970 N Seacrest Blvd Boynton Beach Fl 33435
The Summer Youth Institute hosted by Pathways to Prosperity, Inc. was designed to help young people living in Boynton Beach between the ages of 15 and 18 learn about family caregiving and develop life skills and social growth. Participants had the opportunity to learn about job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and family caregiving. Youth learned about available services and organizations in Boynton Beach and their contribution to the community. Participants were matched at learning site with the City Boynton Beach Utilities Department and Parks & Recreation Department where they learned about the city and valuable job skills. The program was a collective effort from local partners and organizations (Pathways to Prosperity, Healthier Boynton Beach, St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, Genesis Community Health Center, Community Caring Center, City of Boynton Beach and The American Association of Caregiving Youth). The youth learned about family caregiving from each other experiences and decided they wanted to have a positive impact in the lives of youth family caregivers. This was an opportunity for our young people to learn and showcase their creativity and innovative ideas to improve the community. The youth did a wonderful job presenting their project on Friday August 4th 2017. Each youth had a role during the presentation. They shared their experience over the last 6 week and thanked everyone for allowing them the opportunity. The youth caregivers shared their experience as a youth caregiver and some of the challenges and situations they are faced with daily. Understanding the role of a family caregiver, the youth decided they wanted to support others. They created a youth support group. Group Name: Youth Empathizers Purpose: To reduce stress and provide support to youth caregivers. The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month to discuss issues and solutions to support and reduce stress for youth caregivers. The group will plan activities quarterly to allow youth caregivers to enjoy themselves and relieve stress.