News & Events
Teens TOGETHER Afterschool Club at James Martin: FREE! Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15pm-6:30pm for 6th and 7th grade students only; CLICK HERE for registration information!
School is Closed & The IMPACT Teen Center is OPEN! During the Spring Break, come hang out with us 7:30am-6:00pm. CLICK HERE to receive details.
What's Happening at Firm Foundations
Congratulations Firm Foundations - Mayor's Mentoring Alliance Award
Each year the City of Charlotte's Mayor's Mentoring Alliance host its annual Awards Gala to honor mentors, mentees, mentoring agencies, and other organizations that support mentoring in Charlotte. This year, more than 200 people gathered to celebrate the impact of mentoring in Charlotte. Firm Foundations was among those that were recognized for its mentoring efforts throughout the city and won the 2018 Best Practices - Small Agency Award.
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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