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Alternatives for Girls Backgrounder

Since 1987, Alternatives for Girls has provided young at- risk women in the Metro Detroit area, with shelter, counseling and life skills training. AFG serves its community through three programs; prevention, shelter, and outreach.

Prevention The Prevention program serves girls ages 14-18 who are at risk of pregnancy, gang involvement, abusing drugs or alcohol and school truancy. Participants are engaged through after school programs, a summer camp, and a teen leadership program. After-School Programs AFG’s after-school program is designed to provide elementary, middle, and high school girls with activities and resources to inform them about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. Summer Camp The Rise N’ Shine summer program provides a variety of cultural, educational, and social activities for 50-75 girls every summer. The program is free of charge and girls have the opportunity to work with youth leaders and learn valuable life skills. Leadership Program YWCC is AFG’s teen leadership program. This program is designed to help develop future leaders of our communities, through leadership opportunities for girls aged 13-20. Past participants of this program have met with the mayor, hosted community youth conferences, and started a community-wide youth advocacy group.

Shelter The Shelter program provides a stable home, counseling, and life skills training to homeless girls aged 15-21 and their children. Transition to Independent Living


AFG provides the Transition to Independent Living program for young women who need shelter for longer than the initial two week period. To qualify for the TIL program, residents must be enrolled in an educational program. The TIL program provides counseling and life skills training that prepare residents for success after leaving the program. Residents receive training in areas such as financial literacy, health and nutrition education, and parenting and nurturing skills.

Outreach The Outreach program helps teens and women engaged in high risk activieties, such as street based prostitution and drug abuse, to understand the risk of such activities and transition to safe choices and healthy lives. Safe Choices Project The Safe Choices Project was created to aid in AFG’s mission to spread awareness to women who participate in high risk activities. The goals of the Safe Choices Project are to educate about safe alternatives to life threatening behaviors, ensure access to resources and opportunities, and to intervene to reduce high risk activity. Peer Educators AFG provides participants with peer educators, mentors who have experienced similar life experiences, to help guide them through the programs. Peer mentors create workshops that teach participants about STD prevention, anger management, results of alcohol and drug abuse.

www.alternativesforgirls.org

Alternatives For Girls 903 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit, Michigan 48208 (313)-361-4000


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