News & Events
It's official, we have a book club just for teens! Teen Readz just began their first book and are inviting other middle and high school students to join. Click HERE so that you can receive all the details.
Teen TALK Tuesdays: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm (virtual). Teen TALK Tuesday is an interactive group session for boys and girls (6th-12th grades) purposed to help teens discover, develop and share their voice with others. Click HERE to join us!
iMATTER Girls Empowerment Program: Bi-weekly on Saturdays 11am-12:30pm (virtual). iMATTER is a girls group mentoring program led by adult female mentors and consist of "girl talk" on select topics of discussion, activities and lots of fun with girls in middle and high school. Click HERE to sign up and attend our next meeting.
Summer Camp 2021! Click HERE to be emailed summer camp information as it becomes available. Registration will open on March 7th for youth in grades 1st-8th.
Don't miss our next Teens TOGETHER Program Orientation/Info Session! Click HERE to be notified of the next Zoom session.
What's Happening at Firm Foundations...
Congratulations Firm Foundations - JCPC Grant Recipient of 2020 Expansion Funds
The Cabarrus Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) reviews the needs of at-risk youth within their county, evaluates juvenile services and programs, promotes public awareness, develops intervention strategies and provides funding for services, treatment, counseling, etc. This spring, the Council awarded Firm Foundations funding to provide skills building programs for youth that are either currently in the juvenile system or at risk of becoming court-involved youth. Firm Foundations' Project ENGAGE will be implemented both in the school, at our partner school The Opportunity School, and in the community. We are excited to begin working in Cabarrus County!
Firm Foundations Jumpstarts Their TeensMATTER2 Campaign
#TeensMATTER2 is a message that Firm Foundations is spreading in an effort to focus attention on the needs of adolescents. It's no secret that adolescents encounter many challenges as they face peer pressures, academic expectations and everything else that puberty and maturation brings. This developmental period in their lives is pivotal and we know that because of this, they need a constant reminder that they "matter". Stay tuned to learn more about the resources and opportunities Firm Foundations is going to provide for more teens. You can also learn more about the need for programs for older youth.
1-on-1 with Firm Foundations Youth & Family Outreach CEO
Charlotte is home to many successful and growing non-profit organizations, so why was Firm Foundations Founder and Executive Director Kimberly Roseboro committed to creating another one? Let's take a look into the reason why Kim (known as "Ms. Kim" by her teens) was so passionate about creating an organization whose target population is one of the most challenging groups - yet underserved groups.
Why do you feel Firm Foundations is needed in the Charlotte community? Ms. Kim passionatly answered... Having observed others agencies and having worked for other nationally recognized organizations that either only worked with elementary students or served ALL age levels, I felt that the needs of adolescents were neglected. The developmental stage of adolescence is such a critical stage and one that tends to consist of a lot of challenges, so I saw the need to be more intentional in regards to serving teens and having an organization solely focused and dedicated to servicing them and their parents/caregivers. This sends an empowering message to teens by letting them realize that they matter to us, hence giving them a sense of belonging within our organization. They aren't cast to the side because they have "aged out" of any of our programs, nor are we just serving them by providing "open gym" or "free play" activities while we put more effort and resources in serving their younger siblings. Adolescent aged youth are at the forefront of the thoughts and plans of Firm Foundations and always will be, because we believe that #TeensMATTER2.
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