West End’s After School and Prevention Programming for grades K-12 (ages 6-18), is facilitated by certified instructors and well-trained volunteers. Staff utilize scientifically-based models to reduce risky behaviors linked to teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use, violence, and suicide via a host of supportive services and activities.
After School & Prevention programming is offered Monday – Friday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Healthy snacks and dinner are provided daily.
- Education: Homework help, SAT preparation, computer enrichment, career exploration, and one-on-one and small group tutoring to help students work toward clearly defined academic goals. Staff also offers assistance to parents in advocating with teachers and guidance counselors for youth who are struggling in school; creating study plans or behavior modification tools to improve school performance; and holding parent nights to discuss child progress and achievement
- Mental Health & Wellness Services: Counseling and peer support services for youth and their families to promote empowerment and resiliency.Topics include: conflict resolution, gangs, depression, suicide, drugs and alcohol and bullying. Referrals are made for long-term or additional counseling services
- Health & Sexuality Education: Group sessions on topics such as healthy relationships, nutrition through healthy food choices, peer pressure, body image, self-identity, reproductive health, and sexual decision-making
- Creative Expression: Music, dance, writing, and drama workshops led by theater and art professionals
- Sports & Recreation: Team and individual sports; open gymnasium and gaming activities
- Youth Voice and Leadership Activities: Opportunities for youth to provide input, plan and lead program activities with peers
It is the mission of DPC, a voluntary network of individuals and organizations, to create safe, healthy, drug-free communities. Operating with a clear strategic framework, DPC responds to community conditions by developing and implementing multi-faceted plans with measurable outcomes and evidenced-based activities which lead to reductions in substance abuse. Activities for youth include:
- Youth Prevention Frontliner Groups (ages 13-17): enable youth to learn about the perils of underage drinking, marijuana use and other dangerous substances and behaviors; develop self-esteem, leadership, employment, planning, decision-making and resistance skills
- Lunch and Learns (ages 5-17): are implemented within a school/church to address underage drinking, binge drinking, laws for minors and risky behaviors via interactive information sessions
- Teen Summit: offers a wide array of teen-centered workshops that address underage drinking, marijuana use, suicidal ideation, peer pressure, self-esteem and many other challenges youth encounter.
For more information, Contact:
Director of Youth Services
302-658-4171 x 195