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Sarges Community Base, Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing physical, academic and social programs that teach today's youth basic life skills that enable them to feel capable and successful in their lives. In addition, we offer adult programming to encourage and sustain the parents of the children in our youth programs
YOUTH PROGRAMSCOMMIT II ACHIEVE: Sarges Community Base, Inc. has been a prominent entity in helping local at-risk youth and juvenile offenders enrich their lives through the Commit II Achieve Program. This program offers its participants a comprehensive curriculum which includes an academic component facilitated by credentialed teachers, mentoring, discipline drills, self development, leadership training, physical training/conditioning, anger management, life skills, gang prevention/intervention, and a host of business professional guest speakers, Altadena Fire Department (Unit 12), Pasadena Police Department (Explorers), Outward Bound Adventures, and Altadena Sheriff Department. Specifically designed for youths from ages 7 to 17 years old. The Commit II Achieve program is an intensive Boot Camp that is held year round during or after school hours and/or every Saturday for a six month course. Highly trained staff and certified educators help facilitate the program which challenges students both mentally and physically. The mentorship component of the program will expose youth participants to various career industries and would work towards guiding each student on a path that would lead to higher education. Through this program, students will be taught self discipline and confidence through drills that combine verbal motivation and military style-training techniques. As a result of Sarges' core curriculum, students will acquire stronger leadership and teamwork skills, improve focus and gain self motivation. PARENT PROJECT: The tougher it gets to be a kid...the tougher it gets to be a parent!Gangs. Drugs. Alcohol. Family disintegration. Today's youth face unprecedented pressures and problems. It is no wonder so many of them have given up on resisting society's ills and have started reflecting them. While this may explain their difficult, defiant or destructive behavior , it does not excuse it! Parents need to learn effective prevention and intervention techniques in order to help their children. The Parent Project delivers results!
- Prevent (or stop) children from using alcohol, other drugs and tobacco.
- Put an end to parent-child arguments!
- Improve children's grades and school attendance.
- Recognize and prevent gang involvement
- Learn how to "out-will" a strong-willed child!
- Aerobic Capacity
- Abdominal Strength
- Trunk Extension Strength
- Upper Body Strength
- Body Composition
This program offers its participants a comprehensive curriculum which includes mentoring, discipline drills, physical training, anger management, life skills and an academic component facilitated by credentialed teachers from the Pasadena and LA Unified School Districts.
Highly trained staff and certified educators help facilitate the program which challenges students both mentally and physically. The mentorship component of the program will expose youth participants to various career industries and would work towards guiding each student on a path that would lead to higher education. As a result of the CIIA mentorship core curriculum, students will acquire stronger life, leadership and teamwork skills, improve focus and gain self motivation.
The CIIA Mentorship Program will support 50-100 9th graders during the school year. The program will be held on 2-3 days within a one month period depending on the number of students who commit to participating in the mentorship program. Our curriculum will consist of the following:
--CIIA Program Orientation for Mentors and Mentees
--Lemon Squeeze and daily wrap-up
--Monthly themes (prepared around different careers and work industries, guest speakers, and related activities)
--College Prep (encouraging high education or trade profession, informing students of classes needed in order to apply to college, scholarships, etc.)
--Time Management (assisting student in transitioning in high school, monitor progress reports and tutoring, parental involvement)THE SUSPENSION SOLUTION: Working with the principals through an "Alternative to Suspension Program", Sarges Community Base, Inc. has developed a suspension program. Students, who are suspended, would be required to report to Boot Camp, which would be conducted every school day on a designated school campus. Students would be required to dress in gray sweats, tennis shoes, and gray tops and report promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students would participate in academics, physical training, leadership, and character development activities until 12:00 p.m. The program would be staffed by a qualified credentialed teacher and a physical training instructor. The staff would cover up to 15 students. After the first 15 students, another staff member would be added. Cost to District : Lost Average Daily Attendance (ADA) or Safe School Grant would pay for the program. School districts all over the country are struggling to reduce the staggering number of dropouts. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over the last decade, between 347,000 and 544,000 10th through 12th grade students left school each year without successfully completing a high school program. The national dropout rate for the 2006-07 school years was as high as 54%. Additionally, data released in July 2008 by the California Department of Education showed that nearly 14 percent of Pasadena Unified School District students dropped out during the 2006-07 school year. The information showed that the highest number of dropouts occurred in the 9th and 12th grades. While some factors associated with dropout rates, like poverty, are beyond the reach of district policy, others like chronic absenteeism and behavior issues are not. Students begin to disengage from school in their early teens. A prevention and intervention program targeting truancy and behavior during these fundamental school years is a key period in which to offer these programs.
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