Building resiliency, one kid at a time
School suspensions are an indicator of a student’s potential to disengage from school. Traditional out-of-school suspensions have proven to be counter-productive, putting students at greater risk of repeat suspensions and even dropping out of school.
YMCA Alternative Suspension is a dropout prevention program designed to counter these risk factors. The main objective is to transform a student’s suspension into a positive experience. YMCA Alternative Suspension encourages school perseverance by helping youth identify what motivates them, build the tools they need to overcome the challenges they’re facing, and ultimately have success when they go back to school.