Project HarambeeProject Harambee (which means "pulling together") is a prevention afterschool program for children and youth, ages 8-14. The program offers multi-services to youth and their families that address delinquency prevention, stress management, violence prevention, alcohol and drug prevention and includes tutoring, stress management, wellness, nutrition, exercises, art classes and field trips. The program operates from 2:30pm-6:30pm during the months of September-June and 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. during the summer months.
RITES OF PASSAGEThe "Rites of Passage" (adapted from African culture) is a significant component of Project Harambee. The program provides youth with a sequence of educational training sessions that enable them to make the journey from childhood to adulthood. The facilitators of the sessions are mature, culturally-sensitive adults with experience in youth development. The participants receive training on the following topics:
The Rites of Passage Program provides information on the following:
Upon completion of the Rites of Passage Program, a Completion Ceremony is held to symbolize the youth's accomplishments.
COUNSELING SERVICESGroup and/or one-to-one counseling is offered to students and their families. This service provides families with an opportunity to interact with trained and experienced personnel.
HOME VISITSRegular visits are conducted by staff to the homes of Project Harambee participants. When necessary, youth and/or families are provided with appropriate referrals.
OUTREACH SERVICESThis is a follow-up to the home visit process. The project director meets with the parents to discuss certain issues as they relate to a specific child. When necessary, families and/or youth are provided with appropriate referrals.
FAMILY INVOLVEMENTThe project conducts workshops for Harambee families which are designed to strengthen and stabilize their lives. Workshop topics include: parenting skills, violence prevention skills, home management, stress management, alcohol and drug education and cultural awareness.