The STRONG Chapter seeks to improve 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.
Group workshops 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 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 trips serve to reinforce and reward goal achievement and positive behavior. Overall, the Chapter program seeks to work with students, their families and the school to alleviate academic and behavioral challenges. S.T.R.O.N.G. has implemented Chapters in the Hempstead, Uniondale and Roosevelt School Districts and more recently expanded into Bellport and Wyandanch in Suffolk County in partnership with the Suffolk County Probation Department.