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.

Alternative to Suspension (ATS)

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

While at Boomerang, students:

  • Create individualized action plans
  • 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.

Continuing Connections After School

Boomerang provides opportunities for students to stay engaged with school and community during the critical hours after school and during the summer.

1) What’s Next?

High school students actively participate in weekly workshops focused on post-graduation planning, job readiness, building financial capability, positive development of self, communication, and conflict management.

  • High School Programming: Fall and Spring series, Wednesdays 4:30-6:00
  • College Planning series, Thursdays 5:30-6:00 (2018 dates: February 8 and 22, March 8 and 22)

Please call (919) 968-2146 for information or register at RSVP@boomerangyouth.org for What’s Next? Workshops are free

2) Open Doors

Academic Support: Students drop in for homework help after school. Students receive positive support from Boomerang staff, interns, and volunteers to complete pending assignments, revisit academic goals, and overcome obstacles to reaching them, in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Mondays & Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 during the school year

Community Service:  Youth between the ages of 11 and 20 complete community services hours to fulfill court requirements by participating in meaningful service projects to the community. Boomerang works with youth to create individualized service plans that connect the youth’s service requirement to their strengths, goals, obstacles, and needs, while building resilience throughout their participation.

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00

Service Learning: Students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools are required to complete 25 hours of community service in order to graduate. Boomerang offers service projects to meet this requirement while establishing connections between participants and the community, building resiliency, and inspiring young people to serve their community. Participants have supported partnerships with The ARC of Orange County, UNC-Puppy Pals, and Ronald McDonald House, among others.

  • Tuesday-Thursdays, 4:00-6:00

Support on Demand: Boomerang offers brief counseling, intervention and support for students who just need to check in with supportive adults and have access to a safe place. Boomerang collaborates with young people to identify their needs and provide referrals to community providers – mental health/counseling/substance abuse treatment.

  • year-round

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

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