D.A.P.S. MENTORING PROGRAM

"Building Futures"

Who We Are

         BUILDING FUTURES HELPING AT-RISK PEOPLE REDISCOVER THEIR POTENTIAL         

D.A.P.S. (Developing Attributes Producing Success) Mentoring Program

Under the leadership of Dr. Onika T. Brown D.A.P.S. is a program designed to restore the lives of at-risk individuals who have been broken by the toils and snares of life. Our target group includes the incarcerated, ex-offenders, youth, young adults & teens that are troubled and those that are in disadvantaged areas. In our present program we are working diligently with several other agencies and ministries in providing empowerment and leadership. D.A.P.S. Mentoring Program will continue to provide services on a daily basis by the way of Personal Development, Training, Mentoring and After School Enrichment that will bring advancement to our communities.

D.A.P.S. will focus on the issues that plague this target group in and across our communities and to provide alternatives that will empower and assist them in moving from a life of negatives and dependency to a life of self-sufficiency, renewed spirits, and positive possibilities. Our objectives focus on several health and healing essentials such as social development, personal development, education, job readiness, financial management, work therapy, family healing and also on the important influence of spiritual awareness.

PROGRAM VISION

D.A.P.S. (Developing Attributes Producing Success Mentoring Program) is a 501c(3) organization that has a vision to become a premier faith based program nationwide to empower and bring restoration to the lives of at-risk individuals.

PROGRAM MISSION

To provide resources that will produce empowerment for the participant and our communities. We provide transitional facilities for at- risk individuals, Empowerment Centers for our youth and teens and Schools for Training.

PROGRAM GOALS/OBJECTIVES

Program Participants will participate in a career development program that will increase their sense of responsibility, motivation and self-concept, will participate in a career development program that will increase their knowledge of career planning and preparation. Clients will participate in prevention programs and the skills developed in his program will increase their knowledge of relationships, parenting, anger management and personal development. 

Create a mentorship program facilitated by caring adults specializing in the areas of spirituality, education, physical and behavioral health. Educate youth on basic life skills and career choices that are reflective of their talents and desires. Assist youth/teens with identifying their purpose and produce teen leaders. Develop collaborations between the community, educational system and parents. Build character, self-esteem and identity.

Provide information on relationships, leadership, social etiquette and grooming. Increase parent, teacher and community awareness of positive related topics. Provide information concerning health, education and teach critical thinking skills for the future.

D.A.P.S. will meet these objectives through the following components: 

Personal and Character Development: will focus on helping individuals to discover who they really are. They will explore their inner selves and do comparisons with negative images painted by others that have pre-determined who they are and/or will become. The comparisons should deliver messages that will enhance their self-esteem and identity.They will also learn about family values and relationship strengthening. 

Purpose and Destiny: includes the importance of having a relationship with a higher being of and the importance of knowing their destiny. Both the young men and women will be lead in Christian Bible study, taught and encouraged to always trust the word of God knowing that destiny is not a destination but an eternity.  

Prevention: will explore the dynamics of healthy relationships with self and with members of the opposite sex. We will explore such topics as dating, sex, abstinence, trust, betrayal, boundaries, and circles of influence. Individuals will re-discover that they do have choices in life and challenges from the choice they make. Abstinence until marriage sessions will be taught as well as the effects of smoking, drugs and alcohol use. Weekly discussion/rap sessions with professionals will be held to discuss issues that teens face today.

 Social Values: young ladies and young men will have etiquette sessions. Consultants will teach on various topics as: communication, self-esteem, image, grooming, table etiquette, proper attire, etc. Students will have monthly opportunities to present what they have learned about being socially inclined. They will participate in 2 semi-annual planned social events.           

Life Skills: sessions will explore topics as debt, investments, checking and savings accounts, household management and organization. They will also explore career choices. 

Education/Career Wealth: is where individuals will learn the importance of receiving a rounded education that can lead to great jobs and lasting careers. They will receive assistance with schoolwork, college prep, and acquiring their GED/Diploma if needed.  All students in the program must participate in the educational component. 

Parents Plan: is where teens will sit in on sessions with their parents. They will understand what parents deal with on a daily basis as parents. Special sessions on parenting, finances, communication and team building with their children and families will be taught. These sessions focus on developing and improving communications and relationships between parents and children.

Mentoring: will provide caring adults who are certified to team up with the judicial system to turn non-violent youth offenders around before they turn violent.  Services will include rehabilitative and preventive strategies that are designed to reduce youth crime and incarceration.   

Our program will provide youth/teens with year round support in the form of school enrichment and after school programming.  Others will receive services on a weekly basis through special sessions. These sessions will be held at our program site as well as behind the walls for those that are still incarcerated. 

    RE-ENTRY/ TRANSITIONAL FACILITIES

Another phase of our project is that D.A.P.S. will provide transitional facilities for young men and women who have been incarcerated and released or have fallen into hard times. They will stay in the facilities from 6-18 months on average.  While at the facilities, participants must attend all scheduled classes fitted around their work schedule and must attend all Christian education and worship sessions. They will be provided with food and clothes as necessary.  They will also receive assistance to complete their education and attend college.

The facilities will house males and females separately but we will also have a family facility to accommodate up to four families. A family consists of a male/female married couple with or without children, or a female with small children. Each area of the family facility will have a great room, kitchen, 1-3 bedrooms and bathroom.  Adult residents of the family facility must work or attend school and must also attend Christian education fellowship. Youth residents will attend school and participate in the D.A.P.S. program and activities. 

PERSONAL FINANCIAL ACCOUNT

 These funds will help those in the program with temporary assistance for such as clothes, food, and utilities if needed. Funds will only be used to help those who are applying themselves to the program principles.      

Through the services we offer, we will fulfill our mission to provide support, mentoring, counseling and transitional support that will teach skills to equip and empower troubled youth and adults and to help them to develop and improve their morals and character to become positive and productive in life through character building, financial counseling, college preparation, after school enrichment and much more.