W.I.S.E. Youth (Ways to Inspire Self-Empowerment in Youth) is a partnership between positive mentors and interested adolescents to motivate, stimulate, and develop personal awareness, self esteem, and necessary skills for self-advocacy and empowerment. Through our creative yet introspective group/individual activities, each youth is offered the opportunity to become an essential part of the program as well as to develop the knowledge and skills that can be applied to their daily lives. We will facilitate the journey to the ways of knowing self by aiming to promote proper decision-making; opposition to high-risk behaviors and suggesting active alternatives to improve lives as well as to redirect negativity. Broadening their definitions and perceptions that mainstream society has imposed; we will encourage youth to express themselves freely through the arts and humanities. This program will adhere to the standards of a safe, supportive environment where their voices are heard and their individual strengths are nurtured.