(Changing How I Negotiate Stuff)
CHINS & Urban Teens Groups
Bringing Teens, Family and Community Together!
The CHINS group is being offered in many communities to help deter teens from violence, drugs, and negative peer pressures (i.e., gangs). The goals are to empower youth to understand how they exhaust their power in many ways that makes them powerless. Family members are included to learn how to find means to support and not sabotage relationships with their teens, community resources (i.e., schools, colleges, churches, after school, and other areas of teen interest) are included to help with mentoring, tutoring, redirecting negative behaviors utilizing the teens cognitive and creative gifts. The CHINS team works diligently to outreach to community resources that will help teens find a means of feeling connected and hopeful. These groups end with “ID” (identification) an hour of creative writing about feeling powerful which will be transposed into a song, poem, book of songs/poems. These writings are placed in CD format and used on various social media. These groups will run 15 weeks for 2 hrs. a week; and several groups can be run at the same time with no more than 8 participants in each group. Those participants who succeed are used as peer mentors for the new groups. CCS is looking for financial supports to pay these teens a stipend for their involvement. A “Teen Talk” TV program is currently being developed out side of this program.
Purple Ribbon Project
Teen from the C.H.I.N.S. group who are giving back to those less fortunate. Teens prepare donations in the form of gifts for those who are homeless and for those families living in shelters.