YOUTH EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Training and mentoring youth in development of critical thinking skills to help them determine truth and make healthy decisions concerning every day real-life issues. Youth develop their innate gifts and abilities through relevant service opportunities and learn to impact their world through safe, fun, drug and alcohol free, social and recreational engagement of their peers.
• COMMUNITY SERVICE Youth fulfill court mandated and/or volunteer community service hours under supervision. GYFF’s mentors help participants discern and make positive life changing decisions and to develop sound moral character.
• IMPRESSIONS OF GRACE Youth learn to impact their culture through positive messaging utilizing principles of free enterprise to market imprinted products and other services to their peers and community.
• THE NET OUTREACH Youth develop entrepreneurial skills through hands-on operation of a four- story youth and community center that includes a restaurant called “The Net Café”.
• URBAN MISSIONS TRAINING Youth and adults participate in service learning opportunities to gain practical experience through hands-on application of their gifts and abilities in service to youth and families in our local community. Local missions and service opportunities exist for individual youth, adults, families, and youth/adult groups from churches and organizations. Opportunities include service days, service weekends, and week-long periods to complete physical work projects, support ongoing outreach programs and to obtain relevant training in how to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Meets needs of individuals, families and organizations through direct intervention. Supports collaboration of new and existing efforts with leadership, development and infrastructure.
• BESOR BROOK provides emergency shelter, physical resources and coordination of supports to homeless youth who are identified in public schools and throughout our community.
• CARING CASES provides emergency resources to victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
• CHILDREN’S SUMMER FOOD SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES PROGRAM provides nutritious meals and safe, fun, recreational and educational activities for children in multiple public locations during the summer months.
• HOMELESS RESOURCES provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and case management of needed resources to the homeless with an emphasis on youth/families and veterans.
YOUTH AND FAMILY COUNSELING
Cognitive behavioral therapy from a biblical foundation intended to help individuals cultivate and maintain healthy relationships and contend with struggles that arise from them. Counseling sessions must be scheduled in advance and are private pay only. (not billed to insurance) Issues addressed and coordinated services include:
• anxiety and depression
• crisis intervention
• financial literacy and development of personal financial and estate plans
• drug and alcohol use, abuse and addiction
• management of anger and other destructive behaviors
• marriage and family relationships
• Spiritual growth and development
• Drug and Alcohol Testing provides single or perpetual urinalysis, hair, breathalyzer and
comprehensive lab testing for minors and adults. Testing is monitored by same gender appropriate staff and written certification of results are provided to both the individual and authorized third parties. Testing is scheduled in advance and is private pay. Testing may be scheduled by individuals, parents, employers, schools and other nonprofit organizations.
UNDERAGE ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Comprehensive reoccurring multi-week prevention education programming offered to youth and young adults who receive citations and/or other disciplinary actions for their consumption, possession, purchase, sale-distribution, transportation, brewing/manufacturing of alcohol and other drugs. Written confirmation of successful program completion is provided to each participant’s referring authority.
Successful completion of the program requires:
• timely sober attendance to four three-hour classes over a consecutive four week period
• attendance by parent or legal guardian to first class
• completion of program drug and alcohol knowledge pre-test
• active participation in all four classes and active learning exercises
• completion of a two-page topic specific essay submitted at the third class
• completion of a one-page topic specific essay submitted at the fourth class
• successful passing of program drug and alcohol knowledge post-test at final class
*** Currently renovating a two-story 14,000-square foot building into a total health training center that utilizes a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual health.
35 low cost permit parking spots available for lease with all proceeds directly funding GYFF programming.