MIND, BODY & SOUL
A "PDS” or “Professional Development Specialist" shadows each individual for one year with frequent, one-on-one meetings in the beginning and then monthly meetings once that apprentice has shown the ability to manage money and make good decisions. The PDS mentors and coaches each apprentice on budgets, money management, spiritual guidance and basic life skills. This one-on-one time gives the apprentice a feeling of security, knowing they have someone to talk with about their problems and needs. We often hear our apprentices say, “My PDS has my back and that makes me feel safe and secure when life around me is becoming complicated”.
Beats the Streets strives to give a young person (male or female between the ages of 8 and 18) in need of social and recreational development and emotional support the companionship of an adult to supplement the work of parents, teachers, counselors, social workers and other social services and education professionals.
The young people with homelessness on their plates must cope with far more personal and social pressures than any other youth. Early intervention through a structured PDS mentor relationship, are able to give young people the tools and support they need to deal effectively with these pressures. Understanding the many social, psychological, and physical demands that the youth face is extremely important for any individual about to undertake the task of being a PDS mentor.
Beats The Streets KEYS to PERSONAL GROWTH
1) Identify Self Worth
2) Set Goals
3) Establish Community
2 Types of Mentoring:
Professional Development Specialist - staff member walks through life, job, ups & downs with these individual, children and families. Helping them restore their value and self-worth, through a friendship first approach to mentoring and life skills training.
Personal Shadow - volunteer friend/encourager/supporter; contributes time to hang out with and genuinely befriend client.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
CHILD OUTREACH & ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Our "CAP", Child Achievement Program addresses early childcare needs and is provided by our volunteer staff and our apprentice Moms. The small children learn through story time, music and art appreciation and play time. We use multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity.
But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14
The Afterschool Enrichment Program incorporates volunteer tutors to assist elementary students with homework, and middle and high school students participate in Junior Achievement Courses led by volunteers. The program also includes tutoring, physical activity, arts and crafts and a healthy snack. It gives us the opportunity to provide them with experiences they do not get in the classroom. Students have 30 minutes of independent reading time. In addition, we offer structured workshops include dance, music appreciation and acting.
Life skills classes for the moms address the areas of personal finance, parenting skills, organizational skills, and health and wellness. If needed, many moms will be placed in a counseling program for physical, mental and sexual abuse.
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth." Psalm127: 3-4