S.T.R.O.N.G. Chapter programs work with "at-risk"* students, their families, and schools to alleviate academic and behavioral challenges. This is achieved by improving the youth’s sense of connection to the school, community, family, and gain better understanding of self.
Components of the Chapter program include one-on-one counseling, intensive weekly psycho-educational groups that promote positive social-emotional development, a rewards system to reinforce positive behavior and decision-making, community service projects, and experiential trips and activities.
S.T.R.O.N.G. currently has chapters in the Uniondale, Brentwood, Wyandanch, and South Country (Bellport) School Districts.
*Youth at risk of being failed by one or more adults or adult-driven system or institutions. (http://www.cyc-net.org/today2001/today010824.html)
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The Chapters Program is articulated around :
Group workshops to address topics such as peer associations, decision making, anger management, respect, community responsibility, empathy, truancy, the value of academics, goal setting, and others. Group work is complemented by one-on-one counseling, advocacy with school personnel, parental engagement, home visits, and referral to additional services when needed.
Community service projects and school-wide campaigns to increase awareness of the challenges many families and communities are facing and focus on developing youth’s civic engagement and leadership and team-building skills so they can become active agents of change.
After school activities and experiential trips to reinforce and reward goal achievement and positive behavior.
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