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Face Forward Resource Fair Provides Access to Valuable Services for Youth

Apr. 30 2015 | Tags: , , , ,

One of AFG’s newest programs, Face Forward, held its first resource fair for youth on March 30 at the Patton Recreation center. The fair, aptly named “March Madness”, was put together to provide youth with opportunities to make direct contact with hiring employers, provide access to additional community and educational resource, and also served as an enrollment effort for the Face Forward program. To participate in the event, each youth had to meet the same in criteria as they do for the Face Forward program (be 16-24, currently reside in Wayne County, have past or current involvement in the juvenile justice system, have no adult criminal offenses, and have no sexual offenses other than prostitution).


“March Madness” was packed full of activities for the youth who attended. Those in attendance had the opportunity to apply for jobs on site from venders such as Public Allies Metro Detroit, Youth United, Detroit Fire Department, Auto Zone, Tim Hortons, and more. Educational vendors, Covenant House Academy, St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center, Job Corps, and Back on Track Alternative Education provided educational resources and information, while community organizations such as Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan State Health, and AFG provided program information for eligible youth. Additional resources included private HIV testing by the Horizons Project and mini workshops facilitated by AFG Peer Educators.
The youth also had the opportunity to enjoy food, music, and fun during “March Madness”. Youth participated in a basketball shoot-out tournament, a NBA 2K video game tournament, and “Minute To Win It” games, and also had the chance to enter to win a mountain bike, gift cards, t-shirts, and more. The young woman who won the bike shared that she previously used the bus for transportation and was elated that she could now use her bike to get where she needed to go.


Overall, “March Madness” successfully recruited youth for the Face Forward program and made it possible to provide access to worthwhile services to those who attended. AFG would like to thank the Detroit Recreation Department for sponsoring the location for this event and all of the vendors who provided resources and information for the youth!

For more information on the next Face Forward event or to enroll in the Face Forward program, contact Tyresha Robinson, Case Planning Services Manager of Face Forward, at 313-361-4000 ext. 240 or trobinson@alternativesforgirls.org.

Face Forward: A new program at AFG serves youth with juvenile involvement

Aug. 28 2014 | Tags: , ,

In January 2014, our Outreach and Education Services Department launched a new program funded by the Department of Labor, Face Forward. The goal of the new program is to help improve the long-term employment prospects of youth in the juvenile justice system. The program serves youth between the ages of 16 – 24, who had a juvenile offense when they were under the age of 18, by helping the youth continue their education and find gainful employment. “The whole purpose of the program is to prevent youth from entering into the adult justice system. The goal is for them to become employable, and to help them move beyond their juvenile offense. This program will empower them to become successful adults,” shares Tyresha Robinson, Case Planning Services Manager of Face Forward.

Face Forward will reach these goals by working with the youth in a variety of ways. First, the program will provide individual case management services to its participants. These sessions will help the youth with goal setting, education and employment, obtaining a driver’s license and housing if necessary, and assist them to reunite with their family.

The second component of the program is to connect youth with vital resources. Primarily, staff members will help link the youth with GED classes and testing, as well as job placement. In addition to this, participants will receive help exploring their career options through job certification programs. Youth will be able to explore different careers by attending trainings in the following fields: customer service, computer network technology, global logistics and dispatch, nursing, commercial driving, and more. After completing training, the participants will receive a certification, which will improve their chances of finding sustainable employment.

Finally, the program will give participants the opportunity to be matched with a volunteer mentor. The mentors will have the opportunity to develop a one-on-one relationship with a youth in the Face Forward program by providing additional support and encouragement to achieve the goals the youth have set for themselves. Face Forward is currently seeking adults to become mentors to youth in the program. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor at Alternatives For Girls, please contact Gabriela Santiago-Romero, Mentor Coordinator, at 313-361-4000 x326 or gsantiago@alternativesforgirls.org.