LEARNING PROJECTS / MENTOR PROGRAM
The PARTI program will collaborate with schools and various community organizations in order for their students to participate in college service learning projects by becoming mentors for youth clients in the PARTI program. In addition, the PARTI Program will partner with college organizations. College students that are recruited or referred will be trained by the PARTI staff to work with the youth clients from middle and high schools. The college student volunteer mentors will be paired up with the middle and high schools students to build the relationships. The youth participants will meet bi-weekly in a group-mentoring format. Intervention program and educational field trips will be provided. The PARTI, through these collaborations, has access to public social/recreational resources and facilities operated by the city school districts, and county agencies.
TALENT SHOWS / DANCES AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
The PARTI Program’s approach in promoting healthy lifestyles in the area of fostering independence by using the strengths and assets of participants. 25 youth leaders recruited by the PARTI staff and volunteers will organize 5 talent shows, dances and additional recreational activities for youth to participate in. This activity will allow the PARTI Program to work with youth on the weekends and evenings to promote healthy and positive activities. The youth leaders, staff and volunteers will outreach and mobilize the attendees. These activities will reach 500 youth targeted populations.
HIGH IMPACT PROGRAMS
The High Impact Tutorial Program will meet the needs of San Jose’s K-8 participants who are performing below grade level in reading and/or math. At the end of 32 hours of tutorial instruction, each participant will have the confidence to apply what they have learned to their classroom assignments because they will now have a stronger skill-set foundation to understand how to complete assignments whether in class, or independently at home. In addition, we will provide participants with after school and weekend development activities. PARTI Program motivates students to go to college providing college awareness presentations in classrooms, act as student liaison between school counselors, California State University and University of California enrollment college advisors and recruiters. Case managers will go to participants school and talk to administrators, teachers, and counselors on behalf of the participants. PARTI Programs high impact will have a day program designed to provide college preparatory information to parents of middle school and high school students in order to enable them to assist and support their children to plan and prepare academically and financially for educational opportunities after high school graduation.
STOP THE VIOLENCE RALLIES
These non-traditional youth leaders have built their capacities in a leadership in the process of planning, organizing, and mobilizing. Every year 250+ youths attend each of these rallies. The PARTI engages participants through a motivational speaker, entertainment, music, spoken words, fashion, cooperative games and activities. The PARTI collaborates with middle schools, high schools, colleges and CBOs to provide these needed activities for youth, as well as having a visible and strong impact in the community. These rallies and collaborated efforts have been a successful alternative venue for youth to express the violence they encounter on a daily bases.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION PRESENTATIONS
The PARTI staff will closely collaborate with community centers and neighborhood associations in San Jose to outreach and provide 4 violence prevention presentations annually. Through the violence prevention presentations, participants will have an increased awareness of the non-violence and learned practical ways to prevent the violence. Participants will be empowered by the presentation to work together to protect their communities and seek resources to help their youth to succeed in society.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CLASSES
The PARTI’s goal is to serve 200 uncomplicated high-risk youth, ages 11-20. In the duration of each quarter, each youth client will build their assets in 10 sessions. High-risk youths will be referred to the PARTI by teachers and administrators. These students, who exhibit complex high-risk behavior will also be outreached by the staff and college volunteers. The youth clients will explore sensitive subjects, presenting educational and informative subject matter in a non-intimidating manner that will help youths build confidence and self-esteem, and provides a positive social network. The program also helps youth to create healthy social networks and cross=generational/cultural connections by giving youth an opportunity to build positive relationships and interact with adult role models and their peers in a supportive group setting.
The PARTI staff will interact with clients to enrich and enhance a student’s connection to school through caring, engaging in classroom and school practices that facilitates the leadership development classes. Youth are empowered to overcome the challenges they face in academics, social connections, citizenship, and healthy decision-making by learning social and emotional life skills. This outcome is best accomplished through student participation in positive activities during and after classroom hours and involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. By placing youth clients in business models and teaching them how to outreach, recruit, organize community events such as ‘stop the violence’ rallies and service learning projects allows youth and college volunteers to have increased confidence to address and resolve problems in non-violent ways. The youth clients will increase their assets to make better decisions about their well-being.
The goal of Fusion is to showcase youth art, dance, and spoken word. Fusion also teaches participants business management and marketing skills to help further their advancement of art and cultural activities.
PARTI HEALTH PROGRAM
Since July of 2008, the Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (P.A.R.T.I.) Program has been hosting viewings of the PBS documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” The goal of this project was to educate the community, city and county officials, and community and civic health organizations about health disparities of noninsured HIV+ and high risk African Americans and other people of color, in order to begin dialogue to create change. Participation in over 120 middle and high school health rallies to promote HIV awareness, Physical fitness, and other topics that effects people of color. These activities include participation in local National Latino AIDS Awareness Day events, and local National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.