To make available to at-risk youth and families a seamless system of preventing, preservation and intervention services which promotes family life on behalf of the youth.
To Educate, Advocate, and Facilitate individuals; by training and motivating program participants to become healthy citizens, teaching personal accountability, providing mentors, academic/job support and training, strengthen communication skills; while providing support and intervention services through community collaborations, in an effort to strengthen families, increase public safety, reduce recidivism and the school dropout rate in the class of the at risk populations.REDEFINE Project is a non-profit organization that addresses individual, family and community needs. Individuals become healthy citizens by learning personal accountability; families gain benefit by being strengthened through advocacy and support; communities benefit as we assist the matter of public safety, helping to reduce recidivism for that individual.Redefine Project strengthens communities by focusing on youth development; inspiring young people towards academic excellence, and personal accountability.Our program addresses the problem of youth having challenges making transitions, the problem of increasing dropout rates, public safety and recidivism.Founder/Director Donny Smith, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience working with young people. Having work experience in the areas of school social work for children with emotional challenges, child protective services, foster care and adoption and family and child therapist.The project was founded in response to the problem of youth having challenges with accomplishing the milestones which lead to success, not having the basic tools and skills necessary to become healthy citizens; youth are not experiencing success during times of transition, from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to young adulthood.The high school dropout rate currently at about %1, and among those who do stay in school to graduate about 1% read only on a 4th grade level, the rate of incarceration is a little over 1% and the rate of recidivism is over 50%. The latest statistics indicate that 1 in 5 youth have some mental, behavioral or emotional problem and 1 in 10 has serious emotional issues.
•Working with African American Boys•Treatment Approaches for Traumatized Children and Adolescence•Talking with Youth and Children in Crisis•The Secret Life of Families•Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse•Mentorship•Children in Foster Care•CPR/First Aid•Bullying•Social Skills Development