The shelter’s Day Program runs daily from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. It is a combination of workshops, interactive lessons, and field trips designed to give young people the tools they need to thrive. With an emphasis on advocacy and self-respect, participants identify their goals and values, learn self-care strategies, develop skills for managing their emotions, and criteria for making sound decisions.
Through activities like art therapy, trips to the YMCA, healthy cooking, creative writing, and engaging discussion, participants are provided with a number of means to share and learn in a safe and secure environment.
Workshops on goal-setting and values are incorporated into the Day Program. Given the specific needs of the youth we serve, the following four topics are rigidly fixed in the Day Program calendar.
The Day Program runs a four week unit on self-care. Beginning with issues of hygiene (such as showering, oral care, laundry, and room maintenance) the unit also incorporates workshops on sleeping, stress management, communication and self esteem. Semi-weekly trips to the YMCA are incorporated into the program to address the value of exercise and physical activity. This is a certificate program: residents who complete all four workshops are provided with a personalized certificate acknowledging their commitment and learning.
Nutrition and Healthy Cooking:
Every month the shelter offers a Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Program. The program is introduced monthly with a workshop designed by a nutritionist, where participants learn to read labels and meet dietary needs. This is followed by a workshop on safe kitchen practices and a trip to the grocery store where the ingredients for an inexpensive but healthy recipe must be purchased within the budget. During the final week participants use the kitchen at the Jane Street Hub to prepare the recipe. This is also a certificate program.
Anger Management and Conflict Resolution:
In Anger Management, participants first identify their anger style, their triggers and the scenarios that prompt it. This is followed by an examination of different strategies for dealing with their anger, and applying those strategies to hypothetical and real situations. Conflict Resolution begins with an examination of different responses to conflict, where participants identify both how they react to conflict and the advantages and disadvantages of that inclination. Participants then examine a number of conflict resolution styles, determining when and how to apply each one.and identify scenarios where these different styles are best implemented. A resident who completes all four workshops is given a certificate as recognition of their growth and learning.
Ready, Set, Home:
In Ready, Set, Home, residents participate in workshops that inform them of their housing options, as well as provide them with the skills and awareness required to transition out of the shelter system. Landlord and tenant rights, the process of securing housing, effective budgeting skills and other pertinent topics are covered over the course of the month. The direction of each workshop is tailored to the specific concerns and interests of the clients in attendance so that they may address their individual concerns. Ready, Set, Home is also a certificate program.