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Youth Intervention Program (YIP)

The YIP (Youth Intervention Program) is a unique program designed to target youth involved in gangs or at the greatest risk of being involved or recruited by gangs.  The program has three components:  Recruitment, Enrichment and Empowerment phases.  Activities designed for this group of youth include, life skills development, community service, character building, arts and culture, prevention education on use of tobacco and other substances, one-on-one and group counseling, self-esteem development, youth development, social and recreational activities, athletics, academic enrichment, educational field trips and other positive activities.  These programs are designed to meet the human and developmental needs of at-risk youth while assisting them with life-sustaining skills.  Coordinators administer pre-assessments to identify needs of the youth served; and plan services, activities to address identified needs during involvement in YIP programs.  Coordinators provide intensive case management and are available 24 hours a day to provide emergency support to youth and their families.  Because of the intensity of the work of the Coordinators, it is suggested that they serve 20-25 youth. 

The Coordinators provide positive youth development opportunities and supportive services to young people ages 13 through 19 involved in or at high risk of involvement in gangs, violence and other negative behaviors.  The Coordinators develop and implement recruitment plans to engage youth in the YIP sit. The Coordinators ensure that participants engage in positive social, physical, academic and cultural activities under the guidance of a caring adult.  The Coordinators work to solidify participants’ connections with mainstream society by linking them with permanent educational and economic institutions and opportunities.  Coordinators are responsible for facilitating ongoing communication among participants, their families, community residents, and other community stakeholders.  Coordinators work with other Yip staff on the Crisis Response Team to prevent cycles of community violence in neighborhoods and schools.

Better Community Development (Male YIP)  
Midtown Neighborhood
3604 West 12th Street, Suite 203
Little Rock, AR  72204
(501) 663-9181 Contact: Deborah Bell, Director

Family Development Center (Female YIP)
Midtown Neighborhood
2725 West 12th Street
Little Rock, AR  72204
(501) 661-4001
Contact: Brenda Hill, Executive Director

Greater Second Care Center, Inc. (Male & Female YIP)
Southwest Neighborhood (North of Baseline)
5615 Geyer Springs Road
Little Rock, AR  72209
(501) 569-9988
Contact: Fred C. Harvey, CEO

LR Boys & Girls Club, Thrasher Unit (Female YIP)
Central Neighborhood (south of 630)
3301 S. State St.
Little Rock, AR 72206
(501) 376-2988
Contact: Patrice Ingram, Unit Director

LR Boys & Girls Club, Whetstone (Male & Female YIP)
Southwest Neighborhood (North of Baseline)
46 Harrow Drive
Little Rock, AR  72209
(501) 562-4082 Contact: Margaret Lewis, Unit Director

MOI/Bridge 2 Success (Male YIP)
Southwest Neighborhood (South of Baseline)
3409 Baseline Rd. Unit 4
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 565-0100
Rev. Ronald Wilkerson, Director

MOI/Bridge 2 Success (Hispanic Male YIP)
Southwest Neighborhood (South of Baseline)
3409 Baseline Rd. Unit 4
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 565-0100
Contact: Danny Morales, Coordinator

Promiseland CDC (Male & Female YIP)
West Neighborhood
4520 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 570-0048
Contact: Dr. Marquis Scruggs, Director

St. John - Unto Others (Male YIP)
Central Neighborhood (South of 630)
2501 S. Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72206
(501) 975-0900 Contact: Rev. Nathaniel Palmer, Coordinator

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