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Prevent and Prevail Facilitator Training – January/February 2017

Prevent and Prevail is looking for teen facilitators to co-lead our sessions, teaching peers about important topics and how to protect themselves.

These are youth ages 15-18 who want to build their leadership skills, make money, and give knowledge to younger peers.

Potential facilitators should attend our 6-week training. The training will be 2 hours/week on January 21st, 28th, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 12-3pm at the Clubhouse, 104 S. Huron, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Teens will be paid per hour.

Prevent & Prevail is a program created by youth between the ages of 13 and 16 after learning that the HIV infection rate is highest in the 13-23 age group. The goal of Prevent & Prevail is to have open discussions in a safe, confidential, fun, and all inclusive environment. Teen facilitators receive over 20 hours of training before leading a series of information sessions and discussions for their peers. Some of the topics of discussion include: sex, HIV and other STIs and STDs, relationships and intimacy, respect and consent, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and drugs. Teens learn how to keep themselves safe by practicing ways to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs and STDs in Washtenaw County, as well as how to prevent teen pregnancy and protect themselves within relationships. They also learn more about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, which not only gives TLGBQQ (transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning) youth information that is important to their lives, but also promotes acceptance and reduces teen-to-teen harassment and bullying due to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Youth who are interested in facilitating Prevent and Prevail should attend our 6-week training. You will learn accurate information about relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality, as well as how to lead icebreakers, group discussions, and activities. Interested youth should contact Gail at gail@dedicatedtomakeachange.com or call 734-358-1402

College Visits

UPDATE!!
Here is our revised college schedule:
Monday- no tour
Tuesday- Washtenaw community college (specifically culinary arts and criminal justice)
Wednesday-Kettering college (engineering/STEM)
Thursday – Wayne State
Friday- Bowling Green University (specifically their arts department)
If you are interested let Gail know- as soon as possible

Hi everyone!
We are taking trips to schools each day of the August 22-26 week. Please read below to find out more information. Each trip has a small cost per participant to cover gas. Everyone is welcome — priority goes to students in the 12th, 11th, 10th, and 9th grades.
There are many colleges and universities in the area and it would take several weeks to visit them all, so we chose five schools whose programs closely align with the dreams and goals of DTMAC participants. The first line of each shares the reason we chose the school.
 
Schoolcraft College – Livonia, MI (30 minutes away)
DTMAC participants have expressed interest in culinary, cosmetology, construction, and manufacturing programs — Schoolcraft has these programs and more. This school also has many liberal arts and science programs, business, public safety, criminal justice, health professions, and much more. We are visiting on August 22nd. This trip costs $5/participant.
 
Oakland University – Rochester, MI (1 hour away)
A main reason we are going to Oakland is because it has an Ethics Bowl team, and at the tournament in February, an instructor offered a team member a scholarship to attend Oakland University if he would be on the team. This school has many programs, including liberal arts, sciences, public safety, nursing, and social work. We are visiting on August 23rd. This trip costs $10/participant.
 
Kettering University – Flint, MI (1 hour away)
This is school is all about engineering, so DTMAC youth interested in engineering: look no further. Kettering offers programs in electrical, mechanical, chemical, and computer engineering, and more. We are visiting on August 24th. This trip costs $10/participant.
 
Baker College – Flint, MI (1 hour away)
This is another option for youth interested in nursing, culinary arts, public safety, auto/mechanics, and more. The school is a career college, so it focuses on applicable skills and career training programs such as those listed above, as well as engineering, education, human services, transportation, and more. We are visiting August 25th. This trip costs $10/participant.
 
Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, OH (1 hour away)
This school also has lots of programs, but the main reason we are going is because of its extensive list of 3D and 2D art programs — 2D programs: painting and drawing, photography, printmaking (including digital art). 3D programs: ceramics, glass, jewelry and metals, and sculpture. It also has a full range of liberal arts, sciences, engineering, business, social work, education, mechanics, and health professions programs, and much more. This trip costs $10/participant.
 
For a full list of programs of each school, or a list of schools that offer a certain program or major, please contact us.
If you’re interested in visiting these colleges with us, please contact us.
Have a good weekend!

Summer Jobs Available!

Why the Summer Work Skills Program?

Studies show that the summer months can be a critical time to build on the foundation of the previous school year — and prepare for the year ahead. From summer reading to trips to the museum, there are tons of ways to inspire your child.
View summer job skills and calendar here.

In the Summer Work Skills Program (SWSP), youth are preparing for the future.
Programs are 2 hours a day, five days a week~
June 27 – August 26

Youth sharpen their skills and gain valuable knowledge

Math Immersion, Science, Literacy and Writing, ACT Prep, College Tours
✓ Improve reading, writing and math levels
✓ Develop practical methods for progress
✓ Two hours of daily practice to improve skills
✓ Energize students with the desire for continued success
✓ Empower students to their education

Our proven programs help youth gain skills essential to their future

✓ 100% of youth hired at DTMAC graduate high school
✓ 100% of youth become on credit level for their grade level
✓ Paying youth encourages the focus on academic, learning new skills, and financial literacy
✓ 126 Washtenaw County Youth have become knowledgeable about consent, and protecting themselves from STD/STIs, including HIV and AIDS, through Prevent and Prevail

The Summer Work Skills Program benefits Ypsilanti

✓ Investment in the future
✓ Create change to make a better life and future
✓ Intergenerational interactions with the community
✓ Students are directly involved in making a positive change

Interested? Email gail@dedicatedtomakeachange.com!

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Prevent and Prevail Facilitators Training

Calling youth leaders!

We will soon be doing another run of our youth-led sexual education and empowerment program, Prevent and Prevail.

In order for that to happen, we need youth facilitators to run the sessions!

So, we are having a 3-Day Facilitator’s Training for youth interested in co-facilitating sessions of Prevent and Prevail

The training will take place March 11, 12, and 13, 2016 at the DTMAC Clubhouse, 104 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti, 48197

Schedule:

Friday, March 11th, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm — Orientation and expectations

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 from 11 am to 6 pm — Training

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 from noon to 6 pm — Training

We will cover:

– How to lead icebreakers, group discussions, and activities

– Accurate information about relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality

Call 734-358-1402 and talk to Cleo or Gail for more information!

P&P training announcement

Teen-Run Activity Planning (T.R.A.P.) Continues Saturdays

Our teen activity planning program, known as T.R.A.P., will continue into this fall. Sessions will be on Saturdays beginning September 19, from 12-2 pm.

This past summer, youth organized a number of events for their community, including a Glow in the Dark Teen Party. Read about it here: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/08/dedicated_to_change_holds_teen.html#incart_related_stories

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Ethics Bowl Practice

Every Monday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 starting September 21st, Dedicated to Make a Change participants will prepare for the 2016 Ethics Bowl.

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DTMAC Youth represent Ypsi Community High in the 2015 Ethics Bowl

Prevent and Prevail is Back!

DTMAC is hosting our teen-run HIV/AIDS and sex education program, Prevent and Prevail, at the Jim Toy Community Center in Braun Court in Ann Arbor near Kerrytown. Wednesday evenings sessions begin September 23rd through November 11th from 6 to 8 pm.

Youth oin us in an open discussion of sex, identity, STD prevention, and more.

Prevent and Prevail Fall 2015