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CHRISTIANSTED, VI 00820
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Project Promise’s programs are all about opening doors for our at-risk youth in St. Croix, in order to uplift, educate and empower them. Our holistic approach provides many opportunities for positive change, while our nurturing environment provides a safe place in which youth can get the tools and support they need to live healthier, happier and more successful lives.

8 YEARS OF SUPPORT

The Caterpillar Project is a long-term program designed to make a significant difference in the lives of at-risk youth in St. Croix. The Project’s initial pilot group of selected fifth-grade students  meet with staffers after school on a daily basis through high school and into college. The Caterpillar Project is a positive “support system” for these youth, and will provide close ties to adults who take a personal interest in their growth and development.

THIS HOLISTIC PROGRAM INCLUDES:

LIFE COACHING

 

Weekly one-on-one sessions with a trained life coach to build self-esteem, vision, hope and self-worth; and help participants learn how to set and achieve goals. The Life Coaching component promotes personal and social growth, thus helping the youth become more responsible and accountable, and ultimately lead fulfilling and purposeful lives. 

MENTORING

Similar to a “Big Brother/Big Sister” program, participants are carefully matched with rigorously screened, trained, and supervised volunteer mentors, who each commit to at least one year of service. Bi-weekly one-on-one meetings and an evidence-based mentoring program provide consistent encouragement and guidance to help youth get and stay on the right path.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

Learning to give of yourself to help others is an integral part of the growth process. Participants take part in meaningful projects focused on the revitalization of our community. These projects also function as team-building activities, which foster responsibility and self-esteem, and help youth develop a stronger sense of attachment to our community.

EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION

 

Designed to supplement classroom instruction, the Educational Intervention component uses an individualized approach to help students achieve grade-level proficiency in reading and math, approach learning in a different way, and reach their full academic potential overall.

CAREER EXPLORATION

 

Participants receive support identifying, researching, and exploring their career/vocational interests. The curriculum motivates youth to plan for their future and acquire the skills and credentials needed for career success. Whenever possible, participants are also paired with rigorously-screened volunteers to gain hands-on experience in the field.

PERSONAL WELLNESS

Interactive activities teach participants mindfulness techniques (such as breathing techniques, progressive relaxation, meditation and yoga), how to make good food choices, preventative health information, and more. Ultimately the Personal Wellness component helps strengthen character and self-discipline.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

 

Starting with group activities and eventually expanding to activities based on individual student interest, this component engages participants in the creative process and builds confidence and self-esteem through art. Youth get the opportunity to do something positive with their time and talents, and learn how to channel their energies towards a positive outcome.

CULTURAL AWARENESS

 

Many of our youth know little to nothing about the Virgin Islands’ rich cultural heritage. The Cultural Awareness component uses fun, hands-on activities and numerous field trips to explore St. Croix’s vibrant past. Participants are introduced to the Virgin Islands’ traditional foods, music, dances, natural resources, literature, and history.

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

 

The Family Support component links participants’ parents with needed resources. It also gives parents the tools to effectively communicate with and participate in their children’s lives. To remove barriers to participation, transportation to and from the evening meetings, a healthy meal, and child care for younger children are provided.

YEAR THREE: 86% of the Caterpillars improved their GPAs and promotional GPAs between June 2016 and June 2019

 

The Every Kid in a Park Program offers every public school fourth grade student the opportunity to visit and learn about the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. The three-point program includes an introductory powerpoint presentation to the park at the school, followed by an on-site park tour, and a post-experience in-class visit by the instructor to review what was learned. 

The Visitor Center Tour introduces students to Salt River Bay’s incredible history.  They explore Taino culture by viewing artifacts and a PowerPoint presentation. They also discover the story of Columbus’ encounter, where it occurred, and learn about Taino cosmology in a craft-making exercise.  Students tour the west side of the park and learn about the natural resources through ranger led activities.  During the post-experience visit to the school, students participate in a question and answer session about Salt River Bay’s historical and natural significance. 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

School Visit

 

Pre-park activity

Power point presentation

School Visit 

 

Post-park activity and Q & A;

Field Trip 

 

Students should bring lunch, hats, sneakers and shoes that can get wet.

 

Transportation is provided/arranged by the Project Promise, pick-up time is 8:15am, drop off time is no later than 2:00pm.

 

The Buck Island Program offers every public school fifth grade student the opportunity to visit and learn about the Buck Island Reef National Monument. The three-point program includes an introductory powerpoint presentation to the park at the school, followed by an on-site park tour, and a post-experience in-class visit by the instructor to review what was learned.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

School Visit

 

Pre-park activity

Power point presentation

School Visit 

 

Post-park activity and Q & A;

Field Trip 

 

Students should bring lunch, hats, sneakers and shoes that can get wet and swimwear for a water activity.

 

Transportation is provided/arranged by the Project Promise, pick-up time is 8:15am, drop off time is no later than 2:00pm.

 

The Excellence & Leadership Recognition Program is designed to acknowledge and recognize three outstanding public high school seniors; one senior from each high school who have gone above and beyond, despite all odds. The Excellence & Leadership Recognition Award is presented to students who demonstrated leadership qualities during their high school years. The Excellence and Leadership Recognition Awards is an extension of Project Promise’s commitment and dedication to the youth of St. Croix.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

 

Any public high school senior who has maintained a 3.2 GPA, or higher.

 

Any public high school senior who has demonstrated integrity even in the face of adversity.

AWARD CRITERIA

 

Students who have demonstrated leadership qualities during their high school years.

 

Students who have proven to be excellent role models, willing to go above and beyond to serve others.

 

Students who have shown themselves to be committed, dedicated and diligent in working toward a positive future.

MEET 2019 AWARDEES

INDEYAH ITAVIA MARIE TODMAN – GPA: 93.75%

 

Miss Todman is a Junior at St. Croix Central High School. She is a "promising" young writer who, has not yet decided exactly what her college major will be. However, she already has her own style of writing. She shared that she is still thinking and mapping out the direction she would like her life and career to go.

 

In her spare time, Miss Todman likes to listen to music, the type that speaks to her soul. She enjoys reading books that are in the narrative form of diaries, which as she says, "Makes me feel like the author is speaking to me."

When asked to tell us what one thing he would like others to know about her, Miss Todman said "That although I may seem shy on the outside, I am quite the opposite on the inside. Do not mistake my Quietness for Insecurity or Weakness!"

JUSTICE VEIRA – GPA: 93%

 

Miss Veira is a Junior at Career & Technical Education Center. She aspires to be a Mechanical Engineer, and is already taking advance classes at the University of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Campus. Upon her High School graduation, Miss Veira expressed her desire to attend the University of Iowa, which is her mother's alma mater. 

 

Miss Veira is quite active in her community and in her church. She is a 4-H Member, helps with the youth in the Youth Program at her church, and sings with her church choir! And if that's not enough, she also finds time to play Volleyball in her spare time.

When asked to tell us what one thing he would like others to know about her, Miss Veira said "When I want something, I don't give up until I complete my plan."

JULIAN APONTE, JR. – GPA: 85.143%

 

Mr. Aponte is a Junior at St. Croix Educational Complex. He is and has been working towards a military career. This is his third year in the ROTC at SCES, and he is hoping to enter the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.  Mr. Aponte is also considering Howard University, University of Virgin Islands, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

 

Mr. Aponte has a number of extra-curricular activities and hobbies. He plays baseball, loves music, and plays video games. However, he concluded his list of pleasure activities with, "This may sound weird, but I really love to work landscaping and construction."

 

When asked to tell us what one thing he would like others to know about him, Mr. Aponte said, "I am always cheery and a smiling person. I don't give up, and I fight like hell for what I want."