Prevention Programs for Youth

The prevention programs for youth offered through a partnership between Housing Opportunities, Inc. and the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake (HACSL) are designed to: prevent the use of drugs and violence, promote academic achievement, and build the life skills necessary to become outstanding members of the community in adulthood. These programs are free to all children and teens living in our nine low-income public housing communities for families. We have been providing programs since 1992. Program include the “Kids Program” for youth ages 5-13 and “Leadership and Resilency” for teen ages 14-17. Please see below for more information about these programs.

KIDS PROGRAM:

WHO: The Kids Program is an after-school program for youth ages 5-13 whose families live in low-income Public Housing Communities owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake. The Kids Program is an important service in which 200 Public Housing youth participate in each year. Please click here to read a success story about one of our youth participants:  Success Story.

WHAT: By using interactive activities, academic assistance, and the best practice program, Too Good For Drugs and Violence, our program has been helping public housing youth succeed since 1994. Youth participants and their families both agree the Kids Program is highly successful. In a recent year-end program evaluation of parents 100% saw improvement in their child’s homework and 95% saw improvement in self-esteem. In a similar evaluation 95% of youth participants learned drugs are bad for them and 100% of felt safe at the program.

WHEN: The Kids Program is offered on-site at each Public Housing Community twice a week for two hours per session throughout the academic school year. On-site programming addresses the needs of our public housing families who may not be able to access alternative after-school programs because of transportation barriers.

Housing Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to provide the Kids Program free of charge to participants through generous support from funding partners: Salt Lake County Division of Substance Abuse, Corporate Sponsor UBS Bank, American Express Center for Community Development, G.E. Capital, Kennecott Utah Copper, and Zions Bank.

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM:

WHO: The Leadership and Resilancy Program is an after-school program for teens ages 14-17 whose families live in low-income Public Housing Communities owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake. The Leadership Program is an important service which utilizes a national award-winning best practices curriculumm. This year 50 Public Housing teens participated in the program. These teens are the first in Utah to participate in the Leadership and Resilancy Program.

WHAT: The Leadership Program meets twice per week throughout the year. One meeting takes place after a school day and teens build good study and life habits. A second meeting takes place every Saturday. This meeting is focused on activities. The activity session alternates between outdoor recreation and service learning. By participating in outdoor recreation our teens are able to exercise their risk-taking habits in a postive way in addition to become better exposed to resources in the community. By participating in service learning our teens are able to become active members of the community and gain empowerment by helping others. Our teens have provided valuable volunteer time at the Humane Society in addition to other community projects.

WHEN: The academic porition of our Leadership Program is offered on site at two Public Housing Communities. Teens living at the other communities are provided with free transporation to and from the site by program staff. All teens are provided with free transportation to and from weekend activities by program staff. The Leadership Program is offered throughout the academic school year.

Housing Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to provide the Kids Program free of charge to participants through generous support from funding partners: Salt Lake County Division of Substance Abuse and the Daniels Fund.