Homes for the Homeless offers a variety of activities to encourage our young residents to develop the skills and mindsets they need to succeed in school, explore future career opportunities, and give back to their community. Our youth development activities include after-school programming, peer counseling, social recreation, arts, sports, leadership development, conflict resolution, academic enrichment, and other innovative programming.
One unique youth development program is the Teen Leader Program, now entering its fourth year. The Teen Leader Program invites former HFH summer campers who have aged out of camp (at 14 years old) to serve in mentorship roles. Participants in the program are selected because they have shown leadership abilities and have excelled during their time as campers. HFH recently partnered with NYC Outward Bound to provide 2015 Teen Leaders with a series of adventure and team building activities, such as rock climbing. These activities focus on teamwork, communication, service, trust, leadership, self-esteem, diversity, and problem solving; all skills that will help them succeed in their roles as Teen Leaders and meet one of our overarching goals of youth development.