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F.E.T.C.H.! Our Vision, Mission, Goals...

The F.E.T.C.H. Program

Welcome to The Family Enrichment Through Computing and Hope Program better know as The F.E.T.C.H. Program.

Our VISION is to live in a society where crime-ridden neighborhoods are a thing of the past, because guns are retired and former offenders are too busy working for reputable companies or operating their own businesses.

Our MISSION is to convert former and present perpetrators of crime and gun-related violence into honest employed tax-paying citizens, while drying up the pipeline to prison or the graveyard for future youthful offenders.

We BELIEVE that through hard work, dedication and righteous anchors every human life can be a success story.

Our GOAL is to provide pathways to employment within the Information Technology sector as clearly visible and attainable alternatives to crime and gun-violence.
 
Our OBJECTIVE is to produce at least 90 newly certified I.T. Professionals per year from residents living within crime-ridden communities.

F.E.T.C.H.! What is it?

What does it mean to me?
The F.E.T.C.H. Program started out primarily focusing on using Information Technology (our major tool for skills training) as a unique approach to neighborhood crime-prevention and gun-violence reduction.

However in order to respond to the direct requests of our program participants for personal development workshops aimed at benefitting the entire family, The F.E.T.C.H. Program has grown into much more than just a technology driven teaching agency.

Propelled by our unyielding commitment to continued program improvement, increased reach, effectiveness of services offered and relevance to the lives of our target population, The F.E.T.C.H Program now offers:
a) Personal Development Training,
b) Entrepreneurship Training,
c) Academic Enrichment Programs,
d) A Teen Mentorship Program and
e) A Re-entry Program aimed at ex-offenders.

F.E.T.C.H.!FamilyEnrichmentThroughComputingand HopeProgram What is it?

Let's break it down... F.E.T.C.H.

The Family  Enrichment Through Computing and Hope Program.

  • Family - A core group of people who care about each other, and take care of each...allowing enough room for healthy development of skills, opinion and self-image while providing tools and resources necessary for nurturing the wholesome life-styles and prosperous future endeavors.
  • Enrichment - This is the act of adding value to an already existing entity; Thereby increasing its worth, while making it more attractive and appealing to all.
  • Through By the means or instrumentality of; by the way or agency of: We employ several tools in trying to improve our community, technology just happen to be one means.
  • Computing - F.E.T.C.H. started out primarily focusing on using Information Technology as our major tool for skills training. However we have since then grown into much more than a technology driven teaching agency. F.E.T.C.H now offers personal development training, entrepreneurship training, grant-writing work-shops, academic enrichment, re-entry programs, after-school programs and so much more.
  • Hope - Uplifting the helpless, restoring the broken and helping the under-served to realize their new lease on life.

    Thinking Family Enrichment?

    Think F.E.T.C.H.!

How F.E.T.C.H. Works

The following information is a general outline of the F.E.T.C.H. program's code of conduct and operational guideline.  All individuals and family  units interested in  receiving service form the F.E.T.C.H. program are encouraged to read and understand it in its entirity before agreeing to becoming a participant in our program.

Attendance and Tardiness.

The F.E.T.C.H. Program provides classes and offer training on Computer Assembly, Web Development, Graphics and Computer Animation. Classes typically run for sixteen weeks. Classes are scheduled for two hours per session, twice per week. For a typical class session students would choose one of the following options:

6:00 pm to 8 pm - Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm to 8 pm - Tuesdays and Thursdays

Attendance is recorded for each class. Students are scored for both attendance and punctuality. Roll-call usually ends at 10 minutes after the hour for each class session. Students are considered tardy if they show up after ten minutes past the hour.

Participants are usually allowed a maximum of 2 incidents of tardiness. A third incident

Is scored as an unexcused absence. Each student is allowed one incident of unexcused absence. A second unexcused absence constitutes sufficient grounds for dismissal from the program as such occurrences most likely result in such a students falling too far behind the rest of the class to be able to keep up with this fast-paced, interactive learning environment.

Discipline.

The Program Provider assumes that all parents/guardians/students/applicants understand the importance of the technology training offered by The F.E.T.C.H. Program towards the improvement of their own personal life and livelihood. The Program Provider

Continues to emphasize to all participants that all training, classes and benefits are been offered at no cost to participants, however, the program and it benefits are by no means free, or without value.

Program administrators therefore STRONGLY mandates the following simple code of conduct:

All parents/guardians/students/applicants MUST conduct themselves in an orderly manner in order to be considered qualified/eligible to continue to receive the training and benefits from this program.

Under no circumstance will there be any allowance made for insubordination, disrespectful attitude, fowl language, disruptive conduct or lewd behavior. Inappropriate chatter, side-shows, and other distractions MUST be checked at the door.

Any failure or refusal to comply to the above stated code of conduct constitutes grounds for removal from the program, with no exceptions or equivocation\n.


Program Quality and Dress Code.

In an attempt to maintain the highest standards possible as well as securing a healthy future for the F.E.T.C.H. program, a dress-code conducive to the establishment of professional physical demeanor is enforced.

All parents/guardians/students/applicants are expected to carry themselves in a professional manner, consistent with at least that of technicians employed in the aspired- to technology related positions.

Because of the nature if the program, and the assumption on the part of the program provider that parents/guardians/students/applicants appreciate the tremendous blessings afforded to them by being allowed to participate in this program, The F.E.T.C.H. program administrators assume that each parents/guardians/students/applicants will see the need to act as partners in helping us to ensure the maintenance of high standards in the quality of our instituted dress code, and the conduct of all participants.

All parents/guardians/students/applicants are hereby deputized to assist Instructors and Administrators in this ongoing effort to ensure the safety of equipment and supplies as well as the general upkeep of the building, classrooms and furniture used by the program.

Etchings, graffiti (however creative), defacing of furniture or any other acts of vandalism is strictly prohibited.

It is a foregone conclusion that all male parents/guardians/students/applicants will wear belts in their pants, where necessary, and, at the very minimum, a shirt and a pair of covered-toe shoes to class in order to be considered eligible to participate in this program. No Tank-Tops/Wife-Beaters, Low-riders etc. allowed.

In the same token, all female parents/guardians/students/applicants are expected to wear decent attire and shoes in order to be considered eligible for the Program. Any form of indecent attire provides grounds for immediate dismissal from The Program.

For the purpose of this contract, indecent attire is hereby described as follows:

Any clothing item allowing for excessive exposure of body parts, example mid-riff shirts/blouses, Low-rider Jeans, Daisy Dukes or Booty-Shorts, Low-cut shirts or blouses and any other clothing item which falls in said category.

 

Computer Giveaway.

The Program is intended for family members and as such one family could possibly constitute multiple siblings. Each enrolled family, however, will be allowed to take home ONLY one computer system on which they worked throughout the duration of this program, regardless of the number of siblings or family members participating in the program

All computers worked on throughout the duration of The Program remains the property of The Program Provider, and as such may not be removed from the premises until program completion and graduation ceremony. A this graduation ceremony each participating family which completes all assigned coursework and complied with the program requirements will be awarded one complete computer system (computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse and printer).

 

Program Participation.

Class work assignments will be assigned in each session. These must be completed in each class period in order to satisfy the requirement for class participation. Failure to participate in class provides grounds for dismissal from the program.

 

Participants Agreements.

Participants must agree to maintain respect, decency and order while in the program.

All participants must acknowledge their understanding of the fact that instructors will not be allocating precious class time to dealing with disciplinary issues.

All participants must acknowledge their understanding of the fact that instructors would rather deal with disciplined students as this would help us to more readily achieve the very ambitious goals and objectives we have for this program.

All participants must acknowledge their understanding of the fact that program instructors and administrators will move expeditiously to make examples of violators in order to minimize distractions, while they focus on providing services to the better adjusted participants.

All participants must acknowledge their agreement to abide by he rules and regulations outlined above.

All participants must acknowledge their understanding of the fact that in the event that they violate the spirit, or details of the contract in any way, shape or form, then they will be dismissed from the program immediately