This program is dedicated to promoting self-reliance for individuals, families and the community. We do this by providing a variety of programs and solutions designed to address:
- Civic Service Groups
- Community Development Groups
- Community Protection Groups
A. Civic Service Groups
This unit has a group of qualified volunteers and scholars who are dedicated to provide assistance that broadly aim to accomplish three goals with Ethio-American youth:
a. Knowledge – The Ethiopian-American community will be able to:
- Learn and describe the community how and where they live
- Learn and describe local and city issues
- Learn how to distinguish characteristics and actions of being effective citizen
- Learn how to explain factors and institutions that control public policy
- Learn how individuals can address community problems
b. Skills – The Ethio-American community will:
- Acquire information from public resources
- Evaluate information for objectivity, accuracy, and point of View
- Use the information acquired to solve individual, community and social problems
- Perform duties and responsibilities in cooperation with others
- Develop critical-thinking skills to make informed and dependable decision
- Build up communication and persuasion skills
- Assess personal actions to redefine or restructure behavior
- Develop and ask value added and effective questions
c. Attitude – Children in our Ethio-American community will:
- Understand and respect human diversity
- Extend a sense of effectiveness in the role of community advocacy
- Promote the value of service and continued involvement in the our community
B. Community Development Groups
This team, within our foundation is prepared to play a major role in two primary areas:
- Actively engaged with parents to be more involved in the children education
- Encourage and inspire leadership qualities in our children. Inspire and educate them to become future leaders for our Society.
The other important tasks of this group is to provide quality service to the Participants, perform assigned responsibilities, and plan, organize, monitor, supervise, coordinate and participate in team-work in the community development. The primary objective of this group is to bring the Ehio-American community together as one and help out our participant in the field of:
- Money Management
- Job Skills
- Physical Health
- Emergency Preparation
- Family Life Skills
1. Money Management – we will teach them how:
- To create a family budget
- To plan for retirement
- To build asset-home ownership, and college fund
2. Job Skills – we will help them on how:
- To put together skills that will help the community with employment and every day living, such as preparing resumes and interviewing skills.
- To develop strong work ethics
- To take advantage of educational opportunities, in order to provide for their families
3. Physical Health – we will assist them on how:
- To obtain healthcare for their family and the community as a whole
- To develop a habit for proper nutrition
- Encouraging Health Lifestyle by staying physically active.
4. Emergency Preparation – we will provide them with instructional methods on how:
- To set up an emergency fund
- To keep food storage
- To stock up an emergency supply kit
- To develop a family communications plan for disasters and other emergencies
5. Family Life Skills – we will give limited instruction and guidelines on how:
- To make home repair
- To maintain cars
- To keep clean houses or apartments
C. Community Protection Groups
This team has an utmost responsibility to enhance child protection in the Ethio-American community through collaboration and advocacy. This unit is also established as an agency to protect the elderly and the disadvantaged, families or individuals and the community in general.
- Understanding of how families and the community as whole are impacted by issues that put children at risk.
- An opportunity to create active participation in community initiatives directed towards Child protection, such as volunteer activities, organizing children and/or Family programs, and developing private and public partnerships to enhance the protection of children.
- Educating and creating awareness, what steps the community has to take to protect children.
- Provide knowledge of how local officials respond to child protection and needs in the community.
- Understanding of what the State of California law expects, in regards to child protection and child services. Protect their children.
- An opportunity to voice community’s ideas about child protection needs.