Safe Healing Programs

The Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) Community School

What is the Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) Community School?

The ETU Community School located on the Lake Clifton Campus offers a holistic integrated systems approach that encompasses all aspects of enriching the lives of youth, families, and communities. The Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) Community School is funded by The Mayor's Office and Baltimore City Schools.

What is the mission of the Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) Community School?

ETU Community School's mission is to enhance outcomes for students in academic and non-academic areas; strengthen families and develop communities through coordinating resources and viable partnerships.

What we do and who we serve?

We primarily serve students, families, and the community surrounding the Lake Clifton campus. We coordinate activities and provide services and resources in the areas of academic achievement, youth development, physical and mental health, parental involvement and engagement, family strengthening, economic empowerment and workforce development.

Our efforts include the ETU After School BOOST Program serving 200 students this school year, Street Soldiers/Violence Prevention Training for parents, students and teachers, Street Soldiers/Violence Prevention Model as in-school suspension alternative and class elective, BCCC youth and adult Pre-GED/GED and Computer Classes, The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension which includes 4H Health and Nutrition, Horticulture, Assistance and Family Therapy Services, LLC Mental Health Care Services and Parenting Workshops, The Mobile Dentist Smile Program, The Baltimore Youth Apprenticeship Program (BYAP) serving 115 Foster care and Community youth and the "Hoop Village" Hoop House Community growing system project.

The Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) After School Program

The ETU After School Program offers youth participants intensely focused training modules (courses). These modules are delivered via workshops, adult/peer and peer/peer guided discussions and experiential formats. The ETU After School Program targets a broad range of older youth with various needs. The ETU has a reputation of genuinely supporting youth and has become a well known resource for giving youth hope, increasing academic proficiency, and extending a multitude of opportunities.

The Street Soldiers Alive & Free Program

What is Alive & Free?

Alive & Free is the name of the violence prevention prescription of the Omega Boys Club/Street soldiers-a nationally recognized youth development and violence prevention organization headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Co-founded in 1987 by Dr. Joseph E. Marshall Jr., Omega's mission is to keep young people alive (unharmed by violence) and free (from incarceration).

What is the history and background of the Alive & Free Movement?

The Alive & Free Movement was created by Dr. Marshall in 2006 in response to the increasing numbers of inner city youth dropping out of school and being incarcerated or killed. In Birmingham, Alabama in 2006, the Movement was officially launched at the first Street Soldiers National Conference. The Movement focuses on recruiting, teaching and developing street soldiers-people committed to eliminating violence in their own lives and in their communities.

What is the Alive & Free Prescription?

At the heart of the Alive & Free Prescription is the notion that violence is a social disease with an explicit treatment process. The disease is transmitted by the germs of bad information, bad instruction, bad advice, and bad example that to young people appear to be good. Youth are exposed to these germs via their families, peers and neighborhoods; and through music, television, video games, and movies. The disease appears as techniques for survival when, in fact, the opposite is true. Infected youth do not survive, they only learn how to die or go to prison. The Alive & Free Prescription works to change beliefs, attitudes, values and actions that promote violence.

Who is the Alive & Free Prescription designed for?

The Alive & Free Prescription is designed for anyone interested in helping young people stay alive and free. There are more than 60 projects nationwide who employ it. The Alive & Free Prescription is utilized in detention facilities, schools, community based organizations, after school programs; and in treatment facilities.

How effective is the Alive & Free Prescription?

Evidence that this prescription reduces violence comes from 18 years of anecdotal data and formal program evaluation. Since 1987, nearly 100% of the youth who have actively used the prescription have remained alive and free. Many are youth who were involved in the drug trade, gangs, or other violence-prone lifestyles. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has identified the Alive & Free Prescription as one of the most 15 promising models across the nation.

Baltimore Youth Apprenticeship Program - Green (BYAP)

What is BYAP - Green?

With leadership from Senator Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore's Safe & Sound Campaign secured a congressional earmark grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency prevention to expand employment opportunities for youth and to help deconstruct the cradle to prison pipeline. Baltimore Youth Apprenticeship Program - Green (BYAP), in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and the Safe Healing Foundation, Inc., launched in June 2009. BYAP-Green offers unique apprenticeship opportunities for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age. The participating youth were recruited from The Baltimore City Department of Social Services Foster Care System, Youth Works, Heritage and Doris Johnson High Schools and various neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

BYAP youth work within one of two specific program areas over a period of 8 weeks with the goal that each will master his/her area of apprenticeship. One of the main components is Street Soldiers, a violence prevention model focused primarily on keeping youth alive and free. It consists of components such as training in the Street Soldiers curriculum for youth who wish to become violence prevention facilitators, social activism, work force development/job readiness, vocational and entrepreneur training. The second component is Farm 2 Fork which predominately takes place at the Great Kids Farm. This program teaches youth how to grow food, prepare healthy nutritious meals and is an introduction to the culinary arts profession. The program provides instruction and hands on experience in gardening, cooking, food nutrition, food service, entrepreneurship training, work force development and job readiness. Formerly called the Bragg Nature Center, Great Kids Farm was sold to Baltimore City for $5 to support education for young African American men. BYAP-Green is the first program to revitalize the original purpose of the farm to educate and train young people. The BYAP-Green program offers additional apprenticeship opportunities in other areas that include; landscaping, event planning, silk screening, and video production (film making). Sixty youth in the program received training and certification from The Afterschool Institute to become HIV prevention facilitators. These youth have been mentored and trained to work in afterschool programs and recreation centers. To further instill the practice of healthy lifestyles, all BYAP youth participate in fitness, rock climbing, archery, sports and swimming activities. The ultimate outcome of the program is for youth to get jobs, internships or create businesses, as well as, generate awareness, change and social action for a better world. This includes making neighborhoods better, safe, violence free, and providing information and access to healthy food to create healthy communities.

Going Green to Change the Scene Initiative

The purpose of the ETU Community School horticulture program "Going Green to Change the Scene" Initiative is to educate youth participants, educators, volunteers and community members and/or organizations on environmental friendly horticultural practices. Develop youth environmental stewards working towards greening and enhancing their communities. Educate participants in entrepreneurship to create viable and sustainable businesses. Expose youth to variety of career possibilities within Environmental Science and Horticultural industries.

Areas of concentration include, but are not limited to: Sustainable Agriculture, Floriculture (crop production & floral design), Hoop greenhouse operations, Hydroponics, Composting, Recycling, and Organic Pest Management systems.

Sustainable Agriculture

Participants gain hands-on knowledge of basic agricultural concepts and practices. Develop job and leadership skills; improve interpersonal relations, career exploration, and practical experience through a variety of on and off site instruction, projects, field trips and service learning activities.

Floriculture

This area of concentration is designed to give participants a basic understanding of the floral industry. This component emphasizes hands -on experience in floral crop production, basic floral design, flower and foliage plant identification, cut flower and foliage plant care, sales, marketing and customer service.

Greenhouse crop production & operation

Greenhouse crop production and operation provides hands on experience in growth and cultivation of a variety of foliage and flowering plants, bedding plants, perennials and vegetables. Develop job and leadership skills; improve interpersonal relations, career exploration, and practical experience through a variety of on and off site instruction, projects, field trips and service learning activities.