Last year, at the Street Potential graduation, we asked the participants what surprised them about the program. “I knew with Street Potential I’d be getting a job, but I had no idea I’d get a family,” one youth said. Street Potential is an intensive program for teenage boys committed to the Department of Youth Services. Participants learn what it takes to be successful through a curriculum that includes job training, art, music, exercise, speakers and field trips. Street Potential provides counseling and everything from academic to systemic support for the families and the young men, many of whom have experienced severe trauma. Our goal is to guide the youth and help them succeed, when many others have lost faith in them and even they question their ability to realize their dreams.
These young men are filled with hope and potential; they just need the support and the opportunities to thrive.
Please believe in these youth as we do and help give them the chance they need.