Here's just a small sampling of the many projects and programs we provide our young men.
Retreats coincide with spring, summer, and winter school breaks. Example of past retreat in Shaver Lake included: 10-year goal setting; identifying barriers to program success and discussing corrective action and continuous improvement; reflecting on what is working; and Self-Assessment worksheets and surveys. When we travel outside the area on overnight trips, our young men share their stories and hardships in a series of group sessions throughout our trip experience. We also travel to Fresno’s Scout Island Outdoor Education Center for leadership and team-building activities.
Workshops are offered throughout the year and are typically designed to result in short-term outcomes in a defined topic. For example: Financial Literacy Workshops that teach participants how to create a budget, open a savings account, and develop money-management skills. YMI also hosts a yearly reading project with a selected book and author who relate to our young men. The (2014) reading project was “Always Running,” by California Poet Laurate, Luis Rodriguez. We had a meet-and-greet with the author during our Los Angeles Arts and Culture field-trip. Our young men wrote spoken word poetry a few days prior to the trip and recited it at Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center the evening of our event. Tia Chucha’s is run by Luis Rodriguez. Per YMI Bros' recommendations, the YMI Campus will include spoken word nights to help improve public speaking opportunities and engage students in the creative arts.
Brotherhood Reunions offer opportunities for alumni and current YMI Brothers to share successes and hardships under one roof. We highlight achievements, recognize striving brothers, and encourage each other to keep pressing forward. We also share these successes and hardships by collaborating withothers across the region: African American Male Achievement in Oakland and Nu Alpha Kappa in Fresno.
Educational Field Trips
Educational Field Trips supplement YMI bi-weekly leadership instruction with experiences and activities that align with new Common Core Standards, such as: college tours, YMI panel discussion at Fresno Pacific University, YMI Campus work experience in construction and landscape maintenance, and hospitality management experiences while serving food at special events. We teach the 4 C’s: critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration across multiple subjects/activities.
Service learning / community service
Service Learning/Community Service activities create civic engagement, help develop responsibility and character, and improve the community through service. Activities have included: serving food to Veterans and homeless; decorating for venues like the Fresno Food Expo and the Fresno Airport Terminal; visiting social enterprise hubs like Bitwise Industries; pumpkin harvest and delivery at elementary school sites; catering and hospitality services for special events; cleanup, restoration and rehabilitation of public spaces and natural habitats; visiting social service organizations like Poverello House; and disaster preparedness and flood safety.
Annual Christmas Wreath Silent Auction
Wristband fundraiser promoting pride in the Central Valley
Serving at weddings, special events, birthdays, among other activities