The school groups consist of referrals made by school staff or at times other students. There are two types of groups:
1. Students who are individually referred and subsequently formed into a therapy group.
2. Natural friendship groups, youth gangs that are referred in their entirety.
School groups meet during the school day using the schools facility, once a week, for one period. The periods are rotated each week so that the student does not miss the same class each week. Sessions are built to address issues on communication, poor grades, truancy, violence, and alcohol and drugs. For more information, please contact Mo or Lisa at (808) 833-8775.
“Adult Friends for Youth were working hard in the field with their direct, hands-on approach to specifically help these youth gang members since the early 1990s. At the time, their methods were viewed as controversial by many, and I admit that I myself was not fully convinced of their effectiveness. But today, I have no doubts – because I have seen AFY staff work tirelessly and tenaciously, year after year, with their energies clearly focused on doing what’s right and best for our kids. AFY staff have mentored and positively changed so many lives – lives that were seen by others as lost causes.”
“They never looked at us like we were bad kids and always supported us. They never judged us and accepted us as we were. As time went on and we learned to trust them and AFY, we slowly started to make changes. We changed to the point where we stopped fighting … continued to attend group sessions and even as our worker changed over the years, we were always made to feel important and valued.”