CHILD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Homeless children live in unstable conditions that include shelters, pay-by-the-week motels, doubled-up or tripled-up with others, in cars and on the streets. These children experience:
- Hunger twice as often as other children;
- Sickness four times more often;
- Two to three grade levels behind and twice as likely to repeat a grade
- Emotional and behavioral problems 3 times more than housed peers
- The national graduation rate for homeless children is below 25%.
Stability and education are the keys to solving the homeless problem. Those with more education make more money. The probability for being poor or homeless as an adult decreases for every year a child advances through school.
You can pay now or pay later. The cost of homelessness. hospitalization, medical treatment, incarceration, police intervention, and emergency shelter expenses can add up quickly, making homelessness surprisingly expensive for municipalities and taxpayers. Helping homeless children now creates better citizens and employees for our community. You can fulfill the education and emotional stability needs of a child that will forever provide them with the hope and sustainability for the future.
After-School Enrichment Programs provide a variety of academic, cultural and social activities to homeless students who attend schools near the facility where they reside. The programs consist of classes and activities that reinforce the District’s Core curriculum as well as tutoring and homework support. These programs build the student’s awareness, participation in and the enjoyment of the arts, music, drama and dance. These programs also emphasize social skills that focus on developing self-esteem, confidence and respect, including recreational components to promote these skills.
Classes include but are not limited to; instruction in basic math and reading skills, health, nutrition and fitness, social studies and science activities with some laboratory demonstrations, creative and performing arts, crafts, outdoor sports, life experiences and field trips.
PARENTING EDUCATION PROGRAM
Beats the Streets Mission of the Parents Educational Program is to educate, guide and empower parents in their efforts to promote the academic attainment of their children and themselves through the strategies intended to help individuals navigate educational systems and connect with a culture of success
How Can I Get Involved in my Child's Education?
- Visit your child's classroom regularly
- Volunteer to help in the classroom
- Support school events and attend performances
- Meet with other parents in organizations such as PTA
- Communicate with the teacher on a regular basis
- Assist with homework
- Read to your child
- Show up to all back-to-school nights and parent/teacher conference
- Talk and listen to your child everyday
- Create a homework station
- Encourage and praise your child in their progress in school
- Make learning relevant
- Read all newsletters that are sent home
BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE
Our goal this year is to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies, a new school outfit and new shoes to 500 needy children in the metro Atlanta area.
We are in need of donations of the following items: new backpacks, school supplies such as: #2 pencils, highlighters, theme notebooks, 3 ring binder, notebook paper, copy paper, kid friendly scissors, calculators, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks and folders.
We are also in need of gift cards for school outfits/uniforms and new shoes.
Pick up locations can be at your local school, church or business.
CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
This is our busiest and most demanding time of year. We get hundreds of requests for toys from needy families. Our goal is to provide new toys to 1000 children. Delivery deadline for new toys is December 15th. Then the sorting by age and sex begins.
Help us make this a great Christmas for these kids. The smile on the children's faces spreads from ear to ear and it's contagious!
Here are ways you can help:
Your business, group or organization can act as a drop off location. Have a toy drive. Volunteer to help sort and distribute toys to the families.
There is nothing more rewarding than to put a smile on a child’s face.
The Clothing Closet is one way in which we can meet the practical needs of the poor. The reason behind starting a Clothing Closet was quite simple – the poor and homeless can’t afford to buy clothes. Recognizing and seeing the need for clothing, we listed these needs with different churches in our communities and sent out emails to friends and neighbors. The result of that call for help has become what we now call our clothes closet.
Every person's needs is seemingly more important than the others. What keeps Beats the Streets motivated is our love for God, to continually strive to be more Christ-like and knowing that ultaimately our reward is in Heaven. Our motivation stems from that homeless man or woman who comes to us in the winter asking for a coat, or a homeless woman who has an interview scheduled and we can provide her with a business suit. The list of needs is never ending and when it comes to the children, well it just breaks our hearts.
We are in constant need of business attire as our mission in helping the homeless is to teach, coach and mentor them. To give them the tools and empower them with the resources needed to transform their lives through a self-sustainable plan for the future.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
Sandwich Meats, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Fresh Vegetables & Fruit
Boxed Meals/Potatoes (Hamburger Helper, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta Mixes, Rice Mixes
Canned Vegetables & Fruit (no x-large cans)
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Boxed Juices & Bottled Water
Condiments (Mustard, Ketchup, Salad Dressing, Salt & Pepper)
Napkins, Paper Plates, Napkins, Plastic Utensils
Diapers Sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6
Paper Towels & Toilet Paper
Volunteering can make a difference in the success of our events and the success in helping those in need. While you are helping those in need, you'll make new friends and have a heart-felt, good time. So, Pay It Forward.
Corporations that support Beats the Streets in their efforts to transform lives of Atlanta's homeless, know that doing good is good business. Not only do employees prefer to work for companies that show responsible corporate citizenship, but nearly 90% of consumers want the products and services they use to support a worthy cause.
Volunteer to work in the: CLOTHING CLOSET, FOOD PANTRY, SANTA'S WORKSHOP, SCHOOL SUPPLY & BOOK STORE
Volunteer to work with: SUMMER CAMP, AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, EARLY CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT & MENTORING
Volunteer for these special events: PRO AM TENNIS TOURNAMENT - GOLF TOURNAMENT -
5K HOME-RUN FOR THE HOMELESS - ANNUAL SPONSOR APPRECIATION EVENT