DAP is an afterschool program that provides a safe and positive place for at-risk youth ages 13-18 and helps youth transition to self-sufficiency. The DAP program is located at the Baton Rouge Dream Center, 4829 Winbourne Ave. in the 70805 zip code. The program focuses on youth in the 70805 zip code. Program goals include increasing life skills, preparing for jobs, enhancing educational opportunities, exploring career options, and developing leadership. Youth also participate in school and community service projects to better engage them with their communities. Activities include tutoring, art, cooking, sports, recreation, field trips, and community/school service projects.
Transitioning from homelessness to adulthood is difficult. Without a safe place to live and someone to help, the transition for homeless youth can seem impossible. Anchor House is a transitional living program providing housing and supportive services for homeless men ages 16-21.Potential clients must submit an application and go through an interview process. Supportive services include funds/resources for identification documents, education, employment, clothing, groceries, connection to mainstream services, and transportation to appointments, classes, employment, etc.
More than 4,500 children in Louisiana are currently in the state foster care system. Approximately 350 of these children are available for adoption and need permanent loving families to call their own. Youth aging out of the foster care system are at greater risk of becoming homeless. . HP Serve is working with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to better prepare them for a successful adulthood.
The Louisiana Heart Gallery is a faith-based program targeting the faith community to raise awareness for foster care and adoption for Louisiana children. We believe every child deserves a loving family to call their own. The Louisiana Heart Gallery, at this time, is comprised of 5 amazing and dedicated volunteer Regional Directors: Andria Fontenot – Alexandria, Hillary Bordelon – Lafayette, Tony and Melanie Streetman – Shreveport, Jade Smith – Lake Charles, and Aimee Poche – Baton Rouge (and Ascension).
The Independent Living Program provides life-skills training for youth and young adults ages 14-26, who are in foster care or have aged out of foster care in EBRP & surrounding areas. The program incudes experiential training through field activities, peer support, and goal setting. Case Management provided primarily via resources and referrals.
HP Serve works with numerous organizations throughout the state to train, equip, and provide services to government, business, and community organization personnel to serve victims of human trafficking. HP Serve works together with the Department of Child and Families Services to screen for and identify potential trafficked victims.
The Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking program addresses the needs of domestic victims of, and those most vulnerable to, labor and sex trafficking in Louisiana. Services provided can include assistance with stable housing, food, clothing, medical bills, transportation, etc. Referral services include substance abuse assistance, transitional and long-term housing, legal advocacy, literacy education, peer support, trauma counseling, etc.
The Mentoring of Child Victims Program provides best-practices-based mentoring to youth 17 years of age and younger who are at-risk or are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and/or Domestic Sex Trafficking (DST). The program focuses on establishing structured mentoring relationships between an adult (counselor, case manager, trained volunteer, and/or survivor) and the youth mentee in one-on-one and/or group sessions. Mentors and mentees are paired based on interest and personality.