111 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse , NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-4181
Fax: (315) 443-3976
Title: PATHWAYS (Positive Alternatives That Help With Affirming Youth Success) Youth Empowerment Program
Project Director: Horace Smith, Ph.D.
Project Amount Funded (FY 2006): $245,000
Target Population: African American and Hispanic/Latino Youth, Grades 6-8
The PATHWAYS Youth Empowerment Program seeks to advance the performance of a cohort of 40 youth, who attend Shea School , in the key areas that affect their academic and personal success which are: physical and psychological safety, appropriate structure, supportive relationships, opportunities to belong, positive social norms, skill building, and integration of family, school and community efforts. The PATHWAYS program is implemented by Syracuse University in collaboration with: Catholic Charities Vincent House, CONTACT Community Services Inc., Partners for Education and Business, and the Spanish Action League/La Liga. Daily after school activities (Monday through Thursday) and a four-week summer program are conducted at the Shea School youth center. The academic component of the program provides participants with tutoring and mentoring, and offers opportunities to conduct college visits and participate in community-based service learning projects. The personal development component includes health and wellness programs, recreational activities, peer mediation, and adventure learning. Drumming, dance, drama, and art focused activities are part of the cultural enrichment component. In addition, sessions in life skills training and the Second Step program (a classroom-based social skills program) are provided, as well as field trips to theater and dance troupe performances to increase their cultural awareness. The career development component provides participants with aesthetic experiences and opportunities intended to link academic achievement to specific career outcomes. Such experiences include career coaching and mentoring. Weekly sessions are provided at the virtual college and career center, and participants make quarterly visits to area technical and high schools. The summer program consists of four hours of activity each weekday morning and provides intensive academic support to ensure continuity of gains made during the school year. The summer program also includes workshops on health and family life, youth development, and substance abuse. Other activities include family programming that is designed to enhance parenting skills and parents' awareness of support options for their children.