Project Y.E.L.L. focuses on education, school dropout prevention, and transitioning
young person’s 18 - 24 back into The Community post incarceration. We partner with Southwest Youth and Family Services to provide therapeutic care and Aggression Replacement Training (ART). Together we also provide behavioral health classes such as behavior modification. We partner with Guiding Academic Motivation Excellence (G.A.M.E.) – This Non-Profit teaches classes on basic skills that are missing for our youth such as personal finance and banking, goal setting, personal power, and accountability. We partner with school administrators and faculty, local entrepreneurs, businesses, and other community partners based on individual/group needs assessments.
Supporting youth and adults ages 18-24 through health and fitness education and mental-wellness services. Together we employ public health approaches such as individual/family therapy services, health and fitness
education classes, tutoring classes, secondary education planning, development of a personal wellness plan, and/or participation in our health and fitness organized activities.
African American Family Gatherings
(AAFG) is a grassroots community-led program supported by AALF volunteer sweat equity for families and persons 13 to 24, in The Community. Our key systems navigation focus is in education where we advocate, promote, and create awareness implementing community development models. AAFG has been active since 2012, providing quarterly events for families with African American students from the Seattle area, particularly South Seattle. Many African American students have parents, guardians, and supportive adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Participants include families with children in Pre-K, K-12, public, and private schools attend, as well as teachers, counselors, district leadership, and other professionals who support and work wit African American children. The purpose of the work is to amplify the African American voice of families and to advocate for the needs of their students, make macro-level efforts transparent to local schools and families, addresses the student’s educational barriers, network with
community, and provide skills training by experts from the African American community, and useful tools that help improve African American student outcomes and experiences in the education system.
A social justice and arts program designed to teach teens, ages 13 to 19, how to navigate the education and criminal legal systems. Specifically, promising practices like social justice frameworks are employed to help youth think critically about social justice issues affecting them and their community while providing a platform for creative expression that stimulates community dialogue and promotes arts-based skills for success in school and beyond. Artistic instruction is used as a foundation for change and problem solving along with job shadowing and technology skills. Disrupting the school to prison pipeline via youth education and awareness is one of the outcomes of this work. Employing an arts-based approach to social justice and change to establish a foundation for action within the black community is our strategy. Potential student leaders are identified and are provided with knowledge and confidence regarding the school to prison pipeline.
Student Athlete Preparation
Supporting youth ages 14-19, in navigating the education and health systems using public health approaches, mediation, and undoing racism practices. We spend 8 hours a week with a triad of students, mentors and counselors. Student success is the hallmark of the program as measured by high school completion, college admission, healthy outcomes, evidence of reconciliation, resilience, and
positive adult relationships. Our implementation has three phases. The first is the learning context which includes improving self-confidence in academics and sports, academic support, college enrollment, and community service. The second is procedure which includes academic guidance, physical fitness training, NCAA clearance and recruitment, and mentorship. The third is differentiated instruction, with its focus on visual learners, auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, ESL students, vulnerable students and advanced learners. We utilize computers, guest speakers, instructional materials, SAT books/packets, study hall, and NCAA website materials. Our youth utilize the gym, library and weight room. We prepare students for their college campus visitations. The measures of success are our college enrollment rates,
graduation rates, and scholarship dollars earned.