Project EXCEL

The goal of Project EXCEL (Enrichment Times [X] Commitment Equals Learning) is to provide support and structure for youth at risk of involvement in delinquent activity so they can learn to make safe and healthy choices in their lives. Project EXCEL serves as a prevention and a diversion program.
Youth are referred to Project EXCEL by school administrators/counselors, social workers, or through the Child Study process.
Trained volunteers from the community, including schools, businesses and service clubs serve as mentors and adjunct staff.

 

Project EXCEL uses social and recreational programs to address the following:

  • truancy from school/home
  • parent/child conflict
  • academic difficulties
  • peer relations & healthy decisions
  • substance use/abuse
  • violent behavior
  • self-esteem issues
  • disruptive behavior

 

Program Components

Each youth referred to Project EXCEL may participate in one of the following program components depending on their individual needs:

  • Healthy decision-making workshops
  • Individualized emotional/social support
  • Combination of both program components

 

In addition, youth may have the opportunity to participate and/or receive the following:

  • Service learning and recreational activities
  • Academic support

 

Academic Support
Project EXCEL youth receive help with homework during program time. Academic support includes individual assistance with homework or areas of academic deficiencies. Project EXCEL staff are present to facilitate these sessions.

 

Additional Family Services
The youth’s family also has access to the following:

  • Family conflict resolution workshops
  • Parenting education and support groups
  • Information and referral assistance to programs available in the Downriver area.

 

Who is eligible?

Our program serves students enrolled at Strong Middle School in Melvindale and Patrick Henry Middle School in Woodhaven.

 

Project EXCEL Workshops

Youth participating in the healthy decision-making workshops will focus on topics including: anger management, self-esteem, drug and alcohol prevention, healthy decision making, and conflict resolution. Sessions are offered on a continuing basis.

 

Individualized Support
Project EXCEL youth receiving individualized support will have the opportunity to work individually with a staff member toidentify the youth’s specific needs and/or challenging behaviors. With support, youth will learn new skills and tools to address these emotional/social challenges.

 

Service Learning
Each month the Project EXCEL youth and staff have opportunities for group service projects that are fun, meaningful and rewarding. Past events include working in local soup kitchens, volunteering at animal shelters, and spending time with seniors at local assisted-living facilities.

 

Recreational Activities
Project EXCEL youth have opportunities for a variety of recreation events such as laser tag, bowling, IMAX movies and sporting events.

 

For more information, please contact Ross Witte at 734-785-7705 x7003 or rwitte@guidance-center.org.