- Improving self-esteem
- Keeping young people in school
- Helping improve academic skills
- Leading young people to resources they might not find on their own
- Providing support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions
- Increasing young people’s ability to seek and keep jobs
- Enhancing parenting skills
- All stayed in school, and their average attendance improved.
- Grade point averages were almost half a unit higher.
- Seniors were almost three times more likely to go to college.
- More trusting of parents or guardians and less likely to lie to them.
said mentors helped them raise their goals and expectations
went to college or planned to attend college within a year of graduation
improved their grades
said they felt some benefit from their mentoring relationship
The Kennedy Center of Louisiana is a community based non-profit organization founded in 2004 by Ms. Tonya Williams. Ms. Williams, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Marriage and family Therapist has worked diligently to remove barriers and increase the quality of life for youth and adults with the most need for many years. It is her desire and the mission of The Kennedy Center of Louisiana to EMPOWER individuals to reach their full potential by supporting, teaching and linking them to resources in the community. It is our belief that all individuals are capable of SUCCESS and deserve the same quality of life regardless of their socioeconomic background and life circumstances.
In 2008, The Kennedy Center partnered with Queensborough Elementary School and Caddo Parish Schools to establish a school-based mentoring program entitled We All Winn Mentoring to combat the academic failure, poverty, delinquency, and illiteracy that is so prominent in the community. The Kennedy Center was awarded a grant by the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools to implement this school based mentoring initiative that matches non-related adult mentors with children (grades 4th – 5th) with the greatest needs to promote positive development and social responsibility, as well as improved academic achievement.
As a result of the success of the elementary school mentoring program the Kennedy Center of Louisiana has taken steps to launch several programs with the mentoring component for juveniles and adults.
This organization is constantly seeking volunteers to serve as mentors, advisory committee members, assist with events, such as fundraisers or recreational outing with our program participants. Please continue to browse the website and contact us if any additional information is needed.
** The We all Winn Mentoring program is named in honor of Terrance Winn, a teenager tragically killed by gunfire at the age of 16.
Select a program below to learn more about it
- We All Winn Mentoring Program
- Face Forward
- Functional Family Therapy
- Second Chance Mentoring - Adults
- Street Outreach of Shreveport (SOS)
- Chance 4 Success
The mission of the We All Winn Mentoring Program is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential. Through collaborative programming with schools and other community-based organizations, staff will provide educational, social and mentoring opportunities to enhance the academic performance, social, and community connections, and career options of the youth.
The year 2009 marked a time of expansion for the We All Winn (WAW) Mentoring Program to include extending their services to “second chance” youth in Shreveport, LA. The main objective of this program is to close the revolving penal door for juveniles and encourage them to reassess and the behaviors that made them active participants in the juvenile justice system and make better life sustaining choices when they are out by offering them a “second chance.” We will offer them services that will; help combat the academic achievement gap that exist between minorities and their more affluent peers, bolster their job readiness and employability, that will result in them reducing their tendency to opt to choose to act on risky behaviors that may send them back to the juvenile justice system. Several of our program components include positive mentoring relationships with adult role models, academic assistance, career exploration, parental engagement, and psychological counseling.
The We All Winn (WAW) Mentoring Program will service approximately 50 youth per year that reside in the Shreveport/Bossier area. Our goals are to increase the academic achievement/GED completion/Graduation rates of the program participants, reduce/eliminate truancy incidents, disciplinary referrals resulting in suspensions, strengthen bonds to family and community, reducing gang involvement and potential for violence. Our progress will be measured through academic progress tracking, attendance and participation in program and school, along with pre and post surveys of youth, parents, mentors and other involved staff.
If you are interested in becoming involved in our mentoring program, contact us below.
Face Forward is a Caddo Parish juvenile diversion program using Cognitive Awareness Training published by the American Community Correction Institute. Participants (ages 16 – 24 and court involved prior to adjudication and/or juvenile) complete small same-gendered behavioral modification sessions for 2 hours a week over 12 weeks.TKCL_faceforward_factsheet
Functional Family Therapy targets youths 10-18 at risk for severe behavior problems and delinquency. It is a cornerstone service of the Face Forward program. Intensive family therapy changes interaction patterns and develops skills such as communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and effective parenting. Five phases of treatment are tailored to the unique characteristics of each family.
The We All Winn second chance mentoring program is a re-entry program designed to provide assistance and support to motivated individuals being released from prison. By providing intensive case management and matching these individuals with a life coach that will be a friend and inspiration, we anticipate that these individuals with have an opportunity to turn their lives around and become productive individuals. This program is funded by the bureau of justice assistance.
Safehavens of Shreveport is a Transitional Living Program designed to give runaway, homeless, and throw away young men between the ages of 16-21 safe and stable shelter for up to 18 months with adult supervision. The ultimate goal is to help build independence and self-sufficiency by improving life skills, educational completion, job training/placement, and other necessary referrals to supportive community services and positive long term connections. Service provision includes individual goal setting, aftercare services, and mentoring to strengthen participant’s relationships with positive role models to assist in them developing into responsible adults. Referrals will come through community partners, individual referrals, and Safehaven’s Street Outreach workers.
Street Outreach is a program that has focused on touching an often overlooked and neglected aspect of homelessness, the throwaway, homeless, and runaway youth. It is designed to help these individuals get back on the right track and leave the streets. We may be able to offer the participants options that they have not considered or know about. Our main goal is reducing the number of youth living on the streets often becoming victims of sexual/ drug abuse, violence and exploitation.
We provide crisis intervention, temporary youth shelter referrals, safe alternate living arrangements or transitioning back to the home if that is the best option for the youth. We also work to address their immediate needs such as food, clean clothing, survival aid items, hygiene kits, showers and a listening ear. We also offer skill building workshops that will equip them with necessary ,pertinent information for life on or off the streets.
To refer to Safehavens of Shreveport contact the Transitional Living Program Director or print off and fax an application to 318-675-1124. If you would like to be involved with our Street Outreach of Shreveport Program, contact us below.
The target client base for the Chance 4 Success program is the under educated, disadvantaged and individuals with special needs. While society has seemingly cast these individuals aside we are here to offer them education, job training opportunities coupled with rehabilitation efforts that align with the current and projected labor market needs and employer defined skill sets. Concurrently we will work to form partnerships with local business and industry so the result will be that participants will have an opportunity to garner sustained meaningful work that will promote self sufficiency.
If you would like to participate in our Chance 4 Success program, contact us below.