The program is a UM and Community Partnership to help high risk adolescents realize a healthy and successful future. It works closely with long-time partners such as the Juvenile Services Department, Child Welfare and Natural Helpers to identify youth showing significant behavioral, mental health, family and school-related problems. The program is culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and tailored to unique strengths and risk factors. It targets youth ages 11-18, with risk and protective factors at the school, neighborhood and environmental domains, including failing schools, discrimination, acculturation, immigration-related stressors, and disabilities.
The EMPOWER Family Strengthening program uses individual counseling, family counseling and psycho-educational sessions to serve adolescents and their families ranging 11-18 years targeted communities in the northern part of Miami-Dade and specifically families who are experiencing challenges with child/youth behavior, parent-child relationships and/or consequences of youth violence, or parent mental health/ substance abuse. It also includes families with involvement in the child welfare and delinquency systems and youth with disabilities. Youth and families will be provided resources and referrals for additional services as needed, including family strengthening services for parents and their children at their homes, in Miami Gardens and at other community agencies and local schools.
This program is open to youth who have a strong interest in the Hip Hop elements (DJ, MC/Spoken Word, Bboy/Bgirl and Urban Art). Learn artistic and technical skills from professional artists. Participants strengthen their creative, personal and interpersonal skills. The program will introduce youth to new modes of expression and teach skills that are useful in school and in their personal life.