Celebrating 25 years of empowering at-risk girls.
On December 24th, 1988 (Christmas Eve), AFG conducted its first street outreach shift on the streets of Detroit. A single van was dispatched to those areas of the city where girls and young women gathered and engaged in high-risk activities, such as substance abuse and street-based prostitution.
Staff and volunteers reached out to them, offering information, food, a harm-reduction kit, a ride to AFG or other safe place, or simply a kind word. Over the years, and with the help of volunteers, Outreach was expanded on the streets, to include multiple vans and shifts, and reaching out to the broader community, providing workshops and information about how young and adult women can reduce the risks and danger in their lives. Further, strong programs were developed on site at AFG; these programs were implemented and grown, and, today, continue to educate participants about positive choices and help them change their lives.
Peer Educators are a unique resource for Alternatives For Girls. Young people, whose personal experiences mirror many of those that other participants bring to AFG, connect with teens on the streets and in community settings. Teams of Peer Educators facilitate workshops at dozens of Metro- Detroit sites on topics such as HIV/ STI prevention, anger management, self-esteem building, healthy relationships, consequences of alcohol and drug use, and more.
For more information about Outreach Programs, please contact:
Phone: (313) 361-4000
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