Archive for the ‘Youth Programs’ Category

Showing Resolve

A youth in ERCPCP’s High Intensity program was enrolled and successfully completed a pharmaceutical tech program located in Virginia. Despite several personal obstacles to completing the program, this youth showed resolve using personal finances to pay for the program.  Currently, this youth has obtained an internship at a local pharmacy in the DC region.  Additionally, by participating in DCYL services the High Intensity worker was able to use the completion of this program, which showed a great deal of determination and steadfastness, as the basis for building an even deeper and stronger relationship with this youth’s parents.

Overcoming Obstacles

A Youth enrolled in ERCPCP’s High Intensity program received a high school diploma from a DC Public School after completing summer school. This young person overcame several personal obstacles that prevented this youth from completing their degree in 4 years. This youth took advantage of DCYL services such as High Intensity and Tutoring to ensure that they were equipped with the tools necessary to complete high school. Currently, this young person is in the process of reviewing scholarships that are available to assist them in taking the next step in realizing their dream of going to college.

Becoming Engaged

A youth enrolled in ERCPCP’s DCYL Workforce Development program began working with our partner Career Path DC for 20 hours per week. The youth then became involved with our partner Earn, Learn, and Grow and began working 30 hours per week. Because of his great work with Career Path DC, that youth was offered full time employment.  Currently, this young person is fully engaged in the community; helping with lawn care and landscaping projects benefitting the Department of Aging. The youth was pictured in an article in the Washington Post along with Career Path DC and other youth.

Making Achievements

A youth enrolled in ERCPCP’s DCYL Workforce Development program is enrolled at Anacostia Community Outreach Center. This youth scored high marks on the Pre-GED test which allowed the youth to sit in on the GED test. We are honored to report that this youth passed the GED test and is now working on enrolling in the District of Columbia Community College. This young person is definitely moving toward a brighter future!

Making a Good Impression

Earlier this week, a provider took several of our youth to the Tanger Outlet Mall.  One particular youth who is enrolled in our workforce development program was there and was dressed in business casual as requested. He had great energy and was impressive to the employers he met. He has already completed the second phase of the application process for the Tommy Hilfiger store and is working on completing other online applications as well.  We are hopeful that he will be successful in his quest for employment and are already proud of him for taking it seriously and making it this far along in the process.


With the type of work that we are involved with, sometimes it can be difficult to see the progress made.  Besides knowing that you are called to do the work in the first place, one can sometimes be left to wonder if their efforts are worth it in the end.  Articles like this one from the Washington Post (Juvenile Offenders Learn Meaning of Work through Mowing Lawns of the Elderly) help to highlight the benefits of the challenging work that ERCPCP and its partners are involved with.  This article excites us and reaffirms the fact that the work does indeed make a difference.  We’d like to congratulate our partner, Career Path DC, for the inspiring work that they are doing – transforming juvenile offenders into employed, committed young citizens.  We look forward to seeing many more amazing success stories from our colleagues in the future!

Community Event 2013Summertime is a very important time for us here at ERCPCP.  Understanding the potential for unusual or unexpected things to occur in the summertime, we have always been really strategic about our methods of engagement with our population during the summer months.  In past years, we focused a lot on our 40 Days of Increased Peace initiative – an initiative running for 40 days during the summer with increased collaboration with partners and increased activities for youth, providing numerous activities and events in which youth may participate.  While we did not present our 40 Days of Increased Peace this year, we are still hard at work planning, implementing and engaging youth in wonderful experiences that are fun, educational and enriching through our collaboration with partner agencies, and most of all, our DC YouthLink Family Engagement Summer Youth Institute.

Unity in the Community Dance OffOur Summer Youth Institute staff has been quite busy in the community hosting information tables at partner events to spread the word about our work as well as conducting their own activities for the young people that we serve.  Some of the activities already conducted and still planned for this summer include a trip to Busch Gardens, family portraits for the youth and their family members and both northern and southern college tours, among numerous other events.  We are excited about these amazing opportunities to engage our youth and provide them with exposure to positive recreation and enrichment.  Our desire is to contribute toward stable productive young people who are free from delinquency and excited about the road ahead.

We look forward to reporting back to you with our success stories from the summer as well as our daily work in the community.  Until then, be well and have an amazing summer!


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Girl Talk: Heart to Heart

Posted: March 27, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Girl Talk, Uncategorized, Youth Programs

A Candid Conversation on Womanhood  by Chase Dreams Not Boys

Some good ole fashioned “Girl Talk” with the ladies of Chase Dreams Not Boys! Be empowered – define yourself –believe in yourself – discover yourself – be inspired – love yourself – motivate yourself – overcome your troubles – be proud to be a woman – CHASE YOUR DREAMS!

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Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

A Candid Conversation on Teen Parenting by the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Hagar Ministry

Mother kissing forehead of babyProverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” But what if the child is the one doing the training? In today’s society, teen pregnancy is an all-too common statistic.
How do you raise a child when you are merely a child yourself? I, like many others, had to learn how first hand. Though I was not a teen mother per say, I got pregnant at the age of 19 and gave birth to my daughter at age 20. When I got pregnant, I assumed that I would have my mother’s help and guidance in raising my daughter.  That was not to be. Unfortunately, while six months pregnant, my mother died after suffering complications from a heart transplant a few months prior.

Here I was practically a child myself faced with the task of raising up a child by myself as a single mother. I did not have my own place, my own money and I made many mistakes early on. Looking back, I wish there would have been a program like First Baptist Church of Glenarden’s Hagar Ministry. The Hagar Ministry’s purpose is to reach out to expectant teens and teen parents to disciple and equip them mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. Because I did not have that guidance, my poor planning and lack of knowledge landed me in situations I had never planned on. When my daughter was a year old we lost our home and ended up in a homeless shelter for four months.  Who would have known that those credit card offers they bombard you with in college could have a lasting effect when mishandled? Certainly not I.

All too often, when not properly trained, we make poor choices and if left uncorrected those choices are passed down from generation to generation. After going through the system, I decided that the only way to keep my child from having to experience the hardships I was facing was to make a change for the better. I was ready to train up my child, but that first meant I needed to be trained. For me that started when I submitted my life to God. As I began to understand God’s plan and purpose for my life, I realized that if He could forgive me for getting pregnant then so could I. He began to raise up people who would help me to understand God’s design for parenting and the responsibility that comes with it. I realized that if I wanted my daughter to make better choices, she had to see me doing the same.  The responsibility was ultimately mine and I did that with help.

Though it would appear that teen pregnancy is on the decline in the United States, it is still a major issue that must be addressed. Statistics show that four out of 10 girls in the U.S. become pregnant at least once before age 20. If it takes a village to raise a child, then what can we do to further decrease the number of teen girls that get pregnant each year? Are we as parents educating our children on the importance of sexual purity? Are we teaching them not only with our words, but also through our actions? What is the village doing to help in the process? In an effort to address the pressing needs of pregnant and parenting teen girls ages 13-19 in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (specifically Prince George’s County, Md.), the Hagar Ministry is doing what it can to help make a difference. Under the leadership of Carolyn O’Bryant, Hagar Ministry director, the ministry provides young parents the mentoring, teaching, encouragement, guidance and ongoing physical and spiritual support needed during this precarious time in their lives to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their children. By helping teen moms make better choices, we believe the effort will ripple outward and impact the lives of their children, family and community.

How do I know this to be true? Well, because of my support system, determination and much prayer, today my daughter is an 18-year-old college freshman. I am living proof that teen moms can overcome the odds stacked against them. You can, too!


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Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

Girl Talk: “I’m a Teen Mom, Educate Me”

Posted: March 25, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Girl Talk, Youth Programs

A Candid Conversation on Teen Moms/Teen Pregnancy Prevention by Queen Afi Gaston
(Founder, Domestic Violence Wears Many Tags)

Queen Afi

I AM A TEEN MOM! EDUCATE ME: The Guttmacher Institute (2006), a New York City based quantitative research organization, reported that teenage pregnancy in the United States is equal to approximately 750,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age. While the rate of teenage pregnancy seemed to be declining since reaching its peak in 1990, it still continues to be a major concern to health care providers, education systems, and even the governmental agencies that will provide support for these teenagers and their unborn children.

Why Am I Afraid to Tell:  Parents don’t understand the peer pressure that teen girls face by teen boys.  Parents may criticize  judge, and/or blame teen moms which can cause depression and stressors for teen mom and baby. Parents seem so critical and many of them don’t understand because they want better for their children, but we have to understand that children will make mistakes. Suggestion, parents we want to open the door and always effectively communicate the hard topics with our children such as sex. Parents we have to share when we were teenagers because ultimately that’s what saves their life. They will remember the things we have shared with them and naturally want to do better.

What Teen Moms Need:  Teen Moms need to know that we care and understand that have made a mistake and we say mistake because they are minors having children. Teen Moms need their questions to be answered before the baby comes and more so after. It is not fair as parents and or legal guardians to disown the teen mom and leave her to make it on her own. Teen Moms are babies themselves, and need their parents to listen and care during pregnancy.

Facts about Teen Pregnancy: Teen pregnancy can have serious consequences for girls, including decreased chances of finishing school, a difficult financial future, and health risks for both the mother and the child. If you are thinking about having sex, it is important to know that the effects can last a lifetime. Almost 50 percent of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives. Less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30. With increasing demands in schooling necessary to qualify for a well-paying job, it is more important than ever to finish high school.

Do Teen Girls Know About Ovulation:  I have been out in the community, schools, sex education programs, surrounding myself with teens and many of them know nothing about ovulation. Example, I asked a teen girl when you can get pregnant. She said, 7 days before the period, and another said, all month. Cleary we as parents have dropped the ball and many of us aren’t educating our teens on SEX EDUCATION because some of us are afraid, it’s against your religion, and/or no one told you.

1. Check the calendar: Ovulation most often occurs halfway through your menstrual cycle — the average cycle lasts 28 days, counting from the first day of one period (day one) to the first day of the next period. But as with everything pregnancy-related, there’s a wide range of normal here (anywhere from 23 to 35 days), and your own cycle may vary slightly from month to month. By keeping a menstrual calendar for a few months, you can get an idea of what’s normal for you. (When you become pregnant, this calendar will come in handy to get a better estimate of your baby’s due date!) If your periods are irregular, you’ll need to be even more alert for other signs of ovulation, so read on.

2. Listen to your body: If you’re like 20 percent of women, your body will send you a memo when it’s ovulating, in the form of a twinge of pain or a series of cramps in your lower abdominal area (usually localized to one side — the side you’re ovulating from).  Called mittelschmerz — German for “middle pain” — this monthly reminder of fertility is thought to be the result of the maturation or release of an egg from an ovary. Pay close attention, and you may be more likely to get the message. These are two very good tips to prevent pregnancy.

Empowering Teen Moms with Sex Education: Empowering families, communities and educators to help teens become healthy, contributing adults is a surefire way to strengthen our future. Statewide reports show a decline in teen pregnancy and teen birth rates which is positive for programs that provide teens with accurate, age-appropriate sex education, and access to confidential sexual health services (The Daily Freeman Journal, 2012). Parents educate your teens on sex education in your home or put them in a position where they can get right teachings on teen pregnancy prevention.

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Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

Girl Talk: Looks that ROCK for Brown Girls!

Posted: March 25, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Girl Talk, Youth Programs

Girlish Gab on Beauty by Kim (Brown Girlz Rock, Partners in Pretty)

Check out these looks that work for brown girls of all shades!

To find out more about the Partners in Pretty, visit them at or follow on Instagram @partnersinpretty

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

Girl Talk: 5 Tips to Glam Up Your Prom Makeup!

Posted: March 20, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Girl Talk, Youth Programs

Girlish Gab on Beauty for Prom by Kia Darby (Yummy411, Partners in Pretty)

Young ladies, glam up your prom look with these tips from the ladies of Partners in Pretty!

To find out more about the Partners in Pretty, visit them at or follow on Instagram @partnersinpretty

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

Girl Talk: Understanding Beauty and Loving You

Posted: March 20, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Girl Talk, Youth Programs

Girlish Gab on Beauty by Sade Nicholson (Host, The Selah Moments)

What is the true definition of beauty? Sade gets personal with us and offers an answer from a biblical perspective! Follow Sade on Twitter @Me_bySade

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

Introducing ERCPCP’s Girl Talk 2013 beauty partner…  The Partners in Pretty! By Shana Janelle Swain (Partners in Pretty)

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Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.