OPENING DOORS

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.

Programs

The Caterpillar Project

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

 

Salt River Bay’s

“Open Outdoors For Kids” Program

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.

 

Buck Island

"Ticket to Ride"

Program

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.

Excellence & Leadership Recognition Program

MEET 2020 AWARDEES

JUAN BATISTA

 

Mr. Juan Batista is a senior at the St. Croix Educational Complex (Vocational) High School. Juan describes himself as an above average well rounded and dedicated individual who wouldn’t hesitate to drop what he’s doing to help another in need; the speak when spoken to, dependable, punctual type of individual.

 

Following graduation, Juan will be attending basic training in the Army National Guard. After completing his fourth and final year, he plans on furthering his education in the Arts and Harvard University is his aim.

OKEYNO CORNELIUS

Mr. Okeyno Cornelius is a nineteen (19) year old senior at the St. Croix Central High School. In Okeyno’s spare time he enjoys dancing, drumming and baking. He describes himself as an outgoing person, a team player who loves to interact with others.

 

After graduation, Okeyno plans on attending a Trade School in Pittsburg to engage in the Electrical Engineering field of study. Electrical Engineering is his passion, he so proudly stated “I am very good at it!” 

 

When asked, where he sees himself in the next five (5) years, Okeyno proudly stated, “I see myself as a certified Electrician operating my own business.”

CHADIYA STEVENS

 

Ms. Chadiya Stevens is a senior at the St. Croix Educational Complex (Academic) High School. She describes herself as creative, outgoing, open-minded and goofy. Chadiya expressed her love for Drama Class because it speaks to her creative side allowing her to think outside the box as she so eloquently stated. She also expressed her love for Poetry Club because she loves to write and express herself and fundraises for Domestic Violence.

 

After graduation Chadiya plans on attending Johnson and Wales University to study Criminology, as well as, attending La Roche University to study film making and production. After completing these degrees, she intends on enlisting in the Army for four (4) to eight (8) years and eventually join the Police Force as an Investigator.

 

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