Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. AFG accomplishes this mission through three key services: AFG Prevention, the AFG Shelter/Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) and AFG Outreach.
AFG is based in Detroit and manages a 24 hour per day crisis line and a resource centre with a walk in centre, and the option to chat via the web.
AFG prevention works with girls 4-18 at high risk of pregnancy, gangs, drugs and school truancy.
There are after school programs, teen leadership programs and summer camps.
AFG Shelter helps with establishing stable homes, counselling and life skills to homeless young women 15-21 and their off spring.
AFG Outreach helps teens and women in high risk activities such as street prostitution, drug use and gangs, showing them understanding of the risks of such pursuits and that there are other choices.
They regularly stage events as fund raisers and the next one is on March 28th.
2018 Role Model Dinner includes Alicia Boler Davis who is executive vice president of General Motors Global Manufacturing. She has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Science.
Deborah LaBelle, an attorney and writer, who works tirelessly for human rights of people in detention, dealing with race and gender subjects and right of children in criminal justice and education systems.
Monica L Martinez is the third role model, who is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Comerica Bank. She oversees charitable contribution budgets as well as dealing with all corporate philanthropic giving.
All very inspiring role models for girls and women.
The inspiration for Alternatives For Girls came in 1985 when a group of southwest Detroit residents, clergy and business people began to share concerns about the alarming increase in drug use, homelessness, prostitution and street activity among girls and young women.
Originally a small, volunteer-run program, operating a five-bed emergency shelter in a neighbourhood church, AFG has evolved into a multi-service agency with over 50 employees. It is housed in a two-story brick building constructed in 2002.