BEST PRACTICES FLEXIBILITY – Open minded – Policies /procedures HOUSE TRADITIONS – Zero tolerance – Non – judgmental – Youth Friendly
PROMOTE + YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Youth Interns Advisory memberships Incentives Signage RHY TRENDS Confidentiality “Keeping it real” Evidence Based Approaches Outreach Efforts Safe Exit Strategies Reduce Stigma
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP Building the Bridge from Box to Bed: How Creative and Effective Outreach Practices can Engage Hard to Reach Street “Travelers”
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY : ANTQUAN J. SMITH, PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR SEA HAVEN STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM. CHRISTINA B. JACKSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SEA HAVEN, INC.
PROJECT LIGHTHOUSE MISSION SEA HAVEN STREET OUTREACH CENTER HAS AS ITS MISSION TO FORM ALLIANCES WITH FELLOW “TRAVELERS” WHOSE ROADS HAVE INTERSECTED WITH OURS. IN WALKING A COMMON PATH FOR A SHORT DISTANCE, WE MAY RECONNECT SIGNIFICANT LIFELINES, SHARE ACQUIRED WISDOM, AND ENHNACE THE ADVENTURE OF OUR COLLECTIVE JOURNEY.
STATISTICS “62% of runaway and homeless youth are never reported or sought after by guardians” According to the McKinney Vento guidelines. – 654 students were homeless in Horry County – 10,000 youth were homeless in South Carolina Sea Haven programs – 179 youth resided at the shelter program – 53 youth accessed the Transitional Living Program – 120 youth accessed the Sea Haven Street Outreach “drop- in” center. – Safe Place program 14 youth were counseled by phone, 5 were from Sea Haven safe place sites. – Youth not in school; not working 23,957 in SC, 1,116 in Horry County
SEA HAVEN STREET OUTREACH CENTER/PROJECT LIGHTHOUSE Ages up to 21 years Services include: ‘drop-in’ emergency crisis intervention, counseling, laundry facilities, showers, survival pack, food, educational materials, and assistance leaving the streets. Safe, comfortable, friendly environment. “Chillin” time Opportunities for high school and college students to make a difference. After school reading program – “Great Conversation”
STREET OUTREACH SERVICES Expanded Mobile Outreach (E.M.O) Street Outreach Midnight Outreach 4 th Quarter School Awareness Food Vouchers Combat Hunger
E.M.O Twice a week Sea Haven’s Project Lighthouse van visits outlying rural areas in Horry County to meet youth who have been reported as homeless, aimless and congregating in local areas. Survival packs of food, water, undergarments, personal hygiene supplies and an invitation to utilize Sea Haven services are provided.
OUTREACH EFFORTS STREET TEAMS – A Street team consist of a minimum of 3 individuals which include 2 senior staff, volunteer/intern, and other Sea Haven staff if necessary. – Street Outreach is conducted two afternoons a week in known youth hangouts. Program youth also participate in street outreach if able – Additional outreach includes visiting local food pantry-community kitchen, Libraries, parks, bus-stations, and shopping mall.
MIDNIGHT OUTREACH 3 individuals including 2 senior staff, volunteer/intern, Advisory members, and program youth can participate. Safety protocol: ED and local law enforcement have schedules, security management on the boulevard is in check with process, cell phones, program identification through t-shirts, picture id’s, and signage on van. ALWAYS REMAIN TOGETHER! Initial research of youth hangouts is completed in order to make efforts more efficient.
SCHOOL AWARENESS Outreach teams visit local high and middle schools weekly throughout the school year during lunch periods. We engage with youth, handout informational materials, and play games.
4 TH QUARTER Open house to the community youth once a month. Advertisement through flyers, word of mouth, and PSA’S. Video Games Card Games Ping Pong Much more…
FOOD VOUCHERS Food vouchers are given to marginal motels on the boulevard and at the E.M.O location sites to encourage youth to visit the street outreach center and access services. Safe exit strategy- This concept is used as a strategy to entice youth to explore the opportunities provided by Sea Haven. By distributing food vouchers the youth has a chance to visit, learn more about services, stay safe, and it provides food for a day.
COMBAT HUNGER Outreach program in the Transitional Living Program that provides weekend food for students in local High and Middle schools who are homeless/at-risk, or struggling. Chef Boyardee- pop tops Vienna Sausage Pop-tarts Peanut butter crackers Soup- pop tops Crackers Snack bowls Fruit cups 90-second rice- store brands Hungry Jack mashed potatoes- just add water Snacks- variety sealed
EVIDENCE BASED APPROACHES HARM REDUCTION APPROACH In recognizing the potential harm associated with street life, the program immediately provides services that will reduce the dangers while living on the street. The intent is not to abet street life but to reduce the daily risks for those youth…
HARM REDUCTION CONT. – Drop-in” center – Emergency assistance – Food, clothing, laundry facilities, temporary shelter, survival kit, and ID’s – Condom dispenser – Blankets and rain ponchos – Bus Tickets – Safe Place hotline – Wise Guys, Smart Girls – SC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign- “What could you do?”, S.H.A.R.P
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE Staff completely understand the impact of trauma and how to effectively maximize efforts without causing more trauma. The focus of the program is to help the youth overcome obstacles that may interfere with the ability to reach self-sufficiency and well- being. – Motivational Interviewing - a goal oriented youth center process that includes a non- judgmental counseling approach. – Nondirective approach to help youth explore – Collaborative workshops
SEA HAVEN SHELTER HOME Maintains a nine licensed bed facility for runaway, homeless, at-risk youth ages 13-17 Staff work 3-8hr shifts Referrals come from the Department of Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, Safe Place sites, schools, community, parents, and other agencies with knowledge of youth needing services.
Transitional Living Program Offers case management and life skills instruction for at-risk struggling youth ages 16-21. This program allows youth to move towards independence and self- sufficiency by achieving personal goals Combat Hunger
62% of homeless youth indicated that a member of their family let them know they were unwanted and are never reported missing by guardians.
Project Safe Place Youth outreach program that provides a safe haven and resources for youth in crisis. Youth get help fast with involvement from the community, partnerships with businesses, fire stations, schools and other community organizations. www.nationalsafeplace.org 94 sites in Horry County
National Safe Place Week Hosted by Safe Place Sites