Alternatives For Girls
Detroit, Michigan 48208
The inspiration for Alternatives For Girls came in 1985 when a group of southwest Detroit residents, clergy and business people began to share concerns about the alarming increase in drug use, homelessness, prostitution and street activity among girls and young women. Originally a small, volunteer-run program, operating a five-bed emergency shelter in a neighborhood church, AFG has evolved into a multi-service agency with over 50 employees. It is housed in a two-story brick building constructed in 2002 following the successful completion of a $4.5-million capital campaign.
What We Do
Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. AFG accomplishes this mission through three key services: AFG Prevention, the AFG Shelter/Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) and AFG Outreach.
“This is not the last time that you will hear from me. Some day, I will be president.”
Lawnya, Prevention participant
Finding self-esteem, improving a grade-point average, rejecting drugs and alcohol, choosing abstinence, connecting with a mentor, discovering untapped talents — these are some of the experiences girls have when they take part in AFG Prevention programming. These experiences can happen in a summer (through the Rise-N-Shine program), during the course of a school year (through after-school workshops, study groups and girls’ clubs) or across the span of several years as girls mature from five to 18 years of age, building their characters on a foundation of positive choices.
AFG Shelter/ Transition to independent Living Program:
“For the first time, my eyes were open to true respect, love, faith, hope, peace and grace.”
Danielle, former Shelter/TLP participant
New ideas, new paths, and new people emerge from the AFG Shelter. It is a place where homeless girls and young women (age 15-20) who have faced tremendous obstacles and found themselves without a home or a family to provide for them, discover abilities and callings that lead them toward meaningful careers and productive lives. It all begins with finishing high school and advancing toward degrees, developing a strong work ethic, becoming good mothers (for those who are pregnant or parenting), acquiring financial literacy, learning cooperation and respect for others, and the growth of self-esteem. Participants redefine themselves and reshape their futures.
“Each day I come I know I am changing someone’s life one step at a time. It started with me now I must continue the change.”
Sharonne, Outreach participant
AFG Street Outreach serves as a lifeline to many young and adult women seeking to remove themselves from situations and activities that threaten their well-being, their futures, their lives. Staff and volunteers encounter girls and women on the streets, in all seasons, during daylight and after dark, providing harm-reduction kits, a ride to AFG and other safe places, referrals, and direct services — links to life-saving and support services.
AFG Walk-In Center & Crisis Line
Youth Mentoring Program
How We Do It
Unique Programs That Work
Alternatives For Girls delivers three key services to homeless and high-risk girls and young women: AFG Prevention; the AFG Shelter and Transition to Independent Living Program; and AFG Outreach. AFG programming is designed to address both the immediate and long-term needs of the young women we serve, empower them to seek and make positive choices, and affect lasting and meaningful change in their lives.
AFG employs highly-qualified staff members, plus interns and volunteers, who deliver services to participants (programs) or who help manage the organization (development, finance, HR).
Volunteers Who Care
More than 300 volunteers are currently helping Alternatives For Girls accomplish its mission. These generous people give their time, talents, energy, expertise, and often their funds, to a wide range of projects, programs and initiatives. From serving on the AFG Board of Directors to teaching workshops, managing our Web site, stuffing envelopes, and helping out with special events, volunteers provide a needed source of support to AFG.
Fifty percent of funding for Alternatives For Girls’ programs is provided by federal, state, county and city grants. Another 25 percent comes from private foundations. Corporations and individual donors contribute the final 25 percent. AFG also receives in-kind contributions, including the donation of services (e.g., printing, graphic design), materials (e.g., craft supplies, books) and equipment (e.g., computers) and more.
DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Case Planning Services Manager, the Case Planner will meet
individually with participants to complete intake, assessment, goal setting and case management.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES