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FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • In Orange County, North Carolina, 1 in 20 youth are disconnected from the typical pathways of education, college and career.

  • 75% of youth say they feel more connected to their community after participating in Boomerang’s Continuing Connections afterschool programmes.

 

 

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STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

2. Engage students

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

Not mentioned

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Email: info@boomerangyouth.org

 

 

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“You go to Boomerang sad and broken and come out wanting better for yourself.”

– student served by Boomerang

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS /

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

We’re proud that 90% of students reduce the problem behaviors for which they were referred to the Alternative to Suspension programme, and 95% of students report increased understanding of essential life skills (e.g. substance use prevention, healthy dating and relationships, conflict resolution and communication).

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

Transportation to and from Boomerang remains an obstacle for students attending Orange County Schools. Orange County Schools have requested Boomerang explore the feasibility of establishing a second program site in northern Orange County to address this. A lesson learned is the importance of staying connected with youth who are chronically disconnected and creating a continuum of support at the community level.

 

 

Boomerang is a direct service organisation that provides youth with the support they need, in times of crisis and beyond, to manage their challenges, cope with adversity, and become resilient, independent young people. Its “Alternative to Suspension” and “Afterschool Continuing Connections” programmes inspire youth to bounce back from challenges and move toward positive change.

Reconnecting middle and high school youth who have disengaged from school and community

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Boomerang strives to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by providing alternative-to-suspension and after-school programming for students in North Carolina’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools. It was created as a pilot program in 2006 to supervise and support short-term suspended students and court-involved youth. Since then, Boomerang has served over 2,500 middle and high school students. Its positive, motivational programming allows every young person to share their story, receive support, be reminded of their strengths, and name their goals.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, Boomerang Youth is continuing to expand its services to disconnected youth and build its organisational capacity. Annually, it expects to serve 150 students on short-term suspensions from school. Each student referred receives counselling from qualified staff; social skills and values identification during structured group discussions; academic support and tutoring; psycho-educational groups on key life skills including healthy conflict resolution, self-expression & communication, healthy relationships, and drug and alcohol education; referrals to community resources; and a wrap-up meeting with a parent/guardian representative and a school administrator or social worker. At least 100 students per year are also engaging in after-school tutoring, service-learning, and crisis counselling programmes. In addition, while Boomerang started out as a project of the YMCA, it transitioned to becoming its own non-profit organisation in July 2016, building its capacity to serve students as an independent agency.

 

 

 

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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