Transforming lives and futures of youth at Yerba Buena & Overfelt High Schools.
Bright Future reduces high school dropout rates of disadvantaged youth by focusing on the core internal and external issues that hold them back from academic and personal success. The service delivery team is comprised of paid staff, community volunteers, adult mentors, and youth peer mentors. The program’s approach is based on a highly effective Youth at Risk Community-Mentoring intervention model which requires annual training and a rigorous certification process.
The model integrates six program components designed to build youth’s assets and gives them opportunities to use their newfound knowledge and skills to help other youth overcome similar challenges. Through life skills workshops, mentoring, coaching and positive caring relationships, Bright Future assists youth develop the internal motivation to embrace positive change for themselves, not because others have told them they need to change.
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Working in partnership with San José BEST, Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF), County of Santa Clara Probation Department, ConXión offers a number of programs designed to provide youth with the structure and support they need to avoid continued or future delinquent behavior. Per Title II of the JJDPA, these are programs for positive youth development that assist delinquent and other at-risk youth in obtaining:
(1) a sense of safety and structure;
(2) a sense of belonging and membership;
(3) a sense of self-worth and social contribution;
(4) a sense of independence and control over one’s life; and
(5) a sense of closeness in interpersonal relationships.
These programs include:
• Violence Reduction Program, Pro-Social Activities Providing probation youth with activities that engage positive behavior which distracts from negative situations and outcomes.
• Youth Employment Service (YES) Provides high-risk and gang impacted youth ages 14-24 with work readiness workshops, ServSafe Certification, and employment placement assistance.
• Mentorship A mentor is a special kind of person who works with youth in a positive,
constructive way so that both mentor and mentee have the potential to grow through the
relationship. Youth are matched with a caring adult for a minimum period of one year.
El Joven Noble is a character development and wellness program intended for young men
to learn the ability to act in a responsible and respectful way. The central theme of the
program is character development through “Palabra”–young men learn to honor their word in
preparation toward becoming an adult. The curriculum also includes a peer health education
model focused on preventing substance abuse, violence and unwanted pregnancy. The curriculum is culturally competent and draws from Latino and Native American cultural values and practices, which include drumming, poetry and traditional healing techniques to teach young men about how to better understand their bodies and emotions as they progress toward manhood. Each session of “El Joven Noble” is facilitated by at least one Latino male adult mentor. The program is delivered in ten (10) sessions that range from sixty minutes to two hours in length. The full program ends in a celebration where young men are acknowledged in an appropriate way for their commitment to themselves and the completion of the program.
Digital Media Literacy specifically applies to media from the internet, smartphones, video games, and other nontraditional sources. Just as this skill includes the ability to identify media and its messages, and create media responsibly; Digital Media Literacy includes both nuts-and-bolts skills as well as ethical obligations.
Participants learn through a series of hands-on, interactive modules designed to give youth the opportunity to learn technical computer skills in the context of life skills.