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. Click here to find out about TFD's FIND outreach initiatives.
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. Click here to get SHARP program details.
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! Click here for more information regarding this awesome program.
The F.I.N.D Design
Juvenile Anger Management
The participants attend 9-weeks of group sessions which promote both verbal and non-verbal methods that deal with anger, anxiety, grief, and disappointment. As each mentee partakes 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. Click here to learn more about this awesome life-changing program.
Empowered to F.L.Y./
Research shows that lack of presence in school puts students at high risk of failing in school, experiencing psychosocial difficulties, entering the juvenile justice system, drug and alcohol abuse and lack of social skills. The F.L.Y Girl weekly school based and after school program will directly address the growing number of girls that show patterns of behavioral challenges or absences that decrease in school presence. The goal of the program is to offer a positive support system through social-emotional development, life skills and community outreach that will increase in school presence and ultimately enhance the overall quality of life. To learn more about the F.L.Y. Girl click here.