In our ever-growing in-house APCH Shaheen Scholarship Program, 71 youth were awarded scholarships to attend two and four year institutions and trade schools across the country. Students also received academic and social/emotional support and guidance from our college counselor. These individuals are now pursuing studies in Music, Political Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and much more.
In the past year, our internship program has successfully expanded to include 32 BTF program members participating in our in-house internship program. Teen Interns are placed in departments that correspond with their desired (or suggested) vocational skill development to train and mentor under department supervisors. Interns receive a modest stipend in return for their service to APCH in addition to gaining valuable job training that includes administrative work, customer service, writing and others. In addition to learning valuable on the job skills, members become part of a team environment, participate in staff meetings, and gain insight on how a nonprofit business operates day-to-day.
Our GirlPower! and Journey programs provide boys and girls between the ages of 15-18 with life skills training in self image/self esteem, decision making, time management, etiquette/public speaking, college and career preparation, and community awareness. In the previous year, 15 girls participated in GirlPower! which culminated with our GirlPower! Awards Luncheon that honors women who inspire the work we do. Our Journey program successfully incorporated 10 young men into activities and presentations focused on preparing them emotionally and socially for adulthood. The next phase of both GirlPower! and Journey is to launch a fully developed Mentoring Program for tweens and teens of APCH. In the next year, we will hire on a Mentoring Coordinator to supervise and oversee the pilot phase of this initiative.