The youth at risk NGO have an objective of transforming the chaotic lives of the young individuals through persistent and compassionate mentoring. The economic and social situations that are experienced calls for a quick intervention so that the risk behaviors of youths can be dealt with. There are ways that are implemented to give the youth a new chance in life and a fresh beginning. The NGO aims at inducing a new way of thinking among the youth to effectively reduce the risk behaviors.
The current trend shows that many youths get engaged into aggressive and brutal activities in the daily operations in the society. These behaviors should be discouraged for the sake of better security of the community. There is a need to support the at-risk youth non-profit organizations to ensure active participation of the entire community members. An effective nationwide system must be put in place and it will cater for the need of the youth at the local and national level.
The category of the at risk population must be distinguished. This includes the need to realize the number of children and the adolescents that are included in the at risk population. This category is often exposed to alcohol and the drugs available, society and mass media violence, and the high poverty rates in the society.
The non-profit organization introduced the Young Parenting Division involves a fatherhood program and a woman to woman program. The fatherhood program took a period of four months and it aimed at helping the fathers who were young (16-25) years. The dads were required to support their families and be part of the bringing up of their children.
The woman to woman program took a period of nine months and it focused on raising awareness to the teenage mothers and the young girls who were exposed to the risks of poor education and an early premature sex. The programs goals included: to prevent pregnancy in teenagers, to improve the sense of self-worth and strengthen the relationships with parents.
The research showed that about 30% of teen mothers dropped high school and 31% of the young mothers also give birth to a second child in the next two years. The program ensured that 90% of the young mothers who were at risk of dropping from school did not drop and this took a period of four years to be achieved. 45% of the teen mothers also continued with their college education and 90% prevented giving birth to a second offspring. The fatherhood program ensured that all the young boys were not victims of school dropouts and they never engaged in criminal activities.
Non-profit organizations for at-risk youth structure had their staffs at three levels: the strategic levels which includes the top directors, the operational level that have the middle level managers and the action teams and the tactical level staffs that was made up of the people who are actively involved in the day to day operations. The organizational structure ensures that activities are planned in an orderly manner and the allocation of funds is done on equal distribution terms.
The application for sponsorship is important so that the donors can see the need to allocate funds for the non-profit organization. The funds will help the smooth operations of the organization at the goal and mission will be met. The at risk youths are the one that will benefit a lot because their lives are in safe hands.
Awareness creation and sensitizing the community are important techniques that are used by the non-profit organization to ensure that they are successful in their plans. The social media is powerful tool that will be useful in enhancing cohesion and co-operation of the youths.
The data collection, analyzing and dissemination is a useful process that will lead to increase in productivity and improved efficiency of the non-profit organizations for the at-risk youth. This will ensure that the youth fully co-operate with the activities of the organization so that they can better their lives and escape the risky behaviors.
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