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African and American Friendship, Inc.

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Mission Statement

African and American Friendship, Inc. mission is to address the issues of low income, at risk disadvantaged children and youth in Boston’s challenging neighborhoods, by developing and implementing youth leadership programs, to help them achieve their full potentials.


Over the years, the Youth Leadership Institute program has had considerable impact in the communities we serve.

1. Counseling, One-on-One Tutoring and Mentoring

Treatment of maladaptive behavior includes counseling and teaching problem-solving skills, focusing on improving self-esteem and self-awareness, developing good mental attitudes.

Our Youth Leadership Institute counseling takes on many forms depending on the assessed needs of the youth participating in our program, whether their parent are cooperative, resources etc. etc. Family counseling is an alternative and serves as reinforcement. The problems of self-esteem and lack of self-discipline may derive from disruptive or neglectful home/family environments. Our counseling program consists of tutoring, mentoring and individual sessions with program participants. We anticipated that the average length of time youth participating in our Youth Leadership Institute varies, but will average nine weeks, (usually the entire school academic year) The program’s workshops facilitators does not have to deal with large number of at-risk, disadvantaged youth who participate in the program. The program activities are individualized and flexible to meet the needs of each low-income at-risk, disadvantaged children and youth in Boston’s challenging neighborhoods.

2. After-school Program

Youth participating in our Youth Leadership Institute may also be enrolled in After-school programs and activities. Enrollment in the After-school program
Will be based on improved behavior. We anticipate that approximately 80% of the Youth participating in our Youth Leadership program will receive After-school program services, as well as alternative academic remedial program. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program that will addresses the “Whole Person”.

3. Parents Orientation

Our program conducts parent’s orientation at different times for youth and their families. At these meetings, we always outline upcoming events; provide an overview of the Youth Leadership Institute programs and activities. Beginning in 2014 we will have a family meeting bi-monthly where parents will be invited to be inform about their children work, talk with our workshop facilitators be involved in activities and be updated on program activities.

4. Extended Learning Opportunities

One of the goals of our after-school program is to assist low-income, at-risk disadvantaged children and youth in Boston’s challenging neighborhoods, to meet or exceed State and Local standards in core academic subjects of reading language arts and mathematics.

This program addresses the risk factor of academic failure, low self-esteem, and other risky behavior that result when children eventually drop out of school. At least one hour four days per week in the afternoon are spent on academic subjects.

5. Workshop Facilitators Training

Our Youth Leadership Institute after-school programs and activities workshop facilitators are trained on grade-by grade standards in order to incorporate techniques into their curriculum and academic activities.

Ongoing training is also provided on topics such as, how to work with children and youth who are at-risk and disadvantaged. How to negotiate, how to adapt to the needs of low income, disadvantaged children and youth of different races, ages and cultures, teaching and learning styles, new techniques for enrichment and hands-on activities, computer and other technology, improvement of academic subject matter, and assessing student progress. These training improve their teaching skills.

The Need for our Youth leadership Institute in Boston’s Challenging Neighborhood

There is increasing evidence that the prominence of disciplinary problems and maladaptive behavior within the school setting in Boston’s challenging neighborhoods, lead to poor learning environments, depriving all low-income youth in our community of academic success while adding to the job-related stress of teachers and administrators who must content with such issues.

At-risk low income disadvantaged youth are often repeat offenders of school behavior codes and face expulsion or will voluntarily drop out of school unless intervention is provided early on in their lives. It is therefore more preferable for our communities to have program for youth leadership development.

However, poverty often traps families in Boston’s challenging neighborhoods, especially those communities with large immigrant population, where nearly 50% of the adults do not have a high school certificate and approximately 25% have less than a 9th grade education.

Finally, children in the home environment are exposed to alcohol and other drug abuse and look up to many siblings who use alcohol and other illicit drugs. There are very few after-school resources or alternative school programs for, low-income, at-risked disadvantaged children and youth in Boston’s challenging neighborhood. Many children in our community are leaving school and return to unsupervised homes in the afternoon. They have few activities to be involved in other than risky behaviors, since few have adults home to supervise them or work with them on school assignments.

Programs Goals & objectives

Program Goals

The following are the main goals of our Youth leadership Institute
1. Provide an alternative to juvenile delinquencies through a new and innovative program in Boston’s challenging neighborhoods.
2. Reinforce the need for academic achievement and good citizenship while providing incentive for being an active member of the community.
3. Provide an opportunity to expand participants ability in inter-personal relationship
4. Promote positive community involvement.
5. Foster individual’s youth achievements and accomplishments.

Program Objectives

1. Create an effective youth leadership initiative in Boston’s challenging communities.
2. Integrate youth of various social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds within the program
3. Establish incentive based guidelines for disadvantaged, low income youth
4. Recognize and produce the achievement of Youth Leadership Institute programs and activities through appropriate resources.
Our agency Youth leadership Programs focus on the following


Throughout their participation in the Youth Leadership Institute programs and activities, low income disadvantaged youth will be given task to accomplish both independently and collectively as a team. The curricular will include specific subject materials emphasizing the key points of time management, and performing independently.

Individual Growth

At the Youth Leadership Institute, low income at-risk disadvantaged youth will have an opportunity to enhance their personal growth. We incorporate workshops and seminars that focus on social development, their personal skills and promote interaction among a diverse population. The individual growth process will be achieve through the programmatic scheduling of traditional leadership activities, visiting speakers and tem building exercises, conflict resolution, self-esteem etc.

Engaging Children and Youth during their spare time

By engaging low income children and youth during their spare time, we can help offset periods of unsupervised time in their setting, In addition to a recreational outlet, we also implement educational component on improvising their respective communities, and volunteering. Low income youth from Boston’s challenging neighborhoods live below the poverty line, and having an opportunity presented by the Youth Leadership Institute will be we now offer an incentive for these youth.