Advancing a generation through RAZE YOUTH PROGRAMS
Raze Youth is a program sponsored by Greater Hope Restoration Ministries who is committed to providing a quality programs to at-risk and underprivileged youth.
All at-risk students are not from urban areas. There are many at-risk youth that live in suburbia who also lack the day-to-day experiences that stimulate their intellectual development and give them alternatives to negative at-risk behaviors. Statistics show that after-school programs have positive effects on academic success, social and emotional behavior, and provide opportunities for enrichment for all types of children no matter what their economic, social or geographical background may be.
Raze targets youth who are struggling with low grades or attendance in school, involved in the juvenile probation system, in drug or alcohol recovery programs, or are in low-moderate income homes who can not afford Afterschool programing for their children. Many after school programs cater to children under the age of thirteen causing our older teens up to age 18 to fall through the cracks or rely on faith-based youth activities which may only be available once or twice a week.
The National Dropout Prevention Center states: " The rural areas tend to lack the level of violence of inner cities, but there are still problems. A disproportionately large share of the poor is enrolled in rural schools. Rural areas are characterized by geographic isolation, declining population, and inadequate community facilities which acerbate the problems related to economic hardship and racial and ethnic tensions (Green & Schneider, 1990)".
There are also disparities when it comes to adequate programing for young people that are not in urban areas, but may live on the outskirts of the city limits. We are seeing a great number of urban families migrating to the suburban communities in low-income based housing. Because they are no longer within city limits, many of the opportunities that were once available are not longer available because of distance, lack of transportation and income barriers.
As the CEO of Greater Hope Restoration Ministries "GHRM", I have first hand knowledge of how an after school behavior based program can transform lives of children who have struggled with school attendance, disciplinary problems, unsafe home conditions and such much more. I am not a novice to after school programing. I am the former program director of an after school program that I designed that enrolled 40 students on a daily basis. Students of that program that I directed nearly ten years ago have gone on to higher education, earned masters degrees, now have careers in the medical field while others have experienced transformations in behavior and positive community involvement and many are now volunteering in GHRM outreach programs.
Our program works because it is founded on and centered in love, acceptance and support for our students.
2840 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
During the past couple of years I have always had positive experiences working closely with their staff especially Pastor Theresa Baker and Pastor Cheryl Ross-Jones. They have helped several of the juveniles in our program complete their court ordered community service hours. Many places were hesitant to take on such a partnership but they embraced the challenge and worked extremely hard to help those in their community. They not only provided the kids with structure, a sense of purpose, and a sense of accomplishment during their involvement but gave them guidance and built relationships that were sustained after the community service was completed. They were always available and willing to take on new kids, very flexible in their scheduling and just an overall joy to work with. They truly are a blessing to their community and would work tirelessly to help in any way they could.
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
I have known Carlos Hudson for the past six years through my position at the Carnegie Boys & Girls Club. Mr. Hudson has served in various of capacities at the Boys & Girls Club. He has volunteered coaching and with other program activities. He has always shown an ability to connect with young people through his inviting personality and ability to connect with youth and adults. Carlos has also provided several programs for the teens in the community through his work with Greater Hope Restoration Ministries. He has been able to provide a caring and nurturing environment for the teens in his group. He is a positive role model for the youth, especially those who lack a male figure in their life. In my time knowing Mr. Hudson he has shown to be a constant professional who is willing to do whatever it takes to improve the lives of young people and his community. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions.
What issues does RAZE tackle?
Hopelessness is a state of mind and never a condition. We strive to help redirect these thoughts to purpose, freedom and fulfillment.
We provided drug and alcohol services through our Freedom Recovery Group and partnerships with other resource centers
Through our partnerships with 412 Food Rescue, South Hill Meals on Wheels and local stores, we are able to provide hot meals and healthy snacks to all youth who enter our program as well as provide groceries to their families.
Our program is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. We understand that abuse comes in many forms, including neglect, physical and emotional abuse, human/sex trafficking and more. Our programs will educate youth on prevention and help to redirect negative behaviors that lead may lead to sex trafficking.
Our Mentorship program comes through GHRM's Power-Up Men's Ministry which allows our young men to be paired with an adult male who will walk them into stability.
Mentorship opportunities are also open to the general public.
We understand that every issue is not within our scope of expertise. Therefore we have partnered with other professionals to bring behavioral counseling, therapy and medical assistance to the youth that we serve.
Pastor Cheryl Jones-Ross
Mason McMurray III