One Degree at a Time (ODAT) – FCR’s highly trained mentors assist at-risk youth of predominantly racial and ethnic minorities to move past obstacles, and fulfill their potential in this unique, intensive 10-week program. Parents are also mentored and supported through the crisis.
One Degree at a Time (ODAT) – “Change the Way You Think and Act!”
Full Circle refuge is committed to assisting at-risk youth by helping them to redirect their paths through utilization of the One Degree at a Time program. ODAT is a ten week intensive program where youth who are at risk for delinquency are guided and taught how to change the way they think and act, reclaim a life of fulfillment, and walk away from disillusion and deception.
Components of this program:
Life skills training, including topics such as goal setting, decision-making, conflict resolution and self-esteem are addressed. The curriculum for the sessions includes team-building skills, listening skills, negotiation skills, and violence prevention.
Goals and Expectations
Reduce recidivism rates
Encourage family restoration
Reduce truancy and chronic absences from school
Prepare youth for self sufficiency and academic success
Develop work & social skills; terminate gang affiliation
Demonstrate an environment that respects and honors diversity so as to discourage binding together of groups for destructive purposes
Structure resources for long-term success
The program is designed to address many of the increasing social needs, that at-risk youth face which lead to affiliation and/or membership in gangs. The expected outcome from participation in the program is:
Participants will express a greater commitment to stay in school.
Participants will have increased self-esteem.
Participants will develop greater relationships with family.
Participants will demonstrate less risk taking behavior.
Participants will demonstrate a greater sense of belonging.
Participants will demonstrate increased pro-social involvement.
Participants will develop a greater resiliency to avoid gang membership.