Established 2003 | 501C3
Seamless Day | Part 1 of 3 - Part one of our seamless day model begins where we do our best work, in the classroom. We realize that when great teachers have to focus time and energy on disruptive students, they loose the remainder of the class. We specialize in this area.
Seamless Day | Part 2 of 3 - When after school programming is exiting and engaging students want to participate; when its also effective, students want to learn. With 10 different after school programs that directly extend students learning, we've mastered giving you great programs.
Seamless Day | Part 3 of 3 - During the early evening hours is when most school aged, at-risk teenagers get into trouble. Part 3 of our seamless day model involves programming after 5pm that keeps high risk students out of trouble and prepares them for the follow school day.
Prevention And Intervention Strategies are important for reducing the number of youth who join gangs. GRAAFICS offers services for youth who are actively involved in gangs. We work with them before they make that one decision that may change the rest of their lives.
Was RTA Dropped In Your Lap? Let Us Help! Long before raise the age was the hot topic; we were designing, building and managing at-risk youth programs. Whether on Riker's Island, Brownsville Brooklyn, South Jamaica Queens or the South Bronx, our programs work!
The Seamless Day Model - Seamless day model is a model built with the belief that if a student's idle time is occupied with fun, skill-building activities, that reinforce the school's vision, after school and beyond, it increases the child's ability to succeed.
Every black and brown child, regardless to their parent(s) temporary social-economical status, is born with, and has the ability to become one of the educational elite. When school leaders and teachers truly believe that, are effectively trained and empowered to teach with THAT frame of mind, the results are astounding.
Mentoring helps a young person know that someone really cares. It assures them that when things get rough, they have someone they can rely on. Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, social-emotional and sometimes economic opportunities.
What Is PreViction? - PreViction is something different. It offers detainees and/or inmates, professional and/or vocational training, employment services and the quality social-emotional training that they need in order to beat recidivism.
Education Is The Key - Designed by students and staff, the goal of the ‘E is Key’ program is to address student’s entry level ‘at-risk’ behaviors by incorporating ‘Real-Time’ life skills activities and programs into their day-to-day school activities.
The Support Of Family - When young adults are supported with a structure that resembles a family, especially when it's inclusive of people their age, their likelihood for success increases. G-Family is that support.
Reaching At-Risk Youth from the Streets (RAYS) Ask troubled youth where they are from and they will easily (and sometimes proudly) say “I’m from the streets!”. RAYS connects with them exactly where they are and coaches them to where they should be.
Reality Check - If you thought that dealing with members of a street gang 'on the streets' is difficult, try dealing with them when they have made a presence INSIDE of a school. For 10+ years, GRAAFICS has successfully addressed the challenge of gang presence inside of schools.
Our Return To Inner Growth Through Introspection And Nurturing Of The Spirit” (O.R.I.G.I.N.S) - The first program of its kind, in the country, that addresses at-risk behavior through introspection, true self identification & awareness and spiritual connection.
Neighborhood Education And Training Program (NEAT) is our ‘Green’ partnership with: Community residents, NY Courts, NYC District Attorney’s Offices for each of the 5 boroughs and local colleges. NEAT is designed to address both the causes and effects of low level, quality of life offenses.
School Bullying Is A Problem - School bullying grows daily. The results of bullying have been recorded as ranging from bed wetting and truancy to suicide and murder. GRAAFICS realizes this challenge and has designed a program to specifically address 'the bully' at every level.
The Failing Prison Reentry Program - Prisons fail horribly at providing reentry services to offenders scheduled for release simply because it’s not what they do; they are not in the business of rehabilitation. They're in the business of confinement. Well ... we are.
Models For Non Violence (M4NV) - M4NV is the countries very first education based beauty, culture and fashion program that empowers female students with the opportunity to use their looks, intellect and fashion consciousness to help bring awareness to, and stop violence.
ONE-TO-ONE WITH A PARENT MEANS CHANGING A PERSPECTIVE ... @ GRAAFICS, we understand their situation. We see it through the exact same lens that they see it through because we use to BE them. One to one parent coaching means going the extra mile when they may have given up hope. Are you a parent that's interested in one to one coaching for yourself or your child's other parent?
ONE-TO-ONE WITH A CHILD MEANS IT'S PERSONAL ... @ GRAAFICS, we accept them as they are, have their best interest at heart and will do everything in our power so that they don't make the same mistakes we did. Need one-to-one coaching for your child?
WORKING WITH A FAMILY MEANS BREAKING A PATTERN ... @ GRAAFICS, we understand the core reasons why today's family unit is broken. When working with a family, our evidence based, holistic approach is grounded in the interest of the child or children. We then empower both parents to co-parent in a manner best suited for the child.
NOT EVERY KID WANTS TO GO TO COLLEGE ... @GRAAFICS, we've taken the time to ask 1,000 kids this simple question: "If you had two choices, a Master's degree from college or being a Master craftsman at a vocational trade, which would you choose?" Not only did we listen, we did something about it.
EVERY KID LOVES TO HAVE FUN ... Redirecting negative energy through positive , self-expressive channels, delivers self-reflective and empowering results . @GRAAFICS, whether its through sports, music or the arts, we have our share of fun.
EVERY GIRL DREAMS OF BEING A PRINCESS ... We don't need data to tell us that literally every single female child's very first nickname was 'princess'. We also don't need data to tell us that in every female child's early years, she actually dreams of being a princess. We make that dream come true.
PREVENTING COMMUNITY GUN VIOLENCE ... Independent of both 'Cure Violence' and the 'National Network for Safe Communities' GRAAFICS offers more than 10 years of community gun violence activism and prevention.
I AM, BECAUSE I THINK AND BELIEVE THAT I AM. THEREFORE, I KNOW I CAN BE ... During the most precious years of my pre-teen life, from the age of 10 to about 16, my mother viciously beat me, told me that I’d never amount to anything (like my father) and I believed her… turns out, she was wrong. - Dr. Kai Smith
KAI SMITH IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS TODAY. GUARANTEED! ... Google motivational speakers and you'll get about 89,000,000 results. Filter those results and you'll discover that no speaker has an audience that's as tough as Kai's. The people that follow him and listen to him are the severely difficult to reach, and when it's over, it's like magic. You have to see it for yourself.
GROUND ZERO FOR BULLYING IS HERE! What do you do when teachers, administrators and parents witness your work in the middle and high schools that older children attend, and request that aggressive behaviors be addressed at an earlier age?
MIDDLE SCHOOL MADNESS ... Information absorbed and processed during the middle school years are vital to a child's future. Today; with uncontrolled social determinants, social-emotional pressures and the growing demand to do more, sometimes result in children giving up and loosing their way. GRAAFICS was tried by fire in some of the toughest middle schools around the country.
NOBODY DOES ANYTHING FOR ME. I DO EVERYTHING FOR MYSELF. SO, WHAT CAN ANYONE TELL ME? ... New York | New Jersey | Mississippi | Georgia | Ohio. Have a 'real-talk' conversation with most urban high schoolers, and they will invite you into a world filled with unbelievable situations.
SEE IT HERE. THE OPEN CHALLENGE TO THE GOVERNOR OF NY STATE AND THE MAYOR OF NYC ... Whether we're on the news or in newspapers; in magazines, blogs or social media. @GRAAFICS we realize that we are the voice of 'our' constituents and that advocating to the public on their behalf is our responsibility.
VOICES IN HARLEM DIVERSIFIED ... Over the past 25 years we've seen Harlem go from a community that was historically African American to one that is now inclusive of many different cultures, skin tones and languages. As unstoppable changes were and are made, it was important that we had a seat at the table to insure that our voices were heard.
TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO DO SOMETHING IS EASY. Teaching people how to be effective at what you've taught them is genius. @GRAAFICS, our genius is engagement. Talk to any of the private companies or governmental agencies that have contracted us, they will probably say: "Those guys are amazing at what they do!"
Remember: Programming with us means entering into a contract. This entails us coming in to do an assessment, creating an action plan, customizing your service, building your program, setting up the operations, managing day-to-day activities and 100% of the results are yours.
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