Family Freedom Center knows that young Kings, Queens, and Royalty need unapologetically Black spaces too. We work to create those spaces for our youth. This includes the FFC Royalty outdoors programming, Kickstart, and other programs created to uplift Black Excellence in the Twin Ports.
The Adulting Basics Courses are a series of life readiness workshops for young Kings, Queens, and Royals who are transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. In the ABCs, youth age 16 to 24 set a vision and clear goals for their future and begin working on action steps toward meeting those goals. Through FFC’s culturally-responsive and empowerment-focused workshop series, students are equipped with the tools that they need to succeed in the adult world. This program is not an alternative to a general education, but rather covers many topics that are not often covered in the traditional classroom.
- Career Pathways: Knowing your goals and how to get there
- Work Readiness: Applying for jobs & Resume Writing
- Entrepreneurial Development: Owning your own full/part-time business
- Wealth Building: Banking, Investing, and Credit Building
- Leadership Skills: Interpersonal Communication & Community Involvement
- Empowerment: Personal Development & Health and Wellness
This program, in partnership with YES Duluth, also offers industry-specific paid internships and job placement, as well as wraparound educational, mental health, housing, and financial assistance programs through Life House Duluth. Youth will also work one-on-one with professionally trained mentors who will assess strengths, skills, and interests, as well as identify, and address barriers to achieving goals.
The FFC Royalty program starts with a Saturday morning workshop and check-ins for youth. Then, during the week, FFC staff will lead outdoor activities for Black families.
The purpose of this program is to ensure that our youth have the opportunity to explore all the adventures that make the Northland enjoyable, yet have been systematically designed to exclude people of color. We will do this by creating unapologetically Black space within existing recreational programs. Furthermore, FFC will ensure students will have the gear and lessons they need, as well as representative chaperones.
STARBASE is a 4-day program for 4th to 7th graders that takes place at YMCA Camp Miller every summer. The STARBASE program through FFC is organized by our youth coordinator with content created by “STARBASE explorers summer STEM camp” and facilitated by Charity Rupp. FFC covers the cost of transportation & meals. There is space for 10-12 students each summer.
How you can help:
FFC Youth Programs can always benefit from donations. To learn more about Family Freedom Center, donate, or sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.familyfreedomcenter.org/