JR Brothers Vocational Automotive
Many youth today are involved in violence, gang activity, drugs, and alcohol. These teens are labeled at-risk because of their potential for legal consequences as well as their destructive choices. The non-profit group, JR Brothers Ministries, has developed a program that engages at-risk youth in positive choices through mentoring, job skills, and counseling. The program involves an automotive vocational school that offers free programs to at-risk youth and reduced fee automotive services for community members in Travis and surrounding Texas counties.
JR Brothers Vocational Automotive proposes to:
- Provide services for youth ages 16-20.
- Identify at-risk youth and engage them to obtain a credential.
- Closely link youth to the job market and connect them with employers.
- Impact youth to achieve employability skills, occupational skills, and employment success that will lead to self-sufficiency.
- Demonstrate measurable and desirable youth performance outcomes.
JR Brothers Vocational Automotive focuses on the following needs believed to be necessary for success:
- High expectations of student achievement
- Emphasis on basic skills
- An orderly climate
- Regular evaluation of students’ progress with clear feedback
- Provide social support (counselors, teachers, etc.),
- Ample use of praise for good performance
- Smaller school and classroom size
- Firm, but not severe discipline
- Widespread opportunities for children to take responsibility
- Higher proportion of teacher time interacting with class as a whole
- Active involvement in the learning process
As a result of the program, JR Brothers hopes to instill the following key personal characteristics that will enhance the well-being of its students.
- Social skills
- Self-confidence and independence
- Delay gratification / restraint /impulse control
- Stress tolerance
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