The Care and Share Mentoring Program

The Care and Share Mentoring Program is a group-mentoring component of First and Goal, Inc., which supports and enhances the current intervention/prevention strategies utilized in school districts. The Care and Share mentoring program provides comprehensive services and resources for youth that assist in altering negative behaviors and develops character, life, and leadership skills. The program is designed to motivate students to set and achieve goals and expose them to the resources and tools needed to be effective and productive members of society. It also provides an invaluable first-hand individual and group mentoring experience, which increases the students’ confidence in themselves and their abilities to succeed in life. 

This program emphasizes character and leadership development in a group setting while effectively reducing academic failure, juvenile delinquency, gang activity, and other factors that may lead to at-risk behavior. The program encourages student growth in the areas of goal setting, leadership, positive self-image, academic achievement, conflict resolution, and self-confidence. The sessions are designed to provide students with the necessary tools and resources needed to be effective leaders in their schools and communities.

 

The sessions are modeled after four components:


  1. Group Mentoring – Exploration into social and academic issues, facilitate question and answer sessions, reflect on youth commentary, implement role-playing, and apply life applications. 
  1. Academic Improvement – Setting educational and career goals, conducting program evaluation, motivating students to prepare for college, and providing resources for college entrances.  
  1. Self-Image – Defining personal values, setting goals, redefining self-worth, assessing individual strengths and weaknesses, and exposing and maximizing natural talents.
  1. Character Education and Social Skills Development – Focusing on Leadership, team building, conflict resolution, violence prevention, community service, and evaluation of social strengths and weaknesses.  

The goal of the Care and Share Mentoring Program is to provide a program that will aid in deterring youth from juvenile delinquent acts and behaviors. The program also provides youth with opportunities that will enrich, empower, and equip them with the necessary resources and tools needed to be active and productive members of society. 

 

Program Objectives:


  • Provide positive mentoring relationships;
  • Build character in program participants; 
  • Promote positive self-image;
  • Develop strong leadership skills;
  • Increase critical thinking; 
  • Decrease the number of students engaging in risky behaviors such as substance and alcohol abuse, truancy, gang involvement, youth violence, and other risky behaviors;
  • Increase the number of youth who exhibit increased social competencies;
  • Increase the number of youth who report increased feelings of self-esteem and self-worth;
  • Increase the number of students who show a positive change in the quality of their relationship;
  • Increase interests in academic excellence;
  • Develop student interests in career exploration;
  • Increase the number of youth exhibiting an improvement in school involvement, attendance, and grades;
  • Increase the number of high school graduation rates of program participants; and 
  • Increase interests in higher education 

Read to Succeed Reading Program

The First and Goal, Inc.– Read to Succeed Reading Program is a reading program designed to encourage students about the importance of reading. First and Goal, Inc. partners with schools and provides a Read to Succeed mentor to support the school’s vision through a campus reading program or book club. The program is devoted to supporting school districts with the tools they need to encourage and allow mentors to inspire and build the literacy skills of today’s students.

First and Goal, Inc. – Read to Succeed Reading Program helps students to succeed by establishing supportive and beneficial relationships between students and caring adults to inspire students and build literacy skills. Read to Succeed mentors spend an hour each month reading some of the most engaging grade-appropriate fiction and nonfiction books to students. The mentor has a love of reading and understands the power it has to impact students’ lives.

Some of the positive outcomes of the Read to Succeed program are developing effective reading practice, motivation and improvement, improved self-esteem, ongoing and consistent community engagement, and relevant connections to the real world

“Our mentors are committed to supporting students with their time and dedication.”

– Tyrone Smith: Co-Founder of First and Goal, Inc.


Additional information:

Through our Read to Succeed Reading Program mentors provide:

  • An hour per month during the school year to a designated class
    arranged by the school;
  • A commitment to developing a meaningful connection with the local elementary school and class that they support; and
  • A love of reading and demonstrating the power it has to impact a student’s life

 

 The Read to Succeed Reading Program supports and prepares mentors by providing:

 

  • Program resources and yearly training;
  • Ongoing logistical and scheduling support;
  • Books and topic recommendations; and 
  • Support from a Read to Succeed Reading Program trainer.

 

 

Leadership Empowerment to Achieve Dreams Conferences

Leadership is an influence, and influence without the proper leadership skills can be destructive. Many youths would like to lead but lack the training and knowledge of how to accomplish this task. Exposing youth to opportunities to develop and nurture their leadership skills is a necessity for reinforcing positive peer influence.

Peers have one of the most significant influences over one another. We believe that to successfully combat the rising number of problems and issues facing today’s youth, the youth themselves need to be intricately involved in the process of creating the solutions. L.E.A.D
(Leadership Empowerment to Achieve Dreams) group sessions teach leadership skills and strategies to assist youth in leading successful initiatives and creating positive changes within themselves as well as their schools and communities.

 

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the L.E.A.D (Leadership Empowerment to Achieve Dreams) Youth Leadership Conference is to develop, train, and motivate youth to adequately and effectively use their influence to create positive changes within themselves as well as their schools and communities.

The objectives for students participating in the L.E.A.D. Youth Leadership Conference are as follows:

  • To identify and define the characteristics of a leader;
  • To improve their leadership abilities;
  • To target critical strategies for creating positive change;
  • To identify and maximize their opportunities to make positive changes in their schools and communities;
  • To make better choices and decisions;
  • To build confidence in their ability to make their own choices;
  • To empower students to strive for excellence and to value their
    self-worth and importance;
  • To learn the various aspects of leadership;
  • To determine the importance of teamwork and working together to achieve a common goal; and 
  • To understand the importance of working with their abilities and
    strengths as well as those of others to achieve a common goal

 

Leadership conferences and workshops include:

  • A professionally trained staff
  • Highly energized and interactive training sessions and workshops
  • Small and large group sessions
  • Team building initiatives
  • Large group activities
  • Student follow-up through an evaluation component 

Dream-filled and Drug-free Program

Through the Dream-Filled and Drug-Free Program, our goal is to make schools and communities safe by reducing substance abuse while encouraging and equipping youth to maximize their talents. We advocate a healthy lifestyle for all youth to achieve their dreams.

We teach youth to make responsible choices, and they are encouraged to display positive peer pressure and seek positive role models. We create an awareness of the dangers of drugs through education. Our team discusses topics such as communication, student relations, unity, perseverance, friendship, and healthy habits to encourage and enrich students with positive behavior or habits. The program is taught through motivational seminars, lively, action-packed general assemblies, and small or large group presentations.

To provide a Dream-Filled and Drug-Free atmosphere in schools, First and Goal implements curriculum and strategies that support our belief that all people have the right to a life free from substance abuse and its effects. Substance abuse prevention includes drug education, law enforcement, and treatment. Substance abuse negatively affects the safety and quality of life, building a barrier to self-development and a successful life. With this understanding, First and Goal seek to provide an educational environment and a positive social climate in all schools through innovative partnerships and community involvement.

Program Objectives

  • To challenge and direct youth to lead meaningful lives;
  • To help youth make responsible choices; 
  • To encourage positive peer pressure and youth role models;
  • To create an awareness of the dangers of drugs through education;
  • To discuss positive topics such as communication, student relations; and 
  • To discuss unity, perseverance, friendship, and healthy habits

 

Program Methods

  • Motivational seminars
  • Lively, action-packed general assemblies in schools, churches or community groups
  • Small group discussions and large assembly presentations
  • Referral and follow-up opportunities (assessing progress and further needs)

 

Program Beliefs

The Dream-Filled and Drug-Free Program is guided by the following beliefs:

  • We can make a difference through innovative partnerships;
  • Substance abuse hurts families and communities;
  • Everyone has the right to a life free from substance abuse and its effects;
  • Children are vulnerable and are entitled to our protection;
  • Substance abuse negatively affects the safety and quality of life of our communities;
  • Substance abuse prevention is crime prevention;
  • A balanced approach to prevention includes education, enforcement, and treatment; and
  • Substance abuse is a barrier to self-development and a successful life

Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program

College attendance is a critical component in raising the socio-economic status, social conscience, and educational levels of today’s youth. However, for many youths, the prospect of college attendance seems impossible. Lack of exposure and knowledge, academic failure, lack of ambition and drive, negative influences, and discouragement are just a few of the factors contributing to the reasons why youth today are not aspiring to attend college.

The Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program is committed to teaching our youth the power that lies within their possibilities. It is our goal to motivate youth to believe in themselves and to have the dedication and drive to make their vision of success come to life. We dedicate our time to showing youth how to turn discouragement and defeat into optimism and victory.

The Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program was created to increase high school graduation, college attendance, and college graduation rates. In addition to introducing youth to the college experience, this unique program also equips them with life application skills and methods to apply the classroom curriculum to their everyday experiences.

The Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program offers a first-hand residential experience, as well as exposure to college professors, curriculums, and multiple learning environments. Students receive college readiness training by attending different sessions. The sessions cover topics such as academic and social realities of college life, tips on successful study and classroom skills, choosing the right majors for future careers, dealing with stress, setting realistic goals, and finding the right financial resources for their needs.

By exposing youth to a college setting before attending a post-secondary institution can reduce students’ levels of anxiety and reduce the drop-out/failure rates significantly. When our youth learn the values of preparation, dedication, and self-worth, there truly is no limit to what they can contribute to their world. It is our goal to help our youth find the right path to making their dreams a reality. The sky is truly the limit for those who are willing to take the journey beyond their dreams.

Here at First and Goal, Inc., we have had the privilege to impact the lives of over 4000 students through our Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program.

 

Host Colleges:

  • Baylor University
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • University of Houston
  • Texas Southern University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Houston Community College
  • Texas State

 

Total Empowerment for Academic Motivation

Captivating, exhilarating, and motivating, are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when describing the clear and direct message delivered by “TEAM-First and Goal.” TEAM-First and Goal is committed to teaching today’s youth, the power that lies within their possibilities. Life is a journey, and if we allow life to happen, we may miss our opportunities to become successful. For this reason, our youth need to learn the value of setting goals, preparing for their futures, and becoming dedicated to reaching their dreams.

The impact of the message brought by “TEAM-First and Goal” leaves the lasting effect on the minds and hearts of everyone they encounter. Society has influenced today’s youth to believe that success is unobtainable unless you have extraordinary talents. It is our goal to motivate our youth to believe in their abilities and to have the dedication and drive to make their vision of success come to life.

By learning the values of preparation, dedication, and self-worth, there truly is no limit to what our youth can contribute to their world. It is our goal to help our youth find the right path to making their dreams a reality. The sky is truly the limit for those who have hope and believe that nothing is impossible.

TEAM-First and Goal has been privileged to impact the lives of more than 100,000 youth at school assemblies, sports camps, churches, and other youth events across the United States and Europe. During each encounter, TEAM-First and Goal emphasize the importance of education, goal setting, leadership, and conflict resolution, all within a fusion of a dynamic presentation.

TEAM-First and Goal remind its audiences that, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.” We use this popular saying to address young participants during competitive events, which emphasizes character building. However, the “Game of Life” does not take place on a field or court. The “Game of Life” exists as a constant battle between positive and negative attitudes. With this theme in mind and the understanding that one must have a successful game plan to achieve goals, our slogan, “A Game Plan for Life,” was born. There is a desperate need for our future leaders to learn the fundamental principles and values that will prepare them for life’s challenges. Helping students set and achieve their goals is the commitment of First and Goal, Inc.

During each encounter, TEAM First and Goal emphasizes the importance of:

  • Reaching for Your Dreams – “In Order to Achieve, One Must Believe”
  • Maximizing Your Opportunities – “Taking Action Today”
  • Knowing Your Purpose – “Developing A Game Plan for Life”
  • Building Your Legacy – “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish”

Equip 24/7 Leadership Development Program

The Equip 24/7 Leadership Development Program is dedicated to developing ways to change the problems at the heart of our students, campuses, and communities. It begins by building each individual and helping them to see the greatness inside of themselves. Helping others to unlock their potential creates better possibilities for our world as a whole.

Understanding the importance of not only identifying but also eradicating the issues that affect today’s students, former professional football player, and founder Tyrone Smith created the
Equip 24/7 Leadership Development Program in response to the lack of resources that stimulate as well as create growth among children, adolescents, and young adults. Equip 24/7 provides tools that empower and develop youth while encouraging them to take full advantage of each day to make a difference every day.

Dedicated to developing ways to change problems that exist within students, campuses, and communities, the Equip 24/7 Leadership Development Program intends to create change first within the
individual then within the world. The Equip 24/7 staff equips students with the skills, confidence, and character needed to lead productive lives and inspires them to reach beyond their expectations.

During Equip 24/7 Leadership Development Program, students will learn the importance of attitude, effective communication, creating positive change, setting goals, motivating peers, and formulating plans of action to achieve goals. Students will also focus on decision-making, as well as learning to cope with and overcome the results of wrong decisions. First & Goal, Inc. teaches students practical leadership strategies, techniques, and skills. Students are allowed the opportunity to utilize these tools during large group settings and team-building activities.

The Equip 24/7 Leadership Development Program curriculum will allow students the opportunity to use leadership strategies, and also challenge them to apply those strategies in making a difference in their schools and communities. Each student will walk away equipped with the necessary tools, encouragement, and resources needed to be effective leaders and strive for excellence in their lives.