The following programs are offered for residents of all ages; youth, young adults, and seniors living in a HANO community.
Restorative Circles are held monthly at STNC with youth and part of the Restorative Justice Practice Model that STNC is seeking to fully implement with the help of Community Mediation Services, Inc. “Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.”
Girl Scouts of Southeast Louisiana
Making Proud Choices Program
The Institute on Women & Ethnic Studies began weekly workshops with youth ages 13-18 called “Making Proud Choices” during the month of October. The program provides education to youth around sexual health. A parent meeting was held at the beginning of the month that informed parents of program goals and workshop content. A total of ten parents signed their children up for the program. “Making Proud Choices” is an eight week series, with classes held every Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at STNC. Class attendance each week has ranged between 5-10 kids each week.
Teen Outreach Program
In partnership with the Institute on Women & Ethnic Studies, Catholic Charities has started the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) at Lafitte. TOP is a nationally recognized youth -development program that has been proven to foster academic success and prevent teen pregnancy. TOP is an evidence-based program that engages teens between the ages of 12-18 in curriculum guided discussion and community service throughout the school year. TOP™ follows a basic approach that has been shown to achieve results for teens. The three components of TOP include: (1) Educational Peer Group Meetings; (2) Community Service Learning; and (3) Positive Adult Guidance and Support. The goals of TOP™ are to develop life skills, healthy behaviors, and a sense of purpose- ultimately preparing teens for successful adulthood. TOP™ participants meet at least once per week for nine months to receive the Changing Scenes curriculum from a trained IWES facilitator. The facilitator is someone who is sensitive to the feelings and needs of the teens and creates a social environment that is emotionally supportive and safe. TOP participants are required to complete at least 20 community service hours (generally 10 hours per semester). Moreover, teens have a choice and input in selecting their community service work.
The TOP program has demonstrated effectiveness and outcomes that have resulted in a 53% reduction in teen pregnancy rates, 52% reduction in school suspension rates, 60% reduction in course failure rates, and 60% reduction in school dropout rates.