Forestdale: Engaging YouthEach month, the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence spotlights the work of a STYA provider. Our thanks go to Darrell Bridges, who shared this month's story.
At Forestdale we are committed to creating a community where mentors and role models listen, encourage, and believe in our children. We have created a place where children feel supported, heard, and valued. Our motto is to empower children to speak their truth, and encourage them to take responsibility for their choices.
Forestdale, Inc. is a child welfare organization, offering services to children and families primarily in the Queens area. Our STYA program offers tutoring and mentoring for youth 9 to 12 years. Tutoring is offered October through June while the mentoring program runs August through June. The STYA program is divided into four 12-week sessions. Each session has a different theme: Express Yourself, Move Your Body, Make Your Mark, and Do Your Dream.
Our weekly discussion topics are primarily chosen by the facilitator and mentors, although sometimes the youth participants are given the opportunity to make the selection. We occasionally show movies with the goal of identifying teaching and discussion moments that look at character development, relationships, and main ideas.
We are privileged to partner with a number of community organizations, such as Culture for One and Lab for Robotics Education, that provide educational and recreational opportunities around the New York City Area. Activities include board games, art, photography, and robotic workshops. Our trips range from roller skating to the NYC Ballet, Broadway plays, NY International Children's Film Festival, Guggenheim Museum, UniverSoul Circus, to name just a few.
The Lab for Robotics Education facilitated two introductory robot building workshops. Students were shown how Play-Doh and aluminum foil act as a conductor for electrical current.
Mentors and mentees are engaged in an Art Therapy workshop in which children are encouraged to use the creative process to express themselves through the medium of painting.
On our trip to the Joyce Theater, NYC, participants of our program wait to have their playbills signed by members of Ballet Tech Kids Dance Company.
Previous SpotlightsThe following documents are in PDF format:
Spotlight 1 - Engaging Youth: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Spotlight 2 - Involving Parents: Niagara Falls Housing Authority
Spotlight 3 - New Experiences: Orange County Youth Bureau
Spotlight 4 - Engaging Youth in STEM Workshops: Mount Vernon Youth Bureau
Spotlight 5 - Connecting Youth to Community: Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Spotlight 6 - STEM Zombies and Mad Scientists: Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Spotlight 7 - Collaborating to Build Skills: Metro Council for Teen Potential
Spotlight 8 - Cultivating Civic Responsibility and Creativity: Central Queens YM & YWHA
Spotlight 9 - Exploring the Meaning of STYA: YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County
Spotlight 10 - Innovative Field Trips and Discussion Activities: New Alternatives for Children
Spotlight 11 - Creative Literacy Program: Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo