What is the Becoming Me program?
Kids Above All’s Becoming Me Program is a 15-20-week mentorship program catered to youth ages 10-18, who are at risk of violence, helping them obtain the skills and resources they need to set up their futures. Becoming Me’s Youth Support Specialists provide group and individual support to ensure the teens in the program establish personal and professional goals.
The program’s curriculum covers four modules, with the following objectives:
- Recognize the teens’ lineage through DNA testing to better understand where they come from and provide motivation for the future;
- Dive deeper into the program participants’ inner compasses, acknowledging its influence on their decision making;
- Tie together past and present experiences to help youth mold realistic and attainable visions of their future selves; and
- Understand the challenges brought by systemic inequalities within economic, political and social spheres.
Who are our Program participants?
Becoming Me serves young people, ages 10-18, on Chicago’s South and West Sides, who have been victims of violence, committed violence or are at high risk of falling into one of those categories. The specific neighborhoods include Bronzeville, East Garfield Park, Englewood, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Lawndale, Washington Park and Woodlawn.
If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in Becoming Me, please contact our Clinical Intake Program Coordinator Andre Tyler using the button below.