R.E.A.L. Skills Network Inc.


 1. REAL Skills Peer Mentors - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30-6:00

·         Open to high school students (14-17 years old).Meetings will take place three times a week after school, at the FPC.

·         Students will become certified mentors with training provided by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, Alternative to Violence NYS, and the National Association of Peer Counseling Programs (NAPP), Planned Parenthood SOS – Safe or Sorry – Peer Leader Education and Training

·         Students will be required to mentor one elementary school child.

·         The program will provide annual trips for participants, including, but not limited to, visits to the Bronx Zoo, the Apollo Theater, the Museum of Natural History, and the Lion King Broadway production in NYC. Mentorees will participate in three of these trips

2. D.E.A.L. - Developing Esteemed Academic Life-Skills Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30-5:30

                     ·         A Middle-School peer-mentor apprenticeship project that facilitates identification of self-awareness and esteem.

·         Promotes “soft” skills that allow participants to engage in meaningful relationships with peers, academic support systems and the community

·         Workshops will promote skills in public speaking, leadership, behavior management, mediation, and alternative to violence methodologies

·         Students will be responsible for coordination and management of all T.I.P.P activities

·         Programs will also include field trips to theatres and museums, both with R.E.A.L. Mentor/S.T.A.R.T. participants  

3. s.t.a.r.t. - students Target Academic Retention Techniques Weekdays 3:30-5:30

·         An elementary after-school curriculum which focuses on techniques that support academic retention and progression

·         Trained college and high school students will assist in the tutorial process to engage students in homework comprehension and completion   Workshops will consist of a wide range of core academic subjects as well as basic life skills such as the value of nutrition and conflict resolution strategies. 

*       Workshops will consist of a wide range of core academic subjects as well as basic life skills such as the value of nutrition and conflict resolution strategies

                              ·          Recreational activities such as games, movies, museum/theatre visits, field trips, and parties will act as accomplishment based incentives to ensure that students are not

                              only  learning  but are also having fun!

4. Touch of essence FASHION PROGRAM Tuesdays 6:00-8:00

·         Open to Poughkeepsie Middle and High School Students

·         Hands-on education in various aspects of fashion design, modeling, make-up application, and issues of self-esteem.

·         Includes fashion shows featuring original designs created and modeled by participants.

5. Hip Hop Theater TUesday AND Thursday 3:30-6:00

·         Open to all Middle and High School students (Grades 6-12)

·         Plays will focus on Hip Hop themes (social change values), such as “Brenda had a Baby,” by Tupac.

·         Theater participants will produce plays, with the assistance of Drama students from Vassar College.

·         Opportunity to get involved with play writing acting, directing, and learning about stage management.

6. T.I.P.P. - Teen Intervention Program and Party ONE FRIDAY EVERY 6-8 WKS

·         Open to Middle School age students (Grades 6-8).

·         The T.I.P.P. program will run from 6-10 PM one Friday per month. There will be 1 hour of pro-educational workshops, focusing on themes such as anti-violence, gang prevention, and Planned Parenthood. The Party, to follow the Program, will last until 10 PM.

·         If you miss the Message, you miss the Party!!

7. Real SPEECH MASTERS Youth Leadership Club Saturdays From 11:00-1:00

·         Youth Leadership helps young people build their communication and leadership skills so they may become tomorrow’s leaders in business, industry and the community. The program’s unique eight-session, workshop-style design enables participants to develop this potential through practical experience, providing emphasis on specialized speaking and leadership skills, and individual needs. Participants will learn to overcome nervousness, organize and present ideas, listen carefully to other’s ideas, offer advice to help others improve their speaking and leadership skills, and participate in –and even lead- group discussions or meetings.


·         Open to first to fifth grade students only

·         Academic (50%) – Participate in a NY State Summer Reading Program, complete Summer Study Initiative packets, learn and engage in Cornell Univ’s 40 Developmental Assets and Life and Social Skills Planning techniques derived from REAL START (Students Target Academic Retention Techniques) Curriculum.

·         Recreational (25%) Arts and Crafts, Kickball, Tab, Dodge Ball, and Lunch in the park.

·         Fitness (25%) Martial Arts, Cultural Dancing (Hip-Hop, Afro-Caribbean, etc.) REAL-Power Dance and Fitness facilitated by M*POWER Center for Cultural Fitness.