RYPP is an ongoing program that will house up to twenty (20) youth ages 18 – 24. The men will have the option to select between groups, class and therapy sessions Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm. There will also be the following activities available based on need and interest:
· Vocational Groups (twice a week)
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Employment Search
- Interview Preparation
- Proper use of Social Media
- Professionalism & Etiquette
· Prevention Groups (substance abuse, violence, gambling, gang activities)
- Marijuana Use
- Alcohol Use
- Other Recreational Drugs – Pills, Codeine, Meth, etc.
- Anti-Bullying Laws
- Social Media & Bullying
- Conflict Resolution
- Gamblers Anonymous Group
- Detroit City Council Youth Violence Prevention Task Force Meetings (Monthly)
· Prevention Outings (one a month – courts, detention centers, rehabilitation centers, etc.)
· Recreational Activities – Softball (Spring), Basketball (All year), Exercise (All year)
· Community Service (weekly)
- Mariners Inn – Community Clean Up
- Vanguard CDC
- Habitat for Humanity
· Group Therapy Sessions (weekly)
Each consumer will develop an individualized Independence Plan with the Project Coordinator that will follow them through all other programs (treatment, outpatient, housing, etc). Their Independence Plan will document the sessions they have chosen for the week. The men who are going through substance abuse treatment will follow the treatment schedule for their first 30 days, complete the Didactic form and still meet weekly with the RYPP Coordinator. From the 31st to 90th day they go into the prevention track with the RYPP Coordinator and begin the transition into housing.
Once the Independence Plan is completed then the Coordinator will recommend groups and sessions based on the consumers’ needs. The consumer will meet with the Program Coordinator weekly to track progress.
The Program Coordinator will facilitate a multidisciplinary team conference of counselors, therapists, and coaches bi-weekly to track progress of the consumer. They will look for ways to assist them with their Independence Plan and reach the goals the consumer set. Not only does it empower the young men to track their progress and set goals for their future; it will significantly decrease their chances of being homeless. The schedule of activities will keep them engaged, expose them to creative options and legal ways to make money and possibly reducing the time spent loitering, participating in gang activity and drug use.
- Reduction in Episodic/Chronic homelessness
- Reduction or elimination of Chemical/Alcohol Dependency
- Reduction of Physical/Sexual Exploitation
- Family Reunification
- Employment or Educational Achievement (based on Independence Plan)