ABOUT PROJECT SEEDS - HEALS
MISSION & HISTORY.
Affirming YOUth Foundation, Inc., founded in 2011, is a not-for-profit community-based organization established to provide trauma-informed supportive services emphasizing prevention, harm reduction, mental health education, screening for trauma exposure and related symptoms, and evidenced-based, culturally relevant programs to youth and families in Liberty City, Miami, Florida.
We combine community expertise, local knowledge, experience, resources, school district leadership, university human capital, and strategic service providers positioned to reduce the incidence of violence through evidenced-based services to trauma-impacted youth. The objectives of our interventions are to improve youth social and emotional wellness, increase student’s life and coping skills, improve academic performance, reduce the occurrence of violence, improve school and community climate based on participants, and improve family engagement.
Affirming YOUth Foundation, with generous support from the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is proud to announce a new initiative supporting victims of gang violence for Miami-Dade youth who reside in the Liberty City community.
OJJDP awarded Affirming YOUth Foundation (AYF) $960,000.00, over three years, for its innovative PROJECT SEEDS - HEALS Initiative (PROJECT Social, Emotional, Enhancement, and Development for Success – Helping, Empowering, and Lifting Society. Affirming YOUth was one of ten recipients in the United States to receive funding.
The Level UP component of PROJECT SEEDS - HEALS provides intensive onsite technical assistance, conducts research and evaluation, and informs public policy. Working with local universities/ colleges and community organizations, we are at the forefront of innovation focused on in improving community- institutional researcher collaborations. Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial learning space for addressing root causes of inequality among vulnerable populations in South Florida.