Alternative Youth Development Program Lawrence Youth Team (LYT) FY’17 was a year of transition for LFD’s Alternative Youth Development Program. In a move to reduce redundancy and share costs, much of FY’17 was spent strategically merging the Lawrence Youth Team and YouthBuild - Lawrence under one umbrella. SISU In addition to the merger, the Alternative Youth Development Program underwent a rebranding effort. Finding inspiration in selected readings, the program came together under the name SISU. "SISU is a unique Finnish concept. It stands for the philosophy that what must be done will be done, regardless of what it takes. SISU is a special strength and persistent determination and resolve to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity…an almost magical quality, a combination of stamina, perseverance, courage and determination held in reserve for hard times.” We believe that SISU represents each of our young people and the qualities they demonstrate on a daily basis. Project Adventure Merging the Alternative Youth Development programs involved much more than combining resources and space. The real work was creating a culture and a shared mission and understanding. To help facilitate a smooth transition, Project Adventure designed and conducted a series of transformative training workshops for both staff and participants. Project Adventure provided 25 hours of programming over a three-month period and helped establish a culture that will not only guide the transition into the SISU Center but will also shape Lawrence Family Development’s Alternative Youth Programming into the future. Nicholas came to the Lawrence Youth Team a little over 2 years ago. He had dropped out of high school and was associated with several active gang members. He was also taking care of his mom, who was battling cancer. While in the program, Nicholas spent time working at the Bellevue Cemetery, as part of the LFDCS summer crew, and as part of the original SISU work crew. Nicholas was also pursuing his HiSET at the Lawrence Adult Learning Center. In early FY’17, with the help of his LYT Case Manager, he passed his driving test and in the early Spring, he started a full-time job at Dunkin Donuts. Recently, after months of perseverance and hard work, Nicholas completed his HiSET. He has also left Dunkin Donuts and is working full time for a local landscaping company. In January, he will begin a training course for his Commercial Drivers License through Valley Works, widening his career opportunities. Nicholas continues to engage with the SISU staff and program participants. A quiet force, Nicholas is a role model for his peers in the program and a true success story for Lawrence Family Development. LFDEF, INC FY’2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORT PAGE 7

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