“Since being at AFG I’ve accomplished more than I ever imagined. I’m now a college student and I never would’ve considered college if it wasn’t for AFG. I’ve learned that regardless of my family not being there for me, there’s still people out there willing to help me. People who actually love me and want the best for me.”
– Miquel, AFG Peer Educator and future criminal psychologist
- This year, 100% of the young women in all three of our programs who were eligible to graduate from high school not only graduated, but are going to pursue higher education in the fall.
- For the 13th year in a row, 99% of the young women in AFG’s Prevention Program old enough to graduate from high school not only graduated, but went on to college.
- Over the past 25 years, we have served more than 105,000 at-risk girls, women, and family members
- Over the past 25 years, we have provided 112,294 nights of care to homeless young women and their children
- Last year, 94% (127 of 135) of girls and young women participating in our after-school workshops remained drug-free.
- Last year, AFG provided 344.5 hours of case planning services to the young women and women in our Outreach program. 73% of case planning participants completed or made significant progress on one or more self-defined goals, such as finding safe and stable housing, completing substance abuse treatment, and eliminating gang involvement.
I was in foster care until I was five. My mom got my back, but then we struggled. I thought we’d be poor and broke our whole lives. I stopped engaging in school. I began house hopping, never staying in one place. I came to AFG for a stable home. They are teaching me how to become an adult. AFG has taught me you can’t be mad at the world. Now I want to become an independent young woman, to support myself… I want to give back, and I want to do right. AFG helped me enroll in a GED program, and through that program I got a paid internship in communications. I’ve learned job skills and, how to maintain a schedule and meet deadlines and responsibilities. Now, I dream of being a veterinarian and making a better life for myself.
I first heard of the AFG Peer Educator program from a friend – I became interested because she was so passionate about what she was doing! After learning more about AFG, I joined the Peer Educator Love CHAT team. We do uplifting workshops at organizations around the area regarding issues teens are facing, like healthy relationships, bullying, peer pressure, and self-esteem–basically, really important stuff that teens don’t talk about. We also do online outreach and recently held our first ever live chat. Being a PE has helped me gain leadership skills, and improved my grades – being accountable to AFG staff has helped me raise my GPA from a 2.7 to a 3.3! If there is one thing I’ve learned, and want to teach others, it’s to think before you act, and think before you react. Thinking helps you be more successful in life.
When my older sister first told me about AFG and Young Women Changing Communities (YWCC), I knew I had to be a part of it! This group of girls became like another family to me – I always have someone to turn to when I need some help or someone to talk to. In addition to providing leadership training and community service opportunities, YWCC has helped me meet new people, develop my self-confidence and public speaking skills, and taught me how to use my voice to speak up for those who cannot. My work with YWCC has inspired me to go into politics. I want to help people address their needs, and take into account what they have to say.
When I was 13 years old, my father put me out. I lived with my mom for a while, but then ended up on the streets. After three years of this life, I started to seek places I could go for help. No one would take me because I was only 16 years old. Then a friend told me about AFG. They accepted me right away. AFG has helped me accomplish a lot of things. I am in their Transition to Independent Living program, learning important life skills. I am on track to graduate high school, and plan to take Certified Nursing Assistant Classes, which I couldn’t have done it without the help of my case planner. I have learned how to control my feelings, and how to prioritize what is important. I am learning about myself and learn what I like to do. AFG taught me that I don’t have to be a failure. Life is about choices, and I plan to make the right ones from now on.
When I first came to AFG, I had faced mental, physical, and sexual abuse as a sex worker on the streets, and I didn’t know where else to go. New Choices helped me find my way. I received counseling and countless other services. Through New Choices, I have learned to be self-sufficient and set goals for myself. The women and staff of New Choices have supported me many challenges and obstacles in life – these women gave me back my will to live, and make me a better person. We learn, grow, share, talk, laugh and cry together. New Choices reminds us that there is no limit to what we can do.