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G&L provides tutoring, mentoring, counseling, educational assistance, arts and crafts, drama and dance, and extracurricular/enrichment activities, to youth between the ages of three and eighteen. Our mission is to assist youth in developing positive self-esteem and moral values while encouraging academic excellence. G&L's goals are to empower youth by promoting:
1) academic excellence,
2) substance-free lifestyles, and
3) provide them and alternative to youth crime.
The objective of this project is to promote education, values, positive attitudes, high levels of self-esteem, and strengthen students and their families; so that they can avoid a life of welfare and crime. The purpose of this project is to decrease and discourage youth involvement in sex, drugs, crimes, violence or other maliciousjuvenile behaviors.
Mr. Wilson long dreamed of such an organization since growing up in a poverty-stricken community. His personal commitment to break the cycle of poverty, violence and helplessness, marks every aspect of this project. Genesis & Light and other concern citizens have joined Mr. Wilson in reclaiming and rebuilding our communities in order to give our youths a sense of hope and security, and an ability to dream.
G&L’s primary purpose is to provide an alternative to drugs, violence, and teen pregnancy. G&L targets those youths in the Virden Addition, Georgeto wn and Shady Oaks area, whose families’ income is at or below federally established poverty level or in crisis situations. G&L offers self-help projects that focuses on strengthening students, families, and communities emotionally, socially, financially, physically, intellectually and spiritually. The self-help projects also promote education, values, positive attitudes and high levels of self-esteem in such a way to avoid a life of crime or a life on welfare. The ultimate goal is to make each youth self-sufficient by providing him/her skills needed to succeed in the workplace and/or college. To accomplish its goals, G&L has organized a youth program for those at high risk. G&L creates services and link individuals to agencies that are normally non assessable, unaffordable, or simply do not exist. As a community-based agency, we stress a partnership with the church, the community, the school and the state government with the management and overall purpose of this project.
Many families in the Virden Addition, Georgetown, and Broadmoor communities feel a sense of hopelessness in changing their situation, especially in the light of many anticipated governmental changes. G&L provide youths with tools that will not only enrich their lives, but will allow them to make transgenerational changes. The youths that G&L impact will be able to make positive decisions and changes in their lives. G&L believes that by providing this support it will help end the rampart use of drugs, decrease the number of teenage pregnancies and teach alternatives to a life of crime. Thus youth will become a positive societal influence, rather than a negative societal statistic.
- Albert Wilson
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