Unique Perceptions Services for girls is a non-profit organization providing a outreach program for middle and high school teenage girls throughout the Richmond and surrounding counties. This program will form an alliance with local school districts, the juvenile court system and other community resources. UPS goal is to promote family preservation, strong interpersonal skills, pro-social friendships and reassert a sense of hope in the futures of these young ladies. We want to support them as they create their own success. Our programming is intentionally designed and scaffolded so that the girls who complete our program will be motivated to graduate from high school and matriculate to college, be work ready active citizens, cultivate positive relationships with adults and peers. As coaches (mentors), we will work diligently to provide these young ladies with an environment that is comfortable, educational, and spiritual. It is our mission to provide a model learning environment where our young ladies can be educated and empowered to achieve excellence and change the world.
UPS is a program that is in direct response to the growing number of girls that are either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with the juvenile court system. The goal of the program is to identify these youth who are going to have a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each age group but the goal remains the same; empower the youth to make positive changes in her life.
Promise-Excellence and change from within,
Effort-Work smart, hard and diligently to obtain great results
Teamwork-One team one community
Respect-Honor our community and ourselves
Diversity-Embrace our differences
Integrity-Strength of character, accountability and responsibility
Fun- Always have a good time
Meeting our youth’s needs when parents cannot is a public role. There are families faced with domestic violence, child molestation and mistreatment, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, depression, physical and mental disabilities and a host of other possible peril situations. We intend for the welfare system to protect the children’s safety by supporting the families, investigating the abuse and removing the children from the home when needed. In some cases, we have families that do not have any of the above issues or only one or two however; they are faced with multiple jobs, fluctuating employment hours, low income housing, single parent homes, troubled marriages, financial situations and economic status.
Have you ever been sitting in your living room and your daughter walks in and says “Mom, I’m bored”?
As a member of U.P.S your daughter will have more than enough to occupy her time and her mind. If its her being picked up by a mentor to go to the library to fill out applications for college or maybe a fun field trip would be scheduled on a particular weekend you may have needed some rest.
We want to keep our girls occupied with positive life experiences so that they are becoming leaders in our community.