A Foundation of Children United to Succeed, Inc (F.O.C.U.S.) began as an after-school program for at risk African American males in the Cleveland Public Schools, in Cleveland Ohio. It began as an intervention program designed to promote educational encouragement, unity, academic achievement, personal development, and positive character traits, for African American males ages 5 - 16 years old. It began as a program which operated two days a week after school. By providing extra guidance and alternative lessons including positive character building and life skills activities, this program intended to be a stepping stone for a productive educational future for students. Today, A Foundation of Children United to Succeed, Inc continue to focus on enhancing the learning and development of the entire child.
The Mission of A Foundation of Children United to Succeed, Inc. (F.O.C.U.S.) is to be a pillar in transforming the lives of all youth empowering them to achieve at their fullest potential Socially, Educationally, Creatively, Physically, Morally and Spiritually.
To be a powerful youth program effectively and enhancing the quality of life for all youth.
Maximizing creativity and problem-solving potential by using a student – centered approach that turns visions into reality which results in lasting change.
Each person affiliated with F.O.C.U.S. Academy is a valued member of our learning community. Each person (including students’ family members) is responsible for promoting positive and productive learning opportunities in an equitable and effective manner. Providing a safe and secure educational environment where students are empowered to grow emotionally and socially, develop academic and job skills, while connecting with vital resources. Students will develop at their fullest potential academically, social - emotionally, and physically; being transformed into individuals prepared to assume the responsibility of citizenship. To this end, we value respect, integrity, achievement through accountability, and trusting relationships. These values are the pillars of our learning and developmental community.
Values / Pillars of Our Learning Community
Cooperation & Interdependence
P.E.A.C.E. Against Bullying is an entity of A Foundation of Children United to Succeed, Inc. It is a proactive initiative intended to ACTIVELY interrupt harmful and violent behaviors. It is our intentions to be committed and engaged in the process of prevention and intervention. Through our initiative, we will offer educational workshops, materials and resources such as counseling services, and be a safe haven for our youth.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among, but not limited to school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may encounter long term effects.
The term Bullying can be considered an umbrella term for many other harms and violent behaviors against persons. Domestic violence, racism, gang violence, abuse and neglect, and other negative acts against humanity can also fall under the category of bullying.
Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support youth who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.
Effects of Bullying
Long Term Effects of Bullying
1. According to scientific evidence, bullying can cause depression and anxiety and suicidal tendencies.
2. Bullying causes physical problems in adulthood. Research has proved that if your body is subject to systemic, chronic inflammation, you are at risk of suffering from illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes in adulthood.
3. The ‘toxic’ stress caused by bullying in childhood can be damaging in adulthood. Our bodies are able to cope with a certain amount of stress but prolonged, strong and frequent stress in childhood has far-reaching effects in adulthood.
Parents, Educators, and Children & Community Leaders
Partner with us today and be empowered against bullying!
We have an obligation to protect the well-being of our youth in every aspect.
Parents support youth impacted by bullying behaviors and can also help bullies change. Parents of bullies can build a balance of structure and emotional support, and hold young people responsible and accountable for their actions;
Educators (Teachers, Administrators, and Community Leaders) set consistent limits on bullying behavior, build positive relationships, support targets of bullying, and help bullies change.
Children can find ways to bring peaceful peer pressure to bear on bullies; tell adults what they see; and reach out to targets of bullying.
Be Empowered on Purpose
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Your support and contributions will enable us to fulfill our mission.