TOPPS (Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service) Inc. will begin its fall programming in September, according to a news release.
After-school tutoring begins Sept. 10. Applications will be taken at the TOPPS office, 1000 Townsend Drive, Aug. 27-30, and Sept. 4-7.
TOPPS programs include:
After-school tutoring — from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the program provides homework help, tutoring and grade-level reinforcement to students in grades K-12 in a small group or one-on-one tutoring environment.
Beginning Steps — a mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 combines youth mentorship and fun through diverse opportunities. Beginning Steps allows the girls to explore new opportunities while building life-long bonds with positive female mentors. The program focuses on academic achievement, developing social skills, building life skills, interpersonal social development and community service.
Changing Steps — for girls ages 13-18 aims to empower young women to dream more, lead more, and learn to do it together. TOPPS links girls to women mentors of character and women dedicated to changing their community. They focus on building lasting positive relationships with girls by instilling five core values: academic achievement, self-respect, sisterhood, leadership and community service.
Marcus C. Harris II — Moving Forward Program is the mentoring program for males ages 8-18. It promotes the four anchors of honor: family, respect of brotherhood, academic achievement and community service. “Moving Forward empowers young men whom society – and sometimes even family members – have given up on. We teach self-respect, self-worth and respect of others. These life lessons enable our young men to succeed and serve the community,” according to the news release.
TOPPS’ Dreams Require Educating and Motivating Students (DREAMS) — the college enrichment program that helps at-risk students in high poverty areas graduate high school and enroll in college. DREAMS provides 10th-12th graders with college mentors who will guide them through the process. The objective of DREAMS is to eliminate college preparation barriers by providing financial support for college prep fees, educating students and parents on the college admission process and exposing students to as many colleges and financial aid options as possible.
TOPPS Graphics — a job-training and graphic design training site for selected TOPPS students. Students meet from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students learn Adobe, Photoshop and a small business foundation. Students design T-shirts, banners, yard signs and other items.
TOPPS Tech — Robotic Team Coding, robotics and (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) STEM related interest areas where students learn about science and earn the chance to compete for scholarships.
TOPPS BEAT Program — provides education to men and women about breast health. Transportation assistance is provided to patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants receive mammograms referrals at little to no cost.
TOPPS Feeding Program — provides meals, supper and snacks to children 18 and younger at seven sites. Parents may bring their children by the TOPPS office to receive free meals. All meals must be consumed on site. Parents may contact TOPPS for locations and details.
TOPPS Emergency Food Boxes — provide emergency food boxes to families in need. Adults must complete an application to be eligible for boxes.
Details: Annette Dove, executive director, 870-850-6011.