Youth Services

Project P.E.A.C.E (Promoting Education Access, Compassion and Engagement

Project P.E.A.C.E.  is a coordinated, multi-discipline and innovative Minority Youth Violence Prevention II approach to significantly reduce the prevalence and impact of youth violence among racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged at-risk youth. The project services address: public health, education, and public safety concerns; disparities in access to public health services; social determinants of health; and risk and protective factors.  This four-year project provides services to 100 youth who receive core services that include: Academic Education, Healthy Relationship Education, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mentoring, Work Readiness Capacity Building, Community Policing, and Holistic Case Management. We partner with the Milwaukee Police Department, U.W. Madison’s Pre–College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellences (PEOPLE), Milwaukee High Schools, and Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Ph.D., President & CEO, JCF LLC, who is conducting an impact evaluation.

To learn more about this program, contact LaKesha Reid at 414-270-4679.

Project F.A.M. (Finding Abstinence Matters)

The Center for Self-Sufficiency’s (CFSS) Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program (SRAE) titled Project FAM is delivered to 1,800 youth, ages 10-19, who reside in the City of Milwaukee, and is designed to increase the proportion of youth who:

  • resist non-marital sexual activity and resist sexual coercion;
  • report increased understanding of healthy relationship behaviors, dating violence, and the benefits of marriage;
  • develop a success sequence plan for poverty prevention; and intend to refrain from underage drinking and illicit drug use.

Guided by Trauma Informed Care principles, Educators facilitate the Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education curriculum, an evidence-based curriculum, along with five strategically selected lessons from Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0 (RSP+3.0). The five lessons are: 1) Principles of Smart Relationships; 2) Is It a Healthy Relationship? 3) Decide, Don’t Slide!; 4) Dating Violence and Breaking Up; and 5) Communication and Healthy Relationships. A CFSS licensed professional counselor (LPC) screens youth for ACEs using the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool and a basic needs assessment. Based on the CANS and assessment results, the LPC identifies and provides trauma-informed care services. And, together, the Educators and the LPC provide case management and community resources to a total of 450 most vulnerable, high-risk youth (225 each year).