Washington

tws@myrulesmyreality.com

www.myrulesmyreality.com

1-321-226-8556

@myrulesmyreality

@innercity_guru

My Rules My Reality, Inc.

Toni E. Washington

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