T4P—Training 4 Purpose


Jacoby Wright, Martez Trezvant, Trayvon Brown, Chico Pickrom, Kyann Scruggs



Each component will address the needs identified below by implementing a multifaceted approach that integrates the enhancement of protective factors that couple intentional high dosage intervention for our youth population. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the number of school days are almost equal to the number of non-school days, and even though the number are equal, 63 percent of juvenile violent crimes occur on school days. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of juvenile violent crimes occur during the 4 hours after school on school days between 3pm and 7pm. Most youth between the ages of 12-17 begin to experiment with drugs, alcohol, and sex during after school hours. T4P will be useful, valuable, and meet the needs and demand identified by: providing strategies that weave the goal of optimal health into every component, clearly communicating that teen sex is a risk behavior for both the physical consequences of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; as well as sociological, economic, and other related risks, providing information and practical skills to assist youth in successfully avoiding sexual risks, and providing youth engaged in sex with affirmation and skills to make healthier and risk-free choices in the future. The proposed approach will also integrate protective factors relative to the importance of providing youth with the opportunity to have positive relationships with caring adults.

We had a real talk session this week. I asked two boys why they were here. Most comments were along the lines of ‘I dont have anything else BETTER to do.’ and ‘I can work out and get stronger.’ etc. Of all the things the students shared about why they were at T4P, there were two comments that stood out the most...
— Archie Kern, Program Director
If I wasn’t here, I would be at home smoking weed. I usually smoke before my Mom gets home. Because I’m here working out and learning life skills, my Mom is already there by the time I get home so I can’t smoke! T4P is helping me to quit smoking.
— 10th grade student
I’m here to find myself. I dont know who I am. A lot of people tell me that others look up to me so I want to be a better influence...especially to my little brother.
— 11th grade student