The Drop-In provides an after-school open house at the FYI Backbay for free-standing and structured workshops. Youth have access to art materials and a space in which to work; access to a bank of computers; Xbox, Wii and PlayStation games; foosball, air-hockey and other free-standing game tables; a lending library; and access to tutors as needed.
A part-time staff coordinator along with other adult volunteers supervise the youth. During the summer of 2016, a counselor was also hired to be on-hand and of assistance for participating youth. There are few venues in Ferguson where teens might gather to engage in the arts, build self-efficacy and develop positive support systems.
According to research, youth that do not have positive events or activities to participate in often drift toward negative options available for them. The Drop-In provides a safe space with adult support where the youth are heard, respected and valued.