AP Community Outreach Program
Our Community is essential to spreading the word of our mission to young adults. A lot of times its hard for our youth to relate to parents or people in their direct circle. Our AP Program brings in role models from all over the world. Whether it be current or recently retired athletes or successful businessmen and women from the community, they all come together to share their powerful stories and offer mentorship services.
According to SocialWorkLicenseMap.com:
• 59 percent of mentored teenagers earn better grades.
• 27 percent of mentored youth are less likely to begin using alcohol.
• 52 percent of mentored youth are less likely to skip school.
• Youth with mentors have increased likelihood of going to college, better attitudes toward school, increased social and emotional development, and improved self-esteem.
Despite the importance of mentorship for youth, one in three young people report never having an adult mentor while growing up. This statistic translates to approximately 16 million youth, including 9 million at-risk youth, reaching age 19 without ever having a mentor.
Parents and guardians are obvious choices, as they are naturally in the lives of youth and are some of the most influential people in their lives. Parents and guardians are youth’s No. 1 influence against poor choices, with 91 percent of teenagers in one study citing parents as good role models. However, parents and guardians may not possess all the answers, and sometimes, youth need an external person or a variety of people with whom to talk and share their thoughts with others who come from similar circumstances.
We understand here at the AP program that obstacles will arise. Life never goes as perfectly as we plan, and when all the doors seemed to be closed, we have to remember that there’s always a window of opportunity.
We want to create these moments of opportunities through the life coaching program that allows students to meet with their mentors and update them with their progress both in school and life. With their short and long-term goals, we want to give them the alternatives to problems that may seem to not have a solution. Providing a safe outlet for these teens to express their feelings and emotions as well as their concerns for there wellbeing is all incorporated in the AP program.
Our Founder, Anthony Passero’s biggest passion is his Anti-Bullying Campaign. In following his passion, The AP Program also strives to educate and prepare children for the unexpected. Bullying has many victims. The person being bullied, witnesses to the bullying, and the person doing the bullying. When a child sees behavior that is upsetting to him/her, someone needs to be aware and know about it. They need to be able to speak out and that is why we are here. We want to be a safe house for the children who are afraid to confront their bullies alone. We want to be a safe house for children who are afraid they will be bullied if they “tell”. We want to be a safe house for the children who are the aggressors. We understand everyone has a story to tell and the reasoning behind why they choose to bully their peers is more than just “bad behavior”. Our Life Coaching Program is here to be that safety for the teens, no matter the age. We are dedicated to being a voice, together.
To be a part of the AP program or to become a mentor, please fill out the form below.