Providing Real Opportunities With Dedication (PROWD) is a state funded Department of Health program that is supported by the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant. PROWD works with the evidenced-based curriculum Making a Difference!. The program serves in schools as part of their after-school programming. The PROWD staff works with cohorts of no more than 8 students at a time to provide a safe environment for students to uncover and feel comfortable asking or answering sensitive questions. PROWD staff work with 100 students and families per year, empowering youth to develop assets while learning new activities. Overall, this program encourages students academically to become successful, accomplished, and healthy members of their families and the community.
On average, 100% of enrolled students complete at least one goal on their action plan with many completing several.
Currently, PROWD is partnered with Rochester Academy Charter School, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Nathaniel Hawthorne School #25, and Genesee Community Charter School, and continues the search for partnerships to provide the extension of learning, and thus, see the rise in graduation rates.
What Does PROWD Do?
Gives young people the tools they need to deal with hard topics, such as abstinence, STDs, and peer pressure
Provides safe spaces for young people to ask sensitive questions
Encourages participants to think about their goals and figure out how to achieve them
Yoga, karate, painting, sewing, and other hands-on instruction
Caregiver workshops and family events
- “Thank you for bringing a special program to our school”
“My son loves this program!”
- In response to “What is the most valuable thing you got out of the PROWD Program?”: “All of it. The teachers are kind.”
- Youth ages 10-13 years old
- Must attend the schools we are partnered with
- There is no cost or other eligibility requirements to join our program
After making an appointment, Samaria Young (or someone on her team) will contact you with further information.