Supporting At-Risk Youth
Keeping Our Promise-Protecting Our Future: Improving Educational, Social, and Emotional Outcomes for At-Risk Populations, through a community partnership led by OLCDC, provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services through care coordination to students displaying at-risk behaviors in three local elementary schools (Robert B. Ingram, Nathan B. Young, and Golden Glades) to positively affect their educational performance. The partnership is funded by The Children's Trust and includes OLCDC, The Institute for Child and Family Health, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine's Neighborhood HELP program, Tri-Star Leadership, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Center for Child and Family Enrichment, Miami-Dade County Department of Juvenile Services, target elementary schools, and other local organizations. The partnership meets once a month to discuss progress, program goals, upcoming events, and client cases.
OLCDC recognizes the value and importance of providing a comprehensive system of care and support that improves outcomes for children and supports their families more effectively. The program focuses on building more supportive communities, improving coordination of services, and strengthening cohesive engagement among schools, families, agencies, and service providers. During the 2013-2014 school year, Keeping Our Promise assisted more than 60 families. OLCDC expects the Program to provide services to a greater number of families living in Opa-locka and adjacent neighborhoods in 2014-2015.
Student referrals to the program can be submitted by schools, local churches, law enforcement agencies, local child and family service providers, etc. To make a referral, complete and fax the Referral Form to (305) 919-4053.