Programs

Decatur Youth Services Programs:
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DYS offers programs that enhance youth development in a variety of areas. Programs are designed to develop character and leadership skills, to provide educational support, and to assist teens in finding employment opportunities. DYS also offers sports programs and special summer programs for Decatur youth. We also offer a program for parents to help strengthen the family unit.

Character Development & Leadership Development

For Boys

Boys-2-Men Mentoring Program

Boys-2-Men is a program designed to help boys become healthy, responsible, motivated, informed, and noble men of character. With this program, boys become emotionally competent, fully responsible men who are assets to their families, communities, and the younger generations who follow them.

For Boys, Ages 11-18 

Coordinator: Mr. Will Burks
Phone: (256) 341-4698

For Girls

Girls-2-Women Mentoring Program

Girls-2-Women works with middle and high school girls in the community to address low self-esteem, deficiency in academic progression, and sexual relationships prior to marriage. Life skills training, personal grooming, culturally enriching trips / activities, and behavior improvements are some of the avenues used. Girls-2-Women is a positive support system and provides the necessary tools for girls to make informed decisions and positive choices.

For Girls, Grades 6-12

Coordinator: Ms. Anne Marie Porter
Phone: (256) 227-1238

Girls Elevate

Girls Elevate works with middle school girls to provide outings, positive reinforcements, and opportunities to young girls in our community.

For Girls, Grades 6-8

Coordinator: Ms. Anne Marie Porter
Phone: (256) 227-1238

Education

APREP

Decatur Youth Services has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Branch to implement the Alabama Personal Responsibility Education Program (APREP). Our program, L.I.F.E. (Life Improvements with Factual Education) utilizes an evidence-based curriculum to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception, empowering youth to change their behaviors in ways that will reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy or becoming infected with HIV or other STDs.

For All Students, Grades K-12

Coordinator: Ms. B. J. Gray
Phone: (256) 341-4589

After School Program

The After School Program encourages academic excellence and provides effective assistance with homework by placing a strategic focus on the subject areas of concern. The overall mission is to enhance each student’s individual learning experience. In addition to homework assistance, the program also provides ACT prep.

For All Students, Grades 6-12

DYS Mentoring

DYS Mentoring is designed to provide qualified, trained mentors to help develop our children and encourage them to become positive young people. Benefits for participants include: increased high school graduation rates, better attitudes about school, increased college enrollment rates, and more expansive educational aspirations.

For All Students, Grades 6-12

Coordinator: Ms. Anne Marie Porter
Phone: (256) 227-1238

DYS Percussion

The Decatur Youth Services’s percussion ensemble allows middle and high school students to learn and practice percussion skills. Levels range from beginner to advanced. Members are also provided with opportunities to perform throughout the Decatur area.

For All Students, Grades 6-12

Coordinator: Ms. Kurtistyne White

DYS WINS!

At Decatur Youth Services, our program, WINS (We Intend Not to Smoke), enhances the capacities of state agencies and organizations to design, implement, and evaluate tobacco prevention and control programs for the purposes of preventing young people from using tobacco or alternative tobacco products, while helping current users quit.

Coordinator: Ms. B. J. Gray
Phone: (256) 341-4589

Employment

Family First

Family First is a program designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency by providing them with necessary services. These sources of aid include, but are not limited to: financial resources, GED preparation classes, job placement assistance, post-employment support, and job readiness training (resumé writing, interview skills, labor market education, and criminal expungement).

Coordinator: Ms. Jennifer McGee

Youth Employment Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to assist teens in finding employment year-round, with a special summer program that spans the months June through August. Summer youth employment applications are available in the month of February.

For All Students, Ages 14-15 

Coordinator: Ms. Tatiana Lucas 
Phone: (256) 654-1179

Sports

Boxing & Judo

Sporting opportunities for children are abundant in Decatur and the surrounding areas of North Alabama. Whenever individuals hear about sporting opportunities, many think of football, baseball, and soccer. The Decatur Youth Services Department goes well beyond the familiar sports that children play with boxing and judo classes. A facility and gym at 703 Wilson Street NW has been the center of the group’s practices.

Coordinator: Mr. Mario Davis

DYS / PALS Basketball

Sponsored by Decatur Youth Services, Parks & Recreation, and Police Department, the PALS Basketball program allows participants to register as individuals or as a team. Applications can be picked up at Decatur Youth Service or Carrie Matthews Recreation Center.  

Coordinator: Mr. Rico Pickett

DYS Unique B & G Dance Group

Decatur Youth Services offers a free weekly dance class. The class offers an opportunity for our youth to meet new people, make new friends, and boost self-confidence.

For Boys & Girls, Ages 5 and Up 

Coordinator: Ms. Anne Marie Porter
Phone: (256) 227-1238

Summer

Camp Safe Haven

Camp Safe Haven is an exciting summer camp during the months of June and July that is designed with fun, education, and safety in mind. There is a minimum cost of $20 per week to participate. Free lunch is served daily during the camp. Classes will be supervised by adult counselors, with the assistance of junior counselors, at the Carrie Matthews Recreation Center. Registration begins in April, and each week must be paid in advance.

Coordinator: Ms. Kurtistyne White

Parents

Family Matters

Family Matters is a family-strengthening counseling program that focuses on life skills training as it relates to the overall individual mental health status and family dynamic. The program is held in a group setting.

Coordinator: Marcie & Brandon Watkins

FREE Meal Program

This program ensures that children age 18 and under get a healthy meal every day. Meals are provided throughout the City of Decatur at multiple sites.

Parenthood Initiative Program

The Parenthood Initiative Program is designed to assist non-custodial parents in making developments within the fields of child support payments, job placements, improved family relationships, goal setting, adult vocation, and GED classes. There is an abundance of research that shows a correlation between juvenile delinquency and the absence of both participating parents. This program is focused on bringing absentee parents into the lives of their children.

Coordinator: Mr. William Burks
Phone: (256) 345-7922

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