By Nurturing Education and Rewarding Determination we envision that our youth will:
1. Develop to become citizens learning how to interact appropriately in social settings through mentoring.
2. Pursue a higher level of education.
3. Obtain healthy lifestyles through exercise and proper eating.
Our mission is to nurture education and reward the determination of our youth by adhering to the young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The N.E.R.D YOUTH Services is actively embarking boys and girls whom other youth agencies have had difficulty in reaching in order to enrich their lives. We are dedicated to ensuring that our community’s youth have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.
In a world that has never seemed more unmotivated to facilitate our youth in a direction that will benefit them for the future, the N.E.R.D YOUTH Services provide a tangible measure of hope. The N.E.R.D YOUTH Services offers young people what they need and want most; adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits.
Over the past decade, several media and scholarly based journals have informed our nation of the cry for help and plight of our youth. Increasing incidents across America suggest that the demand for more efforts are needed to develop programming to address the debacle that torments our urban area youth.
“Inner-community conflicts also contribute to an undercurrent of suspicion for youth who experience particular disrespect and violence in their living environments or who find hope a rare commodity (West, C. (1993). Race matters. Boston, MA: Beacon Press). Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) released America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline in October 2007. CDF’s research provided highlights of disheartening statistics that impact African American children as a whole, but more a concerned perspective for African American males.
• Homicide remains the leading cause of death for African American men aged 15-44 years old.
• 59 percent of Black males in their early 30s who dropped out of school had prison records.
Alarming rate of increased teen birth (68.8 percent) in the African American community, African American children growing up in single parent households (56 percent), and the rising numbers of grandparents raising children (CDF 2007) issues related to absent fathers is a major component of the well being of the African American youth.
“The urban America youth is at a state of emergency. The senseless killings that are taking place nationally have shown the urgent need for intervention. The family dynamics aren’t the same as generations of the past having more single parent homes (absent fathers) grandparents raising grandchildren, so the need for mentoring and organized services are important for modeling the inner city youth in America.”- Cedric A. Washington Founder & Executive Director, N.E.R.D Youth Services, Inc.
Nurturing Education Rewarding Determination YOUTH Services has been designed to enhance the skills of the youth in the areas of academics, mentoring, and physically. Field trips, college tours, financial literacy programs will be offered to help develop an awareness of opportunities and gain experience as well as exposure to a healthy balance life and future for our youth.