Crossroads partnered with ChildFund International 11/9/2013

Crossroads will be working on 3 projects with ChildFund International:

Project 1 Youth Employment Initiative- we will enroll 50 youth (ages 16 to 25) in a youth employment initiative. This program will prepare youth for the workforce by increasing employability skills, work ethics, life skills, personal finance and leadership skills. We are required to get 29 youth employed, but we will exceed this minimum requirement.

Project 2 Youth Leadership Council- we will service 2000 youth in the Rio Grande Valley. Crossroads will set up youth leadership council chapters in communities where economically disadvantage youth live. Youth will have ongoing leadership and life skills training. These chapters will consist of youth leaders who will identify problems in their communities and develop solutions to solve the problem. Youth will learn many skills and improve their communities.

Project 3 Youth Civic Engagement- this past week we worked with ChildFund and several other partners to develop a model for youth civic engagement. Crossroads will continue to work with CFI to create the perfect model, beta test it here in the Valley and then initiate the model throughout the world where CFI service youth.

Crossroads has been blessed in not only having the privilege of servicing youth in the Rio Grande Valley, but will have a greater impact on youth across the world.

Program Stages


Stage 1 Character Development

We use the Why Try curriculum that is extremely amazing which uses music to get youth engaged. Please watch this video:
This program has amazing results

Stage 2 Leadership

This stage covers the following:

  •     Active listening skills
  •     Working as a team
  •     Speaking and presenting
  •     Understanding key leadership skills to be an effective leader
  •     Development of youth council
  •     Determine community issues
  •     Take action: community engagement, complete 2 community projects lead by youth

Stage 3 Career Exploration-youth start to build their career portfolio (physical and online)


  •     Explore careers
  •     Develop career map that describes the pathways to get to career goal
  •     Develop short (3 months), Intermediate (1 year), long (5 years) and life SMART goals with action plans
  •     Job readiness skills
    •         Resume writing
    •         How to properly fill out an employment application
    •         Interviewing techniques
    •         How to dress for the interview and the job
    •         Time management
    •         Stress management
    •         Work ethics
    •         How to get promoted
    •         Soft skills
    •         Basic Technology skills
  • How to use a computer
  • How to fax
  • How to copy


  •      Working with other employees
  •      Job search
  •      Job training
  •     Final stage: help student find employment

Stage 4 College Readiness (optional stage, but highly encouraged) This stage is for youth that find out in stage 3 that their career path requires completion post-secondary education. If youth are on a vocational pathway (i.e. welding) they are not required to complete this stage, but we will encourage them to attend.


  •     Visit college campuses
  •     How to enroll college
  •     Complete FASFA
  •     College life on campus
  •     How to be a successful college student
  •     Final step complete college enrollment requirements (optional for vocational pathway youth, but required for college bound youth)

Stage 5 Alumni-graduates of our program become members of Crossroads Alumni Association which will be lead an Alumni board of past graduates. Active Alumni Members will do the following:



  •     Mentor currently enrolled youth
  •     Raise money for scholarships for currently enrolled youth
  •     Alumni board work closely with Crossroads Academy board members to ensure the success of the academy.
  •     Serve on Crossroads Academy advisory committees for upcoming projects