Programs and Initiatives

All of Family Matters’ programs are grounded in the organization’s commitment to fostering leadership opportunities. We support youth and families in building healthy relationships to self, others and the community through individualized and age- and gender-specific activities, all of which incorporate both academic and social emotional learning (SEL). Programs meet Monday – Friday between 3:00 and 8:30 PM.

Family Matters’s holistic youth engagement efforts include an overlay of the following initiatives in each program:

  • Social-Emotional Skills
  • Health and Wellness
  • Academic Achievement
  • Post-Secondary Readiness
  • Leadership and Social Justice
  • Youth-Led Community Impact
  • Business Acumen and Career Mentoring


Boys to Men

The Teen Boys Programs facilitate life-enhancing leadership and community-building opportunities for young men in the North of Howard neighborhood, with an emphasis on entrepreneurial skills. . . learn more

That Goddess Power

The Teen Girls Programs provide a space for young women to think critically, explore new opportunities, and take risks within a challenging and safe environment. . . . learn more

Family Connections

Family Connections is a leadership, literacy, and academic learning program for 20 children, ages 5-12. . . learn more

Partners in Learning

Family Matters’ Partners in Learning program is the neighborhood’s only one-to-one tutor-mentoring program that meets after 6:30 PM. . . learn more

Principles of Leadership

The Principles of Leadership are the social-emotional tenets upon which Family Matters was founded . . . learn more

Project RISE

Project RISE works with youth, volunteers, and community partners to create a safe space for experiential learning in the area of job readiness. . . . learn more