Project Success SCP is a program designed specifically for the trafficked, exploited and at -risk youth who primary residence is in the Jefferson County, Metro Birmingham areas. Most are homeless or living in inhumane conditions on the streets. There are two parts to the Second Chance Program- first is emergency housing, which provide temporary housing up to 12 months, supportive and wrap around services to the trafficked, runaway and exploited youth. Referrals are excepted from approved agencies for adult placement trafficked adults male or female. The second part of the program targets youth who need a second chance and/or an alternative to prison or detention, these youth are prime candidates for the STOP program. Youth who live on the streets have a greater risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and engaging in criminal activity. Referrals are excepted daily from 9am until 3pm Monday through Friday for in house (residential living) or day program participants. Referrals can be made by school systems, courts, DA office, community corrections, prisons, detention centers, parole or probation officers. Youth must be court ordered to qualify for long term placement in the STOP program. Day placement consist of no overnight stay. Day programs length of stay range from 30, 60 or 90 days. Youth who are referred for longer periods, six months to one year or longer is a part of the in- house program (IHP), which include programming as part of the housing program. Included in both programs: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, groups, safe place, baths, computer labs, community service, educational learning and vocational training. All services are free.
A incentive program offered to youth that are part of the S.C.P. and display exceptional behavior while a part of the program. This program is designed to promote and enhance; independent living, life skills training, conflict resolution, coping skills, stress management, work etiquette and ethics, RESPECT for self and others, sex education, victim mentality, conflict resolution and responsible behavior. Youth must be part of the S.C.P. for at least 30 days. Youth must not have any disciplinaries and must be passing and current in academic studies, attend all groups and perform all chores. This program pays a small stipend that reward positive behavior with a small monetary amount for lunch, haircut, or a new outfit etc.. This should not be considered a paycheck or a job, rather an incentive to do their very best. The stipend amount rage from $25 to $50 dollars per week. Youth will be given a community service job at the center or within the community daily as part of this program.
Crisis intervention services include direct services such as survival skills, medical assistance, legal assistance, clothing, and referrals to emergency shelters to stabilize and remove youth from a crisis. If the youth has been detained or facing a conviction/incarceration, as an alternative, courts or youth advocates my refer youth to P.S.M.I. in house program (STOP Program). This program is implemented by retired veteran using military principles and discipline, to promote self-respect, integrity, honesty, honor and a respect for others. The STOP Program is an in-house program which include youth partnering with a retired or military veteran mentor until the completion of the program, which is twelve months long. At-risk youth are often referred to this program to build character and respect. Youth will attend boot camp between the hours of 5 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday, youth will engage in exercise activities daily, learn to apply conflict resolution and coping skills, counseling, educational learning (Project Success Christian School grades 6 to 12) and group activities are also part of the daily routine. Community service and spiritual enrichment is also a requirement for completion. The program is divided into phases of three, six- and twelve-months, referrals are made based on court order or agency referring youth.
If you are in danger, and in need of a rescue, call our rescue team. Rescues take place twice per week. Our outreach teams are out with toiletries, water and a snack everyday. Call for van schedule each week. One day per week a food bag is given with toiletries. Opportunities to come off the streets are available for those who want to take advantage of it each day.
Learn More About Project Success SOP
If you need help walk into the day program for at risk youth anytime talk to an intake worker about the program and how to come off the streets. We serve lunch each day to youth starting at 12N this office is open from 9am until 5pm. (1524 Huffman Road)
If you need to arrange a rescue from human trafficking, please call 205 502-7639.
Running away from home or being “thrown-out” by family is a tremendous hardship on youth, as most are ill-equipped to make it on their own. Even so, there are an estimated 1.68 million runaway or homeless youth under 18 in cities throughout the nation.
Reasons include severe family conflict, economic hardship, and abandonment due to pregnancy, substance-abuse, or sexual orientation.
In addition, up to one-half of youth in foster care run away at some point. While the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) provides support to address youth homelessness, it is insufficient to prevent sex-traffickers from preying on these youth. It is easy to see how this group can be lured into prostitution. They often have deep-seated needs and a very weak foundation to meet them on their own. Domestic sex-traffickers capitalize on this type of vulnerability.
In the youth study Who Pays the Price?, Debra Boyer explains that a scared 14-year-old girl simply does not have the ability to out think a 26-year old who is offering love, money, and the ability to take care of her. Given the number of runaway and homeless youth, traffickers seem to have found a steady supply of potential victims.