School-Based Programs

Youth FORCE

HANDY’s LYFE (Life skills, Youth development, Foundation Building, Education and Engagement) Program provides youth development and tiered case management services funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County to Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Pompano Beach Middle School. The Youth FORCE – LYFE Program provides year-round programming for at-risk middle school age youth.

The Youth FORCE – LYFE Program provides year-round programming for at-risk middle school age youth to strengthen protective factors by helping youth develop resiliency, a positive outlook, healthy family dynamics, pro-social relationships with peers and adults, positive decision-making skills, strong community attachment, and academic success; and reduce risk factors related to teen pregnancy, delinquency, substance abuse, family dysfunction, mental and physical health problems, negative peer associations, and school failure.

THE METHOD

HANDY’s LYFE Program provides individual in-school and in-home tiered case management and counseling services, after school programming, Monday thru Friday (from dismissal to 6:30pm), select non-school day activities and summer camp services each summer.

EMBRACE

The LYFE Program offers individual, group and ongoing support services including:

• Emergency needs assistance for food, clothing, beds, housing, transportation, healthcare
• Individual and group Life Skills instruction
• Dance, drama, fitness, art and other recreation activities
• Back to School Shopping and Holiday gifts
• Family Thanksgiving Dinner
• Referrals to Community Resources
• Individual case management and counseling

EDUCATE

The LYFE Program provides tutoring and educational activities including:

• Prevention Education (drop out, pregnancy, substance abuse, anti-bullying, juvenile crime)
• Tutoring from certified teachers, peers, and volunteers
• Homework Assistance and completion
• Liaison with Guidance Counselors at individual schools to ensure that youth are on track for grade promotion and behavior requirements
• Exposure to higher education via College Tours

EMPOWER

The LYFE Program encompasses activities that promote empowerment including:

• Youth development and engagement sessions such as TOP Program curriculum
• Service Learning projects
• Peer mentor relationships
• One week sleep away camp

THE OUTCOME

The LYFE Program is evaluated each year by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. The most recent Results Based Performance Accountability Report for FY 12/13 reflected the following performance measures for HANDY’s Youth FORCE – LYFE Program:

• 91% of youth decreased risk behaviors
• 90% of youth improved their school success factors
• 100% of female participants did not become pregnant and male participants did not cause a pregnancy
• 100% of youth participants did not use drugs or alcohol

School is Cool

Through funding from the Community Foundation of Broward County, HANDY addresses the ABC’s (Attendance, Behavior and Course) for a minimum of 35 youth at Lauderdale Lakes Middle School.

– Students who are enrolled in Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Biology to obtain high school credits prior to graduating middle school and who are being geared toward dual enrollment programs in high school that will gain them college credits, hence dramatically increasing the probability of these youth obtaining a college degree.

– Lauderdale Lakes Middle School Football Players to ensure they become scholar athletes and do not limit their potential to sports alone, but rather utilize sports as a means to keep them engaged and motivated and build on talents that can pave a path to successful high school and college opportunities

THE NEED

Keeping youth engaged during out of school time, creating a supportive, fun and caring environment and assisting youth through academic and personal barriers help students feel connected to the program, staff/faculty and school. Incentives and positive reinforcement for improvements also encourage youth to continue working on academic and behavioral goals. Reaching students beyond the classroom fosters student success. Offering tutoring, life skills and youth development sessions, fitness/nutrition and cultural arts activities add a value to the students learning experience that would otherwise be unaffordable for most of the families in this school’s district. This program approach helps to build a well-rounded, open minded and confident young person who can later relate to a world beyond the confines of their local neighborhood.

THE METHOD

HANDY is committed to improving the attendance and behavior of each student served as well as their academic course performance by way of increased parent involvement, hands on educational case management and supportive academic remediation/tutoring services. Extracurricular and family centered holiday events serve to keep youth engaged in positive, pro-social after school and out of school time activities that keep youth off the streets, reduce the ability and tendency to participate in risky behaviors and surround the students with healthy adults with whom to develop a mentoring relationship.

THE OUTCOME

HANDY’s School is Cool Program is monitored throughout the year by the Community Foundation of Broward County in partnership with the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (for performance measures only). The performance goals for School Year 14/15 are:

• 90% of youth will be retained in the program
• 65% of youth will increase reading proficiency and/or math performance; 25% of remaining youth will maintain (not decrease) their grade
• 85% of youth will have no more than 5 absences (excused and unexcused) per year
• 85% of youth will maintain positive school behavior and no external suspensions