Founded in 1987, Alternatives For Girls (AFG) is a southwest Detroit-based nonprofit organization. Our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation; and help 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.
This work is done through three program areas: Prevention, Shelter, and Outreach.
AFG’s Prevention Program serves girls ages 4-21 who are at risk of gang involvement, abusing drugs or alcohol, early pregnancy, and school truancy. We engage them through mentoring, after-school programs, a teen leadership program, and a summer camp.
AFG’s Shelter Program provides a stable home, counseling, support for getting their education back on track, job readiness and life skills training to homeless young women aged 15-21 and their children. The goal is to support their pathways out of homelessness to the point where they can thrive, with continuing education and careers with which they can sustain themselves and their children.
AFG’s Outreach Program helps teens and women engaged in high-risk activities, such as street-based prostitution, drug use, and gang involvement, to understand the risks of such activities and transition to safe choices and healthy lives.