S.T.R.E.E.T. is an acronym for our afterschool and summer program that supports young men living in potentially high-risk communities in Kalamazoo.

  • Survival: We provide immediate support to help them survive.
  • Trust: We build relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
  • Resources: We provide the resources they need.
  • Education: We provide education and opportunities to rebuild self-esteem.
  • Empowerment: We empower them to move forward.
  • They: The results. They become productive and positive role models for their peer group and neighborhood.

S.T.R.E.E.T.’s goal is to eliminate barriers in our communities that expose underserved boys (age 10-17) to the inequities of life. The program is structured to eliminate racial barriers and stigmas that have a negative influence. We work to reduce risk factors in targeted neighborhoods, such as the north side of Kalamazoo. By using a trauma-focused approach, we provide services for boys who are academically, socially, or emotionally delayed, experience behavioral/mental health problems as a reflection of vulnerabilities in the communities in which they live, and work to decrease underage drinking and drug use among these adolescents.


Black male youth, ages 10 – 17.


Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

For more information about the program or to refer a student, please contact the S.T.R.E.E.T. Center at (269) 276-0688 or Charlene Taylor at (269) 343-1651 ext. 120.


The S.T.R.E.E.T. Afterschool Program aims to provide the resources and support that teens need to be successful in school and in life.