Strategy for Children At Risk
1. Raising Children to succeed workshops
This workshop can be done online or face to face and it’s designed to give parents and caring adults the required knowledge and skills to build meaningful relationships with the children and youths in their lives. It is chocked full of information, all based in the scientific literature and it will help the participants to transform the lives of their children and youths.
2. School of Success
We will be launching the “school of success” which will provide a success framework for the children and youths who are at risk. Operation R.E.S.C.U.E. will conduct Mandatory Success Workshops for children and youths to guide them on a path to success. The program was developed in Canada by Frank S.D. Alexander B.A, M.Ed. This success workshop should be mandatory for all students and unattached youths in the community. At the completion of the program, each student will participate in a graduation ceremony and a certificate of completion
This program will look at the six critical areas for success:
1. Faith-the foundation of success
2. Family-the cornerstone of success
3. Career- Source of meaningful and productive work
4. Learning styles and work habits-Functional real-world skills
5. Civic and social responsibility– We must leave the world a better place than we found it.
6. Results – Setting goals and accomplishing them
The school of success will take the form of in person workshops or online through Zoom or a social media platform such as WhatsApp. The faculty will be made up of professionals with years of experience in:
- Mental health and addictions
- Criminal justice
- Social services
At the completion of the workshops, there will be a blessing ceremony and a personalized blessing written out for each child.
3. The Blessing Ceremony
Dr John Trent and Gary Smalley did extensive research on the benefits of giving the gift of unconditional love and acceptance to children. When this happens, the results are phenomenal.
In many cultures, such as among the Jews, there’s a significant milestone of each child where a special ceremony is held and the child is recognized in a special way by the adults in the family. This is something that is lacking among many of our children and youths and it would make a difference in the trajectory of their lives.
4.Following Up and Mentoring
Every child will be assigned to at least two adult mentors who will have be responsible for follow up, assessment and monitoring the progress of that child using the frame work for Success as a marker. The mentors will provide weekly progress report in team meetings via social media or Zoom.
- Qualified individuals will be recruited and trained to form teams which will engage children in homes, schools and communities. They will be equipped the knowledge and skills to build meaningful relationship with children and youths, helping them to access appropriate resources in the community.
- Teams will consist of at least two individuals will be assigned to schools to work with the teachers to identify children who are at the greatest risk for failure.
- These children would be referred to Operation R.E.S.C.U.E. for a comprehensive assessment.
- Following consultations with the various stake holders such as families, teachers and community leaders such as pastors and members of other community organizations, a comprehensive plan of engagement will be developed for each child.
- This plan will be individualized to the needs of each child, taking into consideration the unique circumstances which exist in each child’s life.
- The purpose of the plan will be to set attainable goals for each child and identify each areas of need, with action plans to accomplish each goal
- The plan will set goals in every area of the child’s life namely:
8. The most responsible person will be assigned to each goal that has been developed in the plan. It will be that person’s responsibility to ensure that there is supervision to ensure that the particular goal that is assigned to them is met.
9. This plan will be reviewed and signed off by all the stake holders such as parents, teachers, the child and community leaders.
10. The plan will guide every action of the child and there will be clear expectations and consequences.
11. The plan will be reviewed frequently and the necessary changes made to ensure the effectiveness of the plan.
12. The plan can be incentivized to encourage motivation on the child’s part, but intrinsic motivation will be best practice.
13. Operation R.E.S.C.U.E. will be responsible for the commission and supervision of all plans.
14. Operation R.E.S.C.U.E. will do the following:
- Conduct frequent visits to schools and liaise with teachers and guidance counsellors regarding the performance and the well-being of each child under the care of Operation R.E.S.C.U.E. (O.R.)
- Conduct home visits to liaise with parents and guardians regarding the well-being of each child.
- Liaise with community stakeholders such as pastors to ensure that each child is engaged in meaningful activities outside of the home.
- Attends important appointments with the child to provide support and encouragement. Some of these appointments can be for medical or legal purposes.
- Assist families to access resources in the community such as employment, education, housing or medical in nature.
- Conduct seminars and workshops for educators, parents and the general public to enhance knowledge and skills such as parenting styles, positive communication, relationship building and
- Conduct daily team meetings with stakeholders to discuss matters of urgent concerns and to develop daily interventions.
- Conduct assessment of each child to develop a trusting and caring relationship.
- Provide regular feedback to parents to ensure that they are actively engaged in the progress of each child.
- Establish a crisis response team and a crisis emergency telephone line to address emergency concerns and intervene accordingly. This emergency telephone line will be operated on a 24 hours basis and will be staffed by professionals who are proficient in crisis intervention skills.
- Refer children for professional services such as psychological counselling where necessary.
- Have award recognition ceremonies where each student/youth is recognized for their intrinsic worth and value as human-beings.