T.R.A.P.P. Stars Inc empowers youth to make healthy lifestyle choices by providing programs, events and opportunity in a safe environment that encourages youth success and contributes to a healthier community.
T.R.A.P.P. stands for Teaching, Rambunctious, Adolescents, Peaceful Positude
Our Core Values
Safe and Inclusive
T.R.A.P.P. Stars Inc. provides opportunities for young people to reach their full potential, the skills and confidence to make healthy choices, successfully navigating adolescents.
While the focus of our organization is to keep young people drug and alcohol free, we believe that the most effective way to do this is by addressing root causes that contribute to drug and alcohol use and abuse. Because of this, we address many issues such as homelessness, suicide, depression, and other related issues.
How it Started
T.R.A.P.P. Stars Inc. began in the summer of 2018 when founders Jasmine Goodman & Jawana Burley wanted to see a better lifestyle for our youth in our communities do better and live better. T.R.A.P.P. Stars was created beyond traditional substance abuse prevention efforts by actively engaging young people to make healthy choices through positive alternative activities all while addressing key root causes of substance use and abuse in fun and meaningful ways for young people.
Since its start, T.R.A.P.P. Stars Inc. has hosted an average of 5 events this year in some of the worst crime areas in Washington, DC (wards 7 & 8) drawing some of our youth that we have worked with under the Department of Youth Services (DYRS) to participate in safe, drug free activities. T.R.A.P.P. has learned that young people appreciate these activates and thrive with opportunities to feel safe and accepted. It is time to build on our success and find a permanent home for events so that instead of supporting our young people we can begin to find housing and work for our young people.
What does T.R.A.P.P. Stand for?
The word TRAPP is derived from the prefix meaning to engage in, which inspired T.R.A.P.P. Stars Inc, acronym,
This is an acronym, our youth can relate to that exposes them to a positive outlet on themselves first, then to their world view. T.R.A.P.P. is a new way of thinking around making the choice to live and engage in a peaceful, healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on healthy alternatives. These events and opportunities create a safe environment that helps young people develop a sense of purpose, boost self-esteem, and build skills for success.
Who is A T.R.A.P.P Star?
T.R.A.P.P. Stars Inc. allows our youth to define what success looks like for themselves first. Success to T.R.A.P.P., is being a law abiding citizen by not re-offending, as well as being self-sufficient.
T.R.A.P.P. Mentors will guide youth with realistic goal planning. We have experts with identifying community resources that offer services on mental health, nontraditional methods of therapy such as Art Therapy, community service opportunities to fulfill DCPS High School graduation requirement, G.E.D Preparation connecting youth with an education institution that they feel safe, and that their needs are being address such as I.E.P, and emotional support. TRAPP Mentors can also be utilized as a community resources guide for Government Agencies.
Meet the T.R.A.P.P. Team
Jasmine Goodman and Jawana Burley, the duo had a vision and through their vision, they made it a reality. Jasmine and Jawana bring unique and individualized skills to the organization, creating a strong team.
T.R.A.P.P. Staff, builds a report with our clients that will provide young people with someone there for them during their court involvement and life after being court involved. Having a community family member to depend on when life gets hard, when they need help with getting their first apartment, for support, or for continuing guidance. We will transition with clients. Our team offer part-time employment opportunities to hire a mentee to become a mentor, for someone who was once where they were. The opportunity to give back heals both the mentor and mentee.
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Strong collaborations and partnerships are in important and meaningful part of T.R.A.P.P. Stars, Inc, allowing us to make a greater impact and expand our efforts to better serves our community.