The Services to Youth facet was developed in 1958 under the leadership of National President Pauline Maloney. The initial objective of this facet was to aid minority youth in America to find and fulfill their intellectual potential. Services to Youth programming is directed toward eliminating the problems of youths of African ancestry and their families in eight target areas: Teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and delinquency, alcohol and substance abuse, mental and emotional illnesses/disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, family dysfunction, unemployment, and educational access, opportunity and achievements.
The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter has excelled in its Services to Youth programming through its “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader” program. The mission of the program is to help students accelerate their grade level of learning using a modified version of Kumon known as Elite Minds, Inc. Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program. It allows students of all ages and abilities to develop the skills necessary to have a more successful educational experience from preschool through 12th grade. Kumon has been one of the more successful academic programs for more than 50 years.
The Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club provided the Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter with reading data to understand how this facet could provide meaningful programming. The data analysis proved that a number of students were reading below grade level. With the assistance of a Kumon instructor weekly sessions are designed to provide students with opportunities to develop grade level literacy skills to create long term success by strengthening students’ reading ability, increasing student motivation for reading and engaging members in instructional tasks that prepare for implantation.