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Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley


Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley$734,898
 
Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Implementation, Year 3 (2011)$50,000
Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Implementation, Year 2 (2010)$175,455
Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Implementation, Year 1 (2009)$197,560
Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Pilot (2008)$210,021
Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Planning Grant (2007)$101,862
 
Year:2011Amount: $50,000
Title:Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Implementation, Year 3
Recipient:Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
This will be the final year of funding for Choices. The Boys and Girls Club of Webster-Dudley is continuing to direct at-risk youth ages 12 - 15, toward positive alternatives by offering programming on a variety of issues to help youth make better choices. Counselors from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) are on site regularly and offer a weekly program dealing with self-esteem and self-confidence. Choices is using MSPCC's Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) to measure functioning in various areas such as school, home, behavior and mood, and has seen improvements in those youth who regularly participate in Choices programming. Their advocacy agenda includes continued support for the Children's Mental Health Campaign, including efforts to require coverage for coordinated care and working to ensure that the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative is implemented effectively.

Project Director: Mr. Tony Poti
Fiscal Agent: The Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
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Year:2010Amount: $175,455
Title:Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Implementation, Year 2
Recipient:Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
The Boys and Girls Club of Webster-Dudley is continuing to direct at-risk youth ages 12 - 15, toward positive alternatives by offering programming on a variety of issues to help youth make better choices. Counselors from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) are on site regularly and offer a weekly program dealing with self-esteem and self-confidence. Choices is using MSPCC's Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) to measure improvements in functioning in various areas such as school, home, behavior and mood. Participants have been assessed at 3-month intervals and have shown improvement in functioning in these areas. Their advocacy agenda includes continued support for the Children's Mental Health Campaign, including efforts to require coverage for collateral services and working to ensure that the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative is implemented effectively, in order to enable behavioral health counselors to continue to provide services to the youth on site at the Boys & Girls Club.

Project Director: Mr. Tony Poti
Fiscal Agent: The Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
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Year:2009Amount: $197,560
Title:Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Implementation, Year 1
Recipient:Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
The Boys and Girls Club of Webster-Dudley plans to continue and expand the Choices program which is a comprehensive approach to direct at-risk young people toward positive alternatives. They plan to focus on youths 12 to 15 years old. In the pilot year, they had 57 youth participate in the program. More than two-thirds between the ages of 12 and 15. The few older teens who also participated in the program were often used by the staff as aids and to serve as role models for the younger participants. MSPCC counselors are regularly on site at the Boys & Girls Club and offer a weekly program dealing with self-esteem and self-confidence. Choices will continue to use MSPCC's Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) to measure improvements in functioning in various areas such as school, home, behavior and mood.

Their advocacy agenda will include continued support for the Children's Mental Health Campaign, most notably for the legislative effort to require coverage for collateral servcies.

Project Director: Mr. Tony Poti
Fiscal Agent: The Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
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Year:2008Amount: $210,021
Title:Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Pilot
Recipient:Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
The Boys and Girls Club of Webster-Dudley will pilot the Choices program - a comprehensive approach to direct at-risk young people toward positive alternatives.  In this pilot year, the program will seek to enroll 30 young people, between the ages of 12 and 18, and keep them enrolled in the program with the overall goals of improving their school performance and reducing their involvement with the juvenile justice system.  Choices will use some of the programs that have been developed by the Boys and Girls club nationally and that have been shown to be effective with young people.  In addition, the Boys and Girls Club will work with the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) to provide the counseling services that may be necessary for some of these young people.  Some of the young people enrolled in the program will be trained in the research and evaluation techniques so that they will be able to continue to measure the impact of these and future programs on the youth of Webster-Dudley.

Project Director:  Mr. Tony Poti
Fiscal Agent: The Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
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Year:2007Amount: $101,862
Title:Choices: A Program for Youth at Risk in Webster/Dudley - Planning Grant
Recipient:Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
The Choices program is a comprehensive approach to guide 50 at-risk young people to positive alternatives.  The planning grant will enable the communities of Webster and Dudley to identify current best practices in youth programming, complete a community needs assessment and analyze what programs will be best for their communities.  The goal will be a program plan that is designed to increase the number of youth involved in positive activities outside of school and increase parental involvement in these activities, while at the same time reducing youth arrests, the incidence of substance abuse and the number of fights among youths in these communities.

Project Director:  Mr. Tony Poti
Fiscal Agent:  The Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley
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