We promote public safety and accountability by strengthening the bonds between youth and the community. We provide opportunities for youth to interact with the community in positive ways, and teach youth skills to help them with daily interactions. We believe that crime is an act against the victim and the community, and the offender is directly accountable to the victim, the community and themselves. Through our programs, we are committed to enabling offenders to make amends to their victim and the community, and develop skills to help build self-confidence.
Programs: (probation youth/families are referred by Juvenile Court)
Classes/Workshops: (probation youth/families are referred by Juvenile Court)
- Aggression Replacement Training (ART): this 10-week program provides youth with tools to deal with and calm their anger, rather than act on it. The program is co-facilitated with contracted community agencies and trained probation staff.
- Community Links: a program designed to introduce youth and their families to the different services that are available to them. Throughout the course of the program, community organizations introduce their services and engage families in interactive activities. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to learn practical skills to successfully get out and stay out of the juvenile justice system.
- Day Reporting: Eligible youth are offered day reporting as an alternative to full-time incarceration in detention. Youth participate in educational, vocational and life skills development, as well as service learning projects.
- Functional Family Therapy (FFT): provides services to eligible moderate-to-high-risk offenders and their families. This is a short-term, home-based intervention that focuses on interactions among family members. This intervention occurs in a five-step process that takes an average of 12 weeks to complete.
FFT promotes changes in behavior; change that takes place within the context of the family, consistent with relationships between family members. Interventions are tailored to each specific family. Benefits of the program include reducing the rate of criminal behaviors, reinstitutionalization and substance abuse.
- Service Learning: supervised projects help youth to view their court ordered sanctions as a personal obligation, rather than a punishment. Participation in community events and projects hold the youth accountable, while developing positive work practices, teamwork, and personal skills that will allow them to make positive contributions to their community.
- Work Crew: provides juvenile offenders the opportunity to engage in meaningful work service projects that benefit the community, hold them accountable, satisfy Court-ordered sanctions (community service hours credit) and reduce the detention population.
Work Crew provides a link between youth, their actions and the communities in which they live, and strives to develop projects in cooperation with government agencies, community organizations, schools and non-profit organizations.
It is a win-win situation when offenders who are not a public risk and who would normally be serving time in detention are putting in a full day of work improving their community while learning positive work habits and marketable skills.
- Dealing with Conflict: this 6-hour workshop provides youth with tools to make healthy choices in stressful situations that cause conflict in their daily lives.
- Theft Class: this 2-hour interactive workshop provides youth with tools to assume personal responsibility for stealing, understand why stealing is wrong, and how to change their behavior.
- VOICE Class (Victim Offender Impact Competency Education): this 4-session class provides youth with tools to take responsibility for their actions; see how their actions impact victims, families , themselves and the community; and teach skills and thought processes to keep from committing additional offenses.