The ANNUAL COLLEGE ORIENTATION PROGRAM is held in June to bring acute awareness to parents and students on how to cope with the unexpected on college campus. Survival skills, College and Campus Safety, Alcohol and Drugs on Campus, Pros and Cons of Sorority and Fraternity Affiliations, and Seven Hot Careers are topics discussed during orientation. College orientation packets are given to each college bound student.
The EARLY INTERVENTION program is designed to stimulate students’ social and intellectual abilities through participation in activities that promote self –esteem building, conflict resolution, and appropriate communication skills in an environment where they feel valued and valuable. Pre and post evaluations show evidence of improved behavior and attitudes for those students who participate in the program.
WATCH YOUR MANNERS
To equip and educate youth with the necessary skills in the areas of etiquette and social graces. To assist them in becoming well informed with the knowledge that can be used throughout their entire lives. The program encompasses behavioral competencies, non-violence, cultural appreciation, and personal development along with the etiquette component. To promote the interaction between parents and children to strengthen the importance of social awareness.
RAY of HOPE - Grief & Loss Support Group
RAY OF HOPE (Grief and Loss) provides a safe, supportive, healing environment for bereaved individuals and families to process the stages of grief in meaningful ways. The support program meets for seven weeks, tri-annually, totaling 21 weeks per year.
Empower youth to become fiscally responsible.
RECLAIM A FAMILY
RAF (Reclaim-a-Family) is a program designed in conjunction with the Early Intervention Program to identify and define roles and responsibilities within the family unit through small group sensitivity sessions that encourage caring and sharing. RAY facilitators make referrals to seek assistance from school personnel in collaboration to facilitate successful interventions to mend family discord.
Parent Power is a program designed to acknowledge, honor, and promote parental involvement with information about the importance of their roles as role models for their children and as parents who unite families and schools. When parents learn practical tips and tools for building positive relationships, improving communication skills, and enhancing self-esteem, they enjoy the transformation of their child’s desire for increase for knowledge which is critical for student achievement.
Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
The purpose of the Youth Advisory Council is to stimulate and foster the active participation of young individuals in fulfilling the vacated positions of senior leaders in RAY. Change is important in organizations to allow new leaders to learn new skills, explore new opportunities and exercise creativity in ways that ultimately benefit the organization through their new and exciting ideas.
James Mix & Sean Cater Memorial Scholarship
Since 1993, RAY has assisted deserving students by awarding 1- 4 year college/university scholarships, one - time honorarium, and hardship grants. To their humble credit, RAY has awarded over $220,000 to deserving youth.
From the inception of the Reclaim A Youth organization, its founders, Addie Mix and Gloria Randolph envisioned a memorial scholarship fund to encourage and help the education of deserving youth. This is in keeping with the purposes of RAY: