At the Smith Hill CDC, we recognize the importance of providing youth in the neighborhood with programs that can help them grow. That’s why we offer developmental activities that can assist them in their personal, professional, and academic lives!
Youth Resident Activity Program (YouthRAP) became part of the Smith Hill CDC in 2002 and has been a launching pad for many of our programming efforts. Youth residing in Smith Hill CDC’s LIHTC units met on a daily basis to engage with friends after school and interact with adult mentors. The program provided educational activities that increased school attendance and decreased negative outlets. Since YouthRAP’s success, the start of other programs have begun:
Smith Hill CDC Stewardship: A teen employment program and that focuses on the needs of participants and community. Cleaning the neighborhood, working at community gardens, and hosting events for children are the roles of the Steward.
Workforce Employment and College Readiness: A program to be developed for graduating youth. Participants will receive help in applying to colleges and/or preparing for full time employment.