About Youth Wellness
All of Switchboard’s Youth Wellness programs are evidenced-based and provided in one local university, 12 Miami-Dade public schools, and other community organizations that target youth at high-risk for behaviors leading to alcohol and drug abuse, early pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, teen violence and more. The goal is to provide youth with the skills to make choices that will positively impact their lives. Individual, family, and group counseling sessions are designed to keep families together by promoting healthy relationships.
Youth Wellness Programs
Project Protect is dedicated to empowering college students attending Florida Memorial University (FMU) and its neighboring Miami Gardens community, ages 18 to 24, to assess their lives and make educated decisions when dealing with drugs and alcohol, as well as providing information to help prevent and reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDs/VH among students. The program’s goal is to provide prevention strategies, rapid HIV testing and positive norms campaign or social media techniques to increase awareness and minimize risk factors.
Project Success is an educational outreach program offered in the Perrine Optimist Academy, Redland Middle School and Campbell Drive Middle School. In-depth sessions explore attitudes and behaviors related to drugs, alcohol, sexuality, cultural norms, school success, etc. Funded by Miami-Dade County.
Program EMERGE (Empowered Males Each Reaching Goals Effectively) focuses on at risk minority male youth, ages 14-18. Male youth enrolled in EMERGE receive empowerment services, mentoring, career services, emotional and family support services by way of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), a model developed by University of Miami’s Center for Family Studies, school-based prevention programming, and other positive youth development services.
The Teen Outreach
The Teen Outreach Program is for youth who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality. Guest speakers, field trips and community service projects provide opportunities for youth to explore questions and concerns. Funded by Miami-Dade County.
Project EMPOWER is a research based program that builds on the findings of other successful prevention programs by using interventions that are effective in reducing substance use and abuse at the community level in South Miami-Dade and enhancing protective factors. Project EMPOWER community educators are implementing efforts to middle school youth to prevent or reduce early initiation of alcohol and marijuana use, or delay onset.
Project Aware targets the population in City of Miami 33132 zip code, with focus on transition aged youth going to Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus. Through the program’s lifespan, Aware will build or expand the capacity to detect and respond to behavioral health issues impacting our community. Its’ primary goal in training and raising awareness is to connect those with behavioral health issues to needed services.
AWARE provides Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) an 8-hour training that teaches how to help those experiencing a mental health concern, an emotional crisis or a substance abuse disorder. MHFA empowers participants with a 5-step action plan to assess a situation, provide support and help connect to local resources.