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LJPLIFTJNG ADOLESCENTS PROJECT

sub-Grantee: Project Title:

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Advancing the Opportunities of In-School Youth

StprUs U p d o t e Y O U continues t o receive requests from several organizations in civil society for expanding the mentoring program nationally. The frequency ofthese requests is leading t o YOU's establishment of a national mentoring consuitancy program. During the period, 3 new mentees were recruited, and 42 additional mentors. Three workshops were held for mentees and two for mentors.

The Innovation in group mentoring is progressing well, with marked improvement being seen in mentees' behavior and communication, both with peers and teachers. 26 sessions were held this period with the participating mentees a t Kingston Comprehensive. Remediation continues t o be the greatest need for the group involved here. The latest batch of Peer Counselors a t Excelsior High graduated in March, and havejoined the first group which continues t o impress with its work. Y O U is convinced that Peer Counseling must now remain a vital part of its training and interventions with youth.

The parenting education program in four high schools progressed, with the development ofa more intensive small group program. Y O U has produced and will shortly distribute its laminated, pocket-sized booklet on 'Questions Parents Must Ask Teachers". The Homework program at Merl Grove High School averages GO students participating each day, and attracts nat only Meri Grove students, but also from Excelsior and Caiabar High. Ofnote is that the Caiabar students are male, and they attend the sessions a t the ail-girl Merl Grove voluntarily. Parents, teachers, and the students continually articulate their appreciationfor the Homework progrom.

S o far. 18 mentees have completed the Career DevelopmentAssessment, and this hos allowed Y O U t o recognize the limited knowledge ofavoiiabie careers which adolescents have. 5 students have applied for entry t o a H W T program, one is in a fashion designing apprenticeship, and one other is working on a modeling

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