Youth & Teen Violence Prevention Programs

The Approach

  • Engage the youth where they are
  • Programs in their neighborhoods 
  • Programs in their schools

See Programs Below

Chop it Up:

(Sept - June)Youth Violence Prevention Pic

The “Chop it up” mentoring program is a collaboration between the Youth and Teen Initiative (YTI) and WSFCS. This program will allow volunteers and school guidance counselors to lead a round table style discussion with students on real life topics. Students will receive advice from volunteers and their peers. The (YTI) team will travel from school-to-school meeting with different students to tackle community issues.

Our Goal: To give students a listening ear. We hope to give students advice so they do not go down the wrong path. 

The Outcome: To help students communicate their feelings better. To help build trust/relationship with these students.

Stay Fresh Initiative

(September - June)  

The “Stay fresh Initiative” is a partnership between WSFCS and local licensed barbers. Licensed barbers across the community will team up to provide FREE haircuts to students at different schools. The (YTI) team will drive barbers from school to school to cut hair.  Throughout the haircuts, barbers will offer encouraging advice. 

Our Goal: To build self-esteem through fresh haircuts. 

The Outcome: Less bullying. Building confidence within. Boosting student's self-confidence 

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After School Programs

(August - June)

The YTI team will implement an After School program beginning August 2023. The after-school program will be created for middle school and high school students. We will partner with WSFCS to offer bus transportation to the designated facility. This program is FREE.  The program staff will assist students with homework each day. Local non-profits will teach seminars and classes to students as well. Lastly, all participants will receive a daily snack. 

Our Goal: To give students a safe environment after school hours. To hold small classes with the program to teach students different life skills. 

The Outcome: Improve grades with assisting with their homework. Improve life skills

Summer Camps - FREE

(June - August)  

This is a non-traditional summer camp for middle school and high school students. Camp will be held at Minnie Lee Davis Community Center. Camp will run from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Transportation will be available from participants who live in Rolling Hills, Piedmont Circle, and Cleveland Homes. Participants will be provided a FREE lunch each day. Participants will go on biweekly field trips. 

Our Goal: Place participants in a safe environment through the summer day, into the evening.  

The Outcome: Reduce crime in the targeted neighborhoods.

Impactful Tours 

(September- June)  

Another Collaboration with WSFCS and local nonprofits. This will allow City staff to take groups of scholars on tours around the city. Students will tour college campuses. Students will also visit job sites to expose them to different career paths such as: City of Winston departments, warehouse companies, hospitals, WSFCS headquarters, police stations, fire stations, etc.  

Our Goal: To expose scholars to varies career paths.  

The Outcome: Peak interest in certain jobs. Let them know if school doesn’t work out, that there are other career paths.

Teen and Youth Outings

Teen and Youth Group Outings will consist of low-cost field trips. Parents would need to register their kids in order for them to participate. These participants will come from targeted low-income neighborhoods, as well as WSFCS. 

Trips Include: 

Wake Forest Football Games
(September- November)  

Wake Forest Basketball 
(November - February)   

Dave and Busters
(January - February) / once a month 

(January - February) / once a month 

Adventure Landing
(April - May)