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Organization: Salvation Army Holyoke Corps.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.
Program: Bridging the Gap
Mission Statement: Bridging the Gap's mission is to educate youth on the resources and tools needed for them to make better decisions for themselves and ultimately attain a more promising future.
Bridging the Gap is a twelve week life skills program for at-risk and high-risk youth ages 12-17 years old (18) in High School. Bridging the Gap works with the district attorney's office, probation departments, courts, police departments, the Department of Children and Families and local schools. We take referrals from all these sources, as well as from parents and other agencies that work with youth. Youth attend the program after school for three days a week (two to three hours each session) depends on activity. Group discussion, brainstorming, videos, worksheets, and other creative activities are used to aid youth in understanding and benefiting from the lesson.
In addition to the core life-skills education, the participants have an opportunity to eat together and have some time to enjoy recreation and/or sports under the supervision of BTG staff. Personalized tutoring, art and
music lessons and computer literacy are also offered. Guest speakers from
the community are invited to share their expertise in the subject areas.
Field trips include various colleges, museums and outdoor recreation opportunities such as kayaking on the Charles and visiting the seashore.
BTG aspires to:
Prevent further involvement in illegal activities
Improve self-esteem and reduce confrontations with peers
Strengthen communication, trust, and understanding in
relationships with friends, parents, family members, and
other authoritative figures
Learn anger management skills and conflict resolution
Improve attendance and performance in school
Recognize and develop natural talents and abilities
Develop a sense of responsibility and morality
Understand that there are consequences for every choice
that is made
From healthy decision making skills
Discuss teen related issues and concerns
Become familiar with community resources
Promote community service and involvement
Connect youth with job opportunities
Connect youth with mentors
When program is completed youth will have a graduation and will receive a year free membership at the YMCA in Holyoke. Youth will also be able to participate in the Peer Leader program.*