Youth Initiative

Open to young men ages 13 – 17 years old.

Heroes in the Hood

Heroes in the Hood is a Youth Career Readiness Initiative (YCRI) working with system-involved youth aged 13 – 17 to mentor them over three years to instill work ethics and a sense of community pride. YCRI is a program designated to provide career readiness training, community restoration, and family strengthening.

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This program is endorsed by:
Dr. Stacy MoakProfessor of Social Work UAB
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“System-involved youth are particularly vulnerable to negative environmental influences in their communities. Far too many youths in Birmingham live in structurally disadvantaged areas and provide very little positive interaction with responsible adults.

As an academic, I have a foot in criminal justice and social work. I have researched and studied juvenile justice and community systems for most of my academic career. Based on that research, mentoring programs have shown promise in improving the opportunities for these youths to see new possibilities, complete high school, become job-ready, and become productive members of society.

I have been fortunate to work with this program and experience these youth. Many of them list their goal for the year as “staying alive.” No child should be concerned about staying alive from one year to another. I firmly believe that providing adult mentors and role models that young people can rely on will provide much-needed support to fragile youth during critical developmental times.”

Fast Facts

Heroes in the Hood
  • “HEROES in the HOOD” is a two-part, 24-week program. It is open to young men ages 13 – 17 years old.
  • Breakfast and afternoon refreshments will be provided.
  • Participants can receive a monthly stipend, contingent on being on time and demonstrating satisfactory participation.
  • The program will consist of healing circles and career readiness skills and provide a meaningful opportunity for young men to engage in community restoration and skills for entering the workforce.
  • Participants will be expected to adhere to all program rules and standards upon entrance into the program.
  • Participants and parents are required to attend a scheduled orientation.

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