Youth Advocacy Program this Friday!

On Friday, October 6th from 2:15pm-3:15pm we will hold our Youth Advocacy Program Group Mentor Meet-Up along with Project STAND at Carver High School (1591 Pennsylvania Avenue)!  All attending Project MI members must have completed Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) Orientation & Training.  If you did not attend the YAP Orientation & Training in person, but would like to attend any of our group mentoring sessions at Carver, please do the following:

  1. Watch the YAP Orientation & Training Videos here (Parts 1-7).
  2. Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com indicating what sessions you plan to attend (see below)  and swearing that you completed the above YAP Orientation & Training VideosPart 1-7; and
  3. Complete this Shelby County School Volunteer Application/Screening Form and bring it with you to the event, or email to pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Group Mentoring Session Dates:

October 6, 2:15-3:15pm

October 27, 2:15-3:15pm

November 16, 10-2:30pm (“Man Up” Conference at Carver)

November 17, 2:15-3:15pm

November 30, 2:15-3:15pm

As reflected in the YAP orientation video, it is not necessary that group mentors attend each and every session.  However, our youth should see familiar faces in the sessions so we ask that our group mentors commit to at least three of the scheduled sessions.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your continued interest in and dedication to our youth!

Working with Opportunity Youth

Watch Project MI Youth Advocacy Program Co-Coordinator Jaques Hamilton talk about working with opportunity youth and how mentors changed his perspective as a youth!

If you missed our Youth Advocacy Program Training in full, but want to serve as a group mentor in our Program, click here to find out how!

Youth Advocacy Program on Friday!

On Friday, September 29th from 2:15pm-3:15pm we will hold our Youth Advocacy Program Networking Meet & Greet along with Project STAND at Carver High School (1591 Pennsylvania Avenue)!  All attending Project MI members must have completed Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) Orientation & Training.  If you did not attend the YAP Orientation & Training in person, but would like to attend any of our group mentoring sessions at Carver, please do the following:

  1. Watch the YAP Orientation & Training Videos here (Parts 1-7).
  2. Email pjmimemphis@gmail.com indicating what sessions you plan to attend (see below)  and swearing that you completed the above YAP Orientation & Training Parts 1-7; and
  3. Complete this Shelby County School Volunteer Application/Screening Form and bring it with you to the event, or email to pjmimemphis@gmail.com.

Group Mentoring Session Dates:

September 29, 2:15-3:15pm

October 6, 2:15-3:15pm

October 27, 2:15-3:15pm

November 16, 10-2:30pm (“Man Up” Conference at Carver)

November 17, 2:15-3:15pm

November 30, 2:15-3:15pm

As noted on the YAP Orientation Video, Group Mentoring (Part 4), it is not necessary that group mentors attend each and every session.  However, youth should see familiar faces in the sessions so we ask that group mentors commit to at least three of the scheduled sessions.

Please email pjmimemphis@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your continued interest in and dedication to our youth!

 

Youth Advocacy Program Orientation & Training Tonight at 6pm

Those interested in participating in our “Free MI Kids” Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) should plan to attend tonight’s Justice League Training on Monday, September 18, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Public Library (3030 Poplar Ave) at 6pm where members will be prepared for time with Project STAND students at G.W. Carver High School. All potential group mentors, discussion leaders, and other participants should attend.

The goal of the YAP Training Session is to prepare MI members for group interaction with youth aged 16-18 who have had contact with the justice system. After orientation, training will cover the following topics: how to be a good mentor and engaging opportunity youth.

YAP’s goal is to resource and mentor Carver opportunity youth in a way that recognizes individual youth potential, while providing tools to become better self-advocates. We will also assist youth in goal setting, developing positive self-identity, and communicating social priorities to policy makers. Through our discussions and activities, we additionally aim to gather youth perspectives on education, the youth justice system, and social progress.

Carver High School Partnership

Project MI is excited to announce that our Youth Advocacy Committee will be working in partnership with Carver Alternative High School this Fall! If you are interested in mentoring, or providing instruction or other resources to our students, please drop your name and information in the comments or email pjmimemphis@gmail.com. Each of our students have had contact with the Shelby County juvenile justice court–some of them with pending cases–our goal is to resource and support our students in ways that help avoid future contact with the criminal justice system.
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We will serve 26-30 young men and are most interested in providing instruction, mentorship and discussions in the following areas: leadership, justice system, advocacy/self-advocacy, public speaking, social responsibility, financial and economic literacy, democracy/activism, and self governance. Our subject areas are flexible but will largely be guided by student input and need.
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We are also researching possibilities for community projects (no clean-up please) and student workshops–please drop a comment with any suggestions.
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Thanks to my Youth Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Jaques Hamilton, for making the Carver partnership happen! With your support, we CAN assist our young men in becoming leaders of the future!
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