Behavior Transformation

Positive Beginnings provides at-risk middle school students in 6th-8th grade that have been identified by school staff and community partners with year round support. We help guide them to develop the cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills needed to succeed. In this program, staff members deliver services in small groups, using strategies that are appropriate to each participant’s prior experiences. 

Program Components

After School Intervention Programming

  • Develop interpersonal skills to build healthy relationships in their environments
  • Develop social-emotional and healthy living skills to build a positive identity
  • Teaches positive social behaviors
  • Individual goal setting
  • Monday-Thursday 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in East Nashville


Quality time with a mentor and supportive peers can improve a child’s academic performance, self-esteem, decision-making skills and relationships with peers and family.

Y- CAP’s Group Mentoring screens, trains and matches two volunteer adult mentors with a group of 6-8 youth participants. Mentors lead sessions, using group activities and discussions to build healthy, supportive, safe and fun relationships within the group.

Groups meet weekly throughout an entire semester (Spring, Fall, Summer).

Fall & Summer Break Camps

  • Improves confidence and boosts self-esteem
  • Encourages healthy living
  • Promotes bonding at school
  • Improves grades and achievement test scores
  • Teaches positive social behaviors

Schools Served

  • Jere Baxter Middle School
  • Stratford Middle School

Y-CAP provides transportation Monday-Thursday after-school from Jere Baxter and Stratford middle schools to the programming facility in East Nashville. Following programming, transportation is provided to each child’s home as long as the family lives within our service delivery area.

Programming is open to students from schools outside of Jere Baxter and Stratford Middle for families who are able to provide transportation to and from programming Monday-Thursday.

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