Better Tomorrows provides a wide range of Programs across our Family (Youth and Adult) and Senior Sites.
Our Core Programs provide a focus on proven methods that measure our impact towards our mission to empower individuals, families, and neighborhoods to thrive across all those in our reach. We also support many other diverse activities that appeal to the needs and desires specific to each of our sites and their communities.
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How to use these Filters: In order for the program to appear below, it must match at least 1 criteria in both Age Group and Program Type. If you check off more than 1 in either category, it will list all the programs that cross match with either selection (e.g., Youth AND Health OR Education, Strong Communities AND Adult OR Senior).
A variety of courses are provided to adults and seniors to promote educational advancement. Subjects vary by community and include GED prep course, computer training, and employment skill building.
Individuals requiring support for alcoholism and addiction are provided with a safe space to discuss challenges and experiences related to these illnesses. Experienced, supportive leaders facilitate and oversee meetings, while encouraging attendees to commit to recovery.
An array of art courses – sometimes including more advanced classes such as photography and Photoshop – are offered to residents of all ages. Classes are designed to provide education of the arts and technique and skill building. Better Tomorrows partners with local artists and art advocates to provide instruction.
Prevention is the best hope for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving the lives of children and families. Strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires a shared commitment of individuals and organizations in every community. Better Tomorrows hosts educational classes to teach appropriate parenting and frustration-management techniques to parents and guardians.
Better Tomorrows staff provides college preparatory courses and individual counseling to help youth and adults ascertain a strong educational foundation, and meet necessary pre-requisites for college admittance. Moreover, staff members share resources on financial aide opportunities, and how to personally finance advanced education. When appropriate, Better Tomorrows partners with evidence-based college prep organizations. Learn more about how this support changes the lives of people facing adversity here.
Older people who rated their quality of life as “good” were less likely to experience social exclusion. Better Tomorrows staff regularly plan special events designed to unite and strengthen the local community and prevent social exclusion. Learn more about one of these events here.
Better Tomorrows computer facilitators teach residents how to not only use a computer, but also how to use various online and technological programs. The goal of these classes is to help residents and community members become savvy computer users who can effectively apply this body of knowledge within employment and educational settings.
Better Tomorrows partners with local food professionals to teach individuals basic culinary skills and how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals. The programming includes: encouraging youth, adults, and seniors to explore new foods, instruction on the science of eating, and reinforcing healthy lifestyles.
Neighborhoods that are unsafe are associated with high rates of infant mortality and low birth weight, juvenile delinquency, high school dropout, lower employment rates, and child abuse and neglect. Conversely, safe neighborhoods produce greater rates of positive outcomes such as stronger families and community, and greater participation in social programs and volunteerism. Adult members of the community work with Better Tomorrows to plan meetings and group patrols to improve safety in the surrounding community. Learn more about an example of Better Tomorrows neighborhood safety transformation here.
Better Tomorrows staff coordinate transportation for residents to attend doctors’ visits.
Whenever possible, Better Tomorrows employs residents to help run community programming. Such examples of this reinvestment in the communites we serve are Better Tomorrows computer facilitators, community garden managers, etc.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Better Tomorrows is committed to ensuring all residents have homes where they can live independently and be proud of. To accomplish this, Better Tomorrows staff educate residents and community members about cost-effective energy programs and environmentally-friendly initiatives. These opportunities allow seniors and families to make informed decisions, and to have more manageable energy bills.
In Better Tomorrows English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, non-English speaking residents learn basic phrases and conversational English. Additional advanced classes are also available depending on the needs of the specific community.
Better Tomorrows organizes community gardens where individuals are trained in horticulture and learn responsibility, work and life skills, and the nutritional values of fresh produce. The gardens are cultivated and maintained by residents and the produce that is grown is sold to residents at below cost (or to famers markets at market rate) to raise money to maintain the garden.
Parent(s) / Guardian(s) and their children are invited to participate in Better Tomorrows Health Fairs, where local health providers and human services organizations provide educational opportunities and resources aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.
A variety of health courses are provided to adults and seniors to promote healthy lifestyles, disease management, and general wellbeing. Topics covered in these classes vary by community. Learn how Better Tomorrows health seminars change the lives of its participants here.
Better Tomorrows’ residents interested in advanced educational opportunities or technical training are provided guidance and application assistance to available scholarships. Better Tomorrows staff members help residents identify and obtain educational scholarships.
Sexual health and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) information is provided to adults and seniors. Better Tomorrows hosts trained healthcare professionals who respectfully answer questions, and encourage residents to make informed, safe decisions.
Regular meetings are held for adult and senior members of resident communities. These meetings allow for residents to address concerns, and to plan community and civic events.
Better Tomorrows staff help unemployed residents prepare for job placement by assisting with resume preparation, application assembly, and job training opportunities. Once employment is ascertained, staff members help residents coordinate services necessary for maintaining these jobs (e.g., transportation, childcare, scheduling, etc.).
Better Tomorrows staff escort registered-voters to established polling sites in the local community. Whenever possible, Better Tomorrows communities will host polling sites directly on our properties and additionally, provide advertisements and coordinate volunteers.
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