Posted on August 6, 2018
To support the expansion of Steps to Success, an afterschool enhancement that takes a holistic approach to supporting at-risk youths’ academic, social-emotional, college, and career success. Offered at fourteen of their middle school afterschool programs across Queens, Steps to Success seeks to impact school performance and persistence by strengthening the resiliency skills which research shows successful high school graduates possess. The program involves screening students for risk using the research-based Success Highways Resiliency Assessment, a Steps to Success class to build resiliency and goal-setting skills, and individualized support through youth advocates. The grant would support part of the salaries of two new youth advocates who will help facilitate the Steps to Success class, and provide individualized support to all students and intensive support to those identified as being at-risk. The Child Center is a 64-year old multiservice child and family organization with roots in mental health.