Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. AFG accomplishes this mission through three key services: AFG Prevention, the AFG Shelter/Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) and AFG Outreach.
AFG’s Prevention Program serves girls ages 4-18 who are at risk of pregnancy, gang involvement, abusing drugs or alcohol and school truancy. We engage them through after-school programs, a teen leadership program, and a summer camp. Our latest program, Strengthening Families, works with entire families to improve communication or health and nutrition in the home.
“AFG brings together many young women. It helps and strengthens families. In fact, it creates families–the girls here are like my sisters,”
-Kee’Janae, YWCC member (Young Women Changing Communities) and future teacher
AFG’s Shelter Program provides a stable home, counseling, and life skills training to homeless young women aged 15-21 and their children. The goal is to empower them to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
“I want to become an independent young woman, to support myself. To have my own back and to be able to provide for myself. I’d like to have my own place. I want to give back, I want to do right.”
-LaNiece, AFG Shelter resident and future veterinarian
AFG’s Outreach Program helps teens and women engaged in high-risk activities, such as street-based prostitution, drug use, and gang involvement, to understand the risks of such activities and transition to safe choices and healthy lives.
“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.”
-Miguel, AFG Peer Educator and future criminal psychologist
AFG Resource Center
AFG’s Resource Center connects families and individuals with needed services, both those that AFG can provide along with referrals to other organizations.