Homeless youth have already faced significant challenges in their lives despite their young age. Save the Family helps children and youth in homeless and impoverished families break free of the cycles of poverty and homelessness. We do this by providing developmentally-appropriate programs that strengthen our youngest protective factors through education, preventable health risks, domestic violence, poor money management, and substance abuse. And thanks to the generous support of our community and dedicated staff, we have been amazed by the successes we see among our youth.
- 91% of the children we served maintained regular attendance at school or daycare
- 71% showed improvements in anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior
- 75% of our youth were involved in at least one extracurricular activity and reported increased knowledge of available community resources.
These successes are the roots of lifelong change and positive developments for our Save the Family youth.
Little Kids Works (ages 0-6)
Children increase their cognitive and behavioral skills in small groups, receiving individualized staff attention, while their parents attend self-sufficiency improvement classes. Little Kids Works incorporates the Learning Basket® approach, through which we nurture children’s multiple intelligences, emphasize language development and pre-math and pre-reading skills, and help children further develop their self-confidence, self-image, and imagination. The Learning Basket was developed by the Center of Imaginal Education.
Youth Enrichment and Achievement (YEA) (ages 7-18)
Youth close gaps in their K-12 education, increase their protective factors against violence and substance abuse, and explore various career and educational opportunities by participating in the following after school classes and activities:
- Career and College-Readiness Exploration: Youth participate in activities and coursework that build on their natural interests in various careers and post-secondary educational opportunities. The classes include site visits to colleges and businesses, as well as guest speakers.
- School Support: School-aged youth are connected to schools’ McKinney-Vento homelessness liaisons to help ensure that students stay enrolled in their schools of origin, if possible, and acquire needed outside supports. School enrollment, grades, and school behavior are monitored and interventions are provided when needed.
- Intervention/Prevention Education: The curriculum includes targeted, evidence-based coursework in literacy, nutrition, anti-violence, dating violence, art, financial literacy, tutoring, online/mobile communication safety, pet therapy, physical health, sun and water safety, and more.
- Extracurricular Activities: Youth participate in leadership, sports, music, and art workshops, lesson, camps, and other activities.