Our Programs

Boomerang works with youth in our community who are at risk of disengaging from the typical pathways of education, college and career. We provide supportive, positive programs during out-of-school time, including after school and over the summer, for young people ages 11 to 20.

STRIVE

STRIVE  is a structured day program (Monday – Friday 9am – 2pm) for middle and high school students on short-term suspension (3-10 days) from school. STRIVE focuses on identifying short- and long-term goals, barriers, and collaborative solutions for each student.

While at Boomerang, students:

  • Create individualized action plans with SMART goals
  • Work on school assignments with volunteer tutors
  • Actively participate in small group workshops focused on developing skills for positive communication, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and development of self
  • Facilitate a wrap-up meeting with family members and school representatives before returning to school. The meeting allows the young person to share identified goals, strengths, progress, and discuss continued need for support.

Schools refer students to Boomerang; families can refer their middle or high school student; and, students over the age of 18 can self-refer.

TRANSITIONS

Weekly in-school groups for middle school students

For middle school students identified as disengaging from school, TRANSITIONS provides weekly school-based groups designed to develop key social-emotional competencies. Students stay in the group throughout their middle school career.

Students:

  • Create individualized action plans with SMART goals
  • Actively participate in small group workshops focused on developing skills for positive communication, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and development of self

The middle school years are a critical period when students build social-emotional competencies. These competencies correlate strongly with a student’s sense of connectedness and ability to engage in school both of which are integral to student learning and academic efficacy. Studies show that students who participated in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs showed an 11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement.  

CAP

CAP works with students who demonstrate a commitment to achieve despite backgrounds that may include significant risk factors (e.g., first-in-family to attend college or status as an English language learner) and few supports to help them navigate.

CAP bridges the critical transition phase – high school to college or career – supporting students through workshops focused on:

  • College planning
  • Career readiness and entrepreneurship development

A gift of $25 supports the Boomerang Youth Garden, a project of our community service program.

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