Programs

We offer highly-specialized and comprehensive programs to assist people of all ages, develop a sense of identity and purpose for under-privileged youth so they may fulfill their highest potential, and help victims of domestic violence discover life skills that will enable them to cope successfully with their transition from victim to survivor.

KEEP A CLEAR MIND
Keep a Clear Mind is a program component of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) that provides a comprehensive and beneficial curriculum, with proven results in helping students resist peer pressure to use drugs and educates parents on how to begin the conversation with their child(ren) about drug use. The Keep a Clear Mind program facilitates parent-child dialogue about the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Together, parents and their children learn about the dangers of these substances and practice ways to say no. As part of the lessons, parents learn about their important role and have the opportunity to communicate with their child(ren) the expectation that their child(ren) will not use these substances.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH EDUCATOR
Domestic Violence does not discriminate. It crosses all social, racial, educational and other demographics boundaries. Therefore, the need for preventative education is vital to the protection and safety of victims and potential victims of domestic violence.

Friends of Yates, Inc. offers many resources to assist the community in raising its awareness about the issues related to domestic violence. Our Community Outreach Educator has training modules for community groups, corporations, churches, schools, and other agencies looking for resources, presentations and support related to domestic violence. Please contact our Community Outreach Educator at 913-321-1566 to book a speaker or training.

Bridge S.P.A.N. HEALTHCARE ADVOCACY PROGRAM
The Bridge S.P.A.N. Program is a hospital based victim advocacy program created with the purpose of acting as a link between hospitals and clinics to community resource  that are necessary to assist domestic violence survivors in breaking the cycle of violence.

The Bridge S.P.A.N. Program of Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center offers survivors the following components:

• Help in finding a safe place for them and their children
• Help in obtaining Legal Resources
• Linkage to individual or group counseling
• Assistance in calling the police and filing charges
• On-going support and connection to additional services in Wyandotte County.
• Confidential on-site services
• Education and support
• Referrals to community resources
• Safety Planning
• Follow-up referral support

 

For Healthcare Providers and the Community:

• Training Workshops about Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence
• Technical Assistance with developing hospital wide protocols and procedures in meeting National Accreditation Standards.
• Education on addressing domestic violence with patients

 

Confidential services are offered to hospital/clinic patients and employees.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
PATHWAY TO ADVOCACY FOR VIOLENCE FREE LIVING & ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (P.A.V.E.)
Pathway to Advocacy for Violence Free Living, & Economic Empowerment (P.A.V.E.). Is a special, voluntary program for families needing assistance from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and is an approved alternative to traditional work requirements.

The purpose of this program is to provide client-centered advocacy services to meet the needs of the participant, such as; safety planning; individual and group counseling; legal advocacy; and job search/employment related services. In addition, through P.A.V.E., Friends of Yates, Inc. will incorporate prevention services, which include parenting education workshops, healthy relationship education; and a public awareness campaign.

In addition, P.A.V.E. is a program based on your needs while in P.A.V.E., advocates may help you with safety planning, shelter, support groups, counseling, court, and economic advocacy, prevention education in healthy relationships, financial literacy and help with your goals related to work or training.

BLACK MEN AND WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

In honor of Black History Month; Friends of Yates, Inc. hosts its annual Black Men and Women of Distinction Ceremony to recognize the community’s African American heroes. The Black Men & Women of Distinction award is presented to African-American Men and Women who have worked tirelessly to become trailblazers in their Professional, Educational and Social aspirations. Through these individual’s commitment to excellence, lives have been transformed and empowered to greatness.

The “Black Men & Women of Distinction” Awards are given in (3) categories:

  • Portrait of a Black Man/Portrait of a Black Woman
  • Donald D. Sewing Prestigious Service Award
  • Black Men & Women of Distinction Award
CRIME AWARENESS COORDINATING EFFORT

The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.) was developed after the death of a 10 year old girl in Kansas City, Kansas. This tragic event created uproar among many community leaders throughout Kansas City, Kansas.  On Tuesday, October 27, 1998, a community forum was called by Friends of Yates, Inc. and the Baptist Minister’s Union to bring together community leaders to discuss possible solutions and raise awareness about the heightened threat of violence in the area. 19 years later, Friends of Yates, Inc., Wyandotte County Office of District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program and the Kansas City, Kansas Police Dept. Victim Services Unit are still holding the forum and candle lighting service during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week every year. Check Below to see a past C.A.C.E event.