Community Needs for Youth - Stressful situations can occur that affect our families, neighborhoods, and schools - COVID-19, illness in the family, death of extended family member, divorce, mental issues of a family member, lower school performance, and others. Having been a teacher and a counselor, my staff and I research and observe in our classroom presentations to decide the type of programs that can provide intervention and prevention. We find curriculums that meet national standards, are age appropriate, and family/educator approved to implement in the classrooms.
The Ambassador Progeram - A need we addressed in our programming for middle schools is "Would youth respond to older peers instructing them"? The answer is YES. The Ambassadors have been in existence for 15+ years. This is a unique program because the ambassadors are high school juniors and seniors who are selected from the public, private, parochial, and city schools. They are nominated by their school based on strong moral character and a desire to help younger peers then afterwards interviewed by Crittenton's staff. After being selected, the Ambassadors attend a training in July that is essential to developing confident leaders/Instructors to teach youth ages 11-13 or grades 6th - 8th.
Community Outreach - Provides speaking engagement upon request to schools, clubs, churches, and other youth organizations as well as television and radio spots to address the various teen issues.