The PYS Inc., Adolescent Male Empowerment Network (AMEN) Program, works closely with young men between 14-21 years old, who are the targets for a barrage of negative influences such as the lure to engage in illegal activities, substance abuse, and police brutality. The program incorporates a cognitive therapy framework in which the goal is to help them acquire the resiliency and self-efficacy skills necessary to motivate and encourage them to understand and craft strategies that will change their behavior and responses to various life situations they might confront in their daily lives.
Through this program we:
- Provide a supportive and inclusive environment in which young men can meet on an regular basis to explore and discuss various topics;
- Offer a safe and nurturing atmosphere where young men can freely share their life experiences with each other and positive adult male role models while developing a brotherhood among them;
- Create fun and life enriching opportunities that will improve a young man’s interpersonal and social skills. Such activities might include cultural, educational, and sporting events;
- Promote the social development of young men to enhance their transition from adolescence and become productive and responsible citizens.