Youth Programs

Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs

Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs (“DBCYP”) is designed to reduce the number of juveniles who become involved in the criminal justice system by empowering them with protective and resiliency factors that encourage respect and responsibility for self, family, community, educational and personal achievement. Our primary function is to serve as a deterrent to youth who are at risk of not reaching their full potential. We serve youth weekly in public schools, recreational centers, and the 13th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court. We prepare youth for the future!

Recognizing the importance of parental commitment to the success of their children, we attempt to link parental / guardian involvement with youth participants. The parent/primary care provider of each youth will be requested to sign an agreement fully committing to the requirements and philosophy of DBCYP.

Black on Black Crime Prevention Program

 The Black on Black Crime prevention Program was designed to draw attention to the problem of crime in the black community and the need for law enforcement and the community to work together. Youth Club Meetings, Law Enforcement Events, Church and Community Activities are held weekly to help reduce crime in the targeted community.

Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Program

 The Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Program helps steer youth away from the criminal justice system through behavior modification training workshops. Behavior Modification/Social Skills, Parental Support Groups, Tutoring, and Employability Skills Training Meetings are held weekly.

We offer education and training in the areas of:

Gang Prevention Education/Bullying

This component strives to reduce the risk factors for youth joining criminal gangs by providing them with appropriate prevention services. Ideal participants are students in the public school system, juvenile justice system, or youth residing in at-risk neighborhoods or have a history of family violence, drug abuse or incarceration.

Teen Summits

Youth participate in Teen Summits every 3rd Saturday of the month discussing issues that they deem important. Professionals volunteer monthly to highlight their career of choice and present various career opportunities. Youth also participate in community service activities.

Behavior Modification Training

These weekly sessions are open to youth between the ages of 10 and 18. Referrals can be made by parents, school and juvenile justice officials as well as community-based organizations. Youth and their parents are provided with education and training from a curriculum that includes:

  • Anger Management
  • Self-esteem Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Crime Prevention
  • Resisting Negative Peer Pressure

Youth in need of community service hours for college are strongly encouraged to participate in these Monday evening sessions.

Tutoring

Qualified volunteers provide tutoring in the areas of mathematics, language arts, and science to middle school students at the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club, Dalia Sanchez Center and NFL YET Center. The tutoring component is aimed at increasing the chances of students graduating from high school and entering postsecondary institutions or vocational / technical schools.

Employability Skills Training /Job Placement Services

Youth who are sixteen (16) years of age or older participate in these monthly workshops. Upon completion of the training, clients over the age of eighteen (18) are referred to employment and training agencies.

Parent Support Group

Parents and primary care providers participate in monthly workshops every 3rd Saturday of each month. The training curriculum and topics are relevant to the concerns of the attendees.  These sessions are conducted in a relaxed, involved atmosphere.  Parents who complete quarterly training sessions are awarded certificates and encouraged to participate in a recognition ceremony.

Community Bridge Building

Monthly meetings / workshops are held to inform the community of issues related to crime prevention, social services, law enforcement, health, and education. Meetings / workshops are open to all interested parties.

Community / Church / School Events

Staff and volunteers deliver educational, behavior modification and self-esteem building classes to youth, parents and community residents every week.

Gender Specific Programs

Youth between the ages of 10 – 18 years old who are interested in building their self-esteem and improving their personal development skills can join the following program:

1.  Social Responsibility and Character Building

The program will consist of educational workshops that address conflict resolution, peer pressure, decision-making, anger and aggression management, crime prevention, drug abuse prevention and refusal skills training consistent with a value – based, social conforming curriculum.  There is a separate component for males and females.

2.  Female Rites of Passage Program

Gender specific discussions and workshops are offered to assist youth in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

2012 – 2013 Accomplishments:

  • Met and exceeded goals to assist youth in making better decisions, developing positive self-esteem, resist negative peer pressure and gang involvement, and to take responsibility for their educational and career goals.
  • Served approximately 3,000 youth in nine (9) schools; the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center; the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club; The NFL YET Center; and the Juvenile Diversion/Teen Court Program.
  • Conducted thirty (30) classes at Teen Court/Juvenile Arbitration for teenage offenders.
  • Co-sponsored the 28th National Conference On Preventing Crime In The Black Community with the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in Orlando.
  • Partnered with the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club, Adams Middle School, Stewart Middle School and the NFL YET Center for literacy, tutoring component.
  • Partnered with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Department and the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department for the 6th annual “Bridging The Gap” community softball game and festival in Sulphur Springs.
  • Sponsored the first Community Prayer and Unity Service involving numerous faith-based institutions addressing the need to run crime out of the inner-city.
  • Conducted Male and Female Empowerment Summits at Blake and Middleton High Schools.
  • Five (5) programs attendees graduated from high school and received scholarships offers to attend Bethune-Cookman, FAMU, FSU, USF, HCC and TCC. All graduates received laptop computers complimentary of Buddy Home Furnishings.

2013 – 2014 Program Highlights:

  • Weekly sessions for youth in eight (8) schools and the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center.
  • Monthly educational and behavior modification training classes for the 13th Judicial Circuit Teen Court including the S.T.E.A.L. and SHOCK Education program for first time juvenile offenders.
  • Host the 1st Community-Wide Neighborhood Forum with the Hillsborough County Black Elected Officials and community-based organizations at Middleton High School.
  • Cultural field trip to Eatonville, FL – America’s first black city – to attend the Zora Neal Hurston Cultural Arts Festival, February 1, 2014.
  • Partners with the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club; Dalia Sanchez Center and NFL YET Center for after-school tutoring.
  • Partners with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Department and first responders for the 7th Annual “Bridging The Gap” community softball game and festival in Sulphur Springs.
  • Partners with Middleton High School to conduct Male and Female Empowerment Summits.
  • Hillsborough County Schools SERVE speaker at various schools.
  • Florida Legislative educational field trip scheduled for April.
  • College tour scheduled for Spring break 2014.
  • Co-sponsors the 29th National Conference On Preventing Crime In The Black Community, May 29-30, 2014 in Jacksonville.

2014-2015 accomplishments

  • Met and exceeded goals to assist youth in making better decisions, developing positive self-esteem, resist negative peer pressure and gang involvement, and to take responsibility for their educational and career goals.
  • Served over 3,000 youth in eight (8) schools; the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center: the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club; The NFL YET Center: and the Juvenile Diversion/Teen Court Program.
  • Conducted thirty (30) classes at the Teen Court/Juvenile Arbitration for teenage offenders.
  • Co-sponsored the 30th National Conference on Preventing Crime In The Black Community with the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in Tampa. Over 1500 youth and adults from the United States, Jamaica and Hong Kong attended this conference.
  • Partnered with the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club, Franklin Middle School, Stewart Middle School and the NFL YET Center for literacy,tutoring component.
  • Co-sponsored the Back 2 School Bach with the Springhill Community Center with over 250 donations of book bags and other school supplies on August 9,2014.
  • Co-sponsored the Back 2 School Back with the  NFL YET Center with over 750 donations of book bags and other school supplies on August 9,2014.
  • Co-sponsored the Hillsborough Full Service Schools “Super Bowl Fest” at the Dalia Sanchez Center, February 2016 where over 200 book bags and other school supplies were donated.
  • Partnered with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Department and the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation for the 8th annual ‘Bridging The Gap” community softball game and festival in Sulphur Springs.

2015-2016  Goals:

  • Conduct weekly sessions for youth in eight (8) schools and the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center.
  • Conduct monthly educational and behavior modification training classes for the 13th Judicial Circuit Teen COurt including the S.T.E.A.L and SHOCK Educational Program for first time juvenile offenders.
  • Partner with the Dalia Sanchez Center and Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy for after-school tutoring.
  • Attend the National Urban League Conference and Youth Summit, July 2015 in Ft.Lauderdale.
  • Co-sponsor the Back 2 School Bash with Springhill Community Center with donations of book bags and other school supplies on July,25,2015.
  • Co-sponsor the Back 2 School Bash with NFL YET CENTER  with donations of book bags and other school supplies on July,25,2015.
  • Cultural field trip to Eatonville,FL America’s first black city to attend the Zora Neale Hurston Art Festival, January 31,2016.
  • Co sponsor the Hillsborough County Full Service Schools “Super Bowl Fest’ at the Dalia Sanchez Center, February ,2016.
  • Partner with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Department and First Responders for the  9th Annual ‘Bridging The Gap” community softball game and festival in Sulphur Springs, December 12.2015.
  • Partner with Blake High, Stewart Middle, and Just Elementary School to conduct Male and Female Empowerment Summits.
  • Conduct weekly classroom presentations through the Hillsborough County School SERVE Program.
  • Field Trip for youth to the Florida Legislative Session in April 2016.
  • College tour scheduled for Spring break 2016.
  • Co-sponsored the 31st National Conference On Preventing Crime In The Black Community in 2016 in Miami.

DBCYP offers behavioral modification training classes every Monday, Teen Summits and Parent Support Groups every 3rd Saturday at the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center. Anyone in need of community service hours should call for availability. Services offered by DBCYP are free of charge.

Adults who are interested in volunteering and have experience in the areas of youth development and prevention, education, crime prevention, neighborhood collation building, and counseling are encouraged to complete a volunteer application.

For more information, please call us at (813) 241-1415

Email us at derrickbrookscharities@gmail.com

Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Program
3402 North 22nd Street, Suite 223
Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: 813.241.1415
Fax: 813.272.6823

DBCYP is funded by the Florida Legislature through the office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.