The F.I.N.D Design
F.I.N.D - Gifts of Love
Every child should be able to experience the wonderful feeling of opening gifts at Christmas. Unfortunately, that is not the case as the reality for some families is that they are barely putting food on the table. FIND Gifts of Love annual holiday event provides families, that are struggling due to financial hardships, a chance to enjoy a fun-filled Christmas Program and gifts for their little ones. The program consists of music, food, games, dancing, speakers, Santa ...and of course... GIFTS!!! We even provide transportation for many of the families. The program is set up similar to others where we have several sponsored toy drives and we "adopt a families". It is truly a sight to see!
F.I.N.D - Outreach Initiatives
TFD strongly believes in "paying if forward" and teaching our young male and females the importance of providing a service to others as they are being serviced. Quarterly, we donate our time and resources to other community organizations or we ourselves go out directly to the population in need and provide services. Examples would be Ladle of Love (LOL) where we serve over 100 homeless and underprivileged individuals. This gives us the opportunity to teach professionalism, organization, and people skills.
Juvenile Anger Management
The participants will initially attend 9-weeks of group sessions which will promote both verbal and non-verbal methods that deal with anger, anxiety, grief and disappointment. As each participant partake in group activities and discussions, they will have the opportunity to not only learn from the trained group staff and mentors, but also other participants and reflect on their individual thoughts and actions. Eventually, the participants will recognize how their actions are not only having a negative effect on their lives and potentially their future, but also the lives of the individuals closest to them. During this 9-week engagement, parents will be required to attend (2) 1-hour parenting sessions and the graduation which will be held on the last day of group sessions. Once graduated, each participant will be assigned an individual mentor that will be committed to 1:1 mentoring for at least 6-month. This mentor will be there to assist with holding their mentee accountable, reinforcing the tools that were learned during J.A.M Sessions, and being an overall support system that the mentee can depend on. .
Sons Having a Real Place
Where do most conversations happen amongst males at any age... The Barbershop!! Structured very similar to our F.L.Y Girl program, our S.H.A.R.P. program offers group mentoring to young boys ages 12-17 from a community of male role models in a barbershop type atmosphere. Bi-weekly this program creates an environment for them to feel appreciated, supported, understood and offer encouragement to take accountability for their actions. Our mentors show up at after-school facilities willing to receive, support and empower young boys who want to strive for success and make real and positive changes in their lives. As we strive to make these changes, we wanted to make sure that the exterior matches the interior as well. During these sessions, several mentees alternate getting a complimentary haircut as part of one of the program incentives.
F.L.Y. Girl Chat
During and After School Program
F.L.Y. Girl Chat is an after-school program that provides young ladies between the ages of 13-18 life-skills and social-emotional development. Meeting weekly, topics such as Dealing with the Bully and being bullied, Self-Respect, Understanding and Creating Boundaries, Respect for Oneself, Others, and Authority, Understanding Diversity, Dealing with Anger and Social Media Protocol are addressed and discussed. By relationship building and exploring "their world", the goal is that each girl recognizes their sense of purpose in life and how to be to be proactive in taking the steps to get there.
F.I.N.D - MY F.L.Y.
TFD is committed to helping the ladies stay FLY (Forever Loving Yourself) by showing them that importances of loving themselves and understanding how beautiful they truly are inside and out! Touched by an Angel Beauty Salon donates free wash and styles to our girls on a weekly basis. Every week the ladies have the opportunity to get their hair washed and styled to help start the process of having healthy hair. Angel at Touched by an Angel is also taking the time to help the ladies understand how to manage their hair in between visits. We always tell the girls that your exterior often says a lot about your interior!