Every day more than 11 million youth leave school and have no place to go. Youth and Family Resources provides a safe place for the teens of Smith County to play, grow and learn while empowering them to excel in school. Teens who attend The SPOT often perform better academically and are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and attend school consistently.
Youth and Family Resources is constantly involved with the Smith County school systems, faith- based organizations, homeschool and community organizations. We have been trained and utilize the popular, innovative curriculum of REAL Essentials in our mentoring. This is an evidence- based program approved by the Department of Health. It is specifically designed to equip facilitators to teach young people skills for combating challenges they face in adolescence and building resilience among youth. Lesson content captivates the heart and directs students toward positive decision making, and social/emotional health. It is being used across the country to teach high school student’s critical skills and practical approaches for navigating middle school and high school years.
Youth and Family Resources is a faith- based youth development program that serves students in grades 5th thru 12th and all programs are offered at no cost to participants.
Mentoring, Real Essentials, Life Skills, and Social/Emotional Health Education, connection to Mental Health Resources and Education. Recovery Resources include AA and NA meetings at the Spot on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Contact Director for more information. 615-489-5900 or email@example.com
Other Resources often include shoes, food, clothing, etc. to meet the needs of youth.
YFRN is a support to Guidance Counselors, Wellness Teachers, Alternative Schools and the Juvenile Court System. Mentors are also available to speak at local churches/youth groups.
Meet our Director
As the Director of Youth and Family Resource Network, Barbara is passionate about equipping young people to reach their potential. She has served as a youth minister and is credentialed by Youth for Christ Worldwide Organization. She is a certified trainer for the Building Strong Brains program as well as Real Essentials and Life Skills curriculum. Barbara is a Certified Prevention Specialist, empowering young people with the skills to make healthy choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools and community.