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We support community youth success by:
Providing a positive, inspiring and safe environment
Providing educational opportunities
Deterring youth from criminal activity
Teaching essential social and academic skills
J14 YCSC INC – STRUCTURE AND OPERATIONAL SERVICES
The J14 YCSC INC’S Diversion Program overall goals are to address delinquent behavior informally in the community to prevent subsequent offending. J14 works closely within the framework of the Second Step curriculum which procedures and initiatives will foster a learning environment that is safe, comfortable, and healthy.
J14 provides diversion programming by providing specialized programs to better meet the needs of youth with mental health and/or substance abuse concerns.
Our services provide for youth and their families to have access to critical life options that our programming will offer starting with the following services:
- Screening and Assessment
- Education and Tutorial Services
- Victim Awareness Classes and Activities
- Service Learning Programs
- Substance Use Education and Counseling
- Job Skills Training
- Mental Health Treatment
- Crisis Intervention
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Skill Development
- Supports for Rebuilding Family Relationships
- Incentive Based Programming, Quality Recreation, and Organized Sports
Per the National Center on Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, the benefits of diversion programs have been well documented.
Four of the major benefits of successful diversion programs are:
1) A reduction of premature involvement in the “deep end” of the juvenile delinquency system
2) A reduction in out-of-home placements, especially for younger children;
3) Maintaining youth connectedness and engagement in the community by keeping the youth in his/her environment
4) A reduction in cost compared to court processing and/or secure placement.
Youth are accepted into our program without regard to behavioral characteristics and we will not make any unilateral discharges simply because youth become management problems. The program will target youth between the ages of 6-14 who show a risk of gang-involvement and engagement or present at least two of the following risk factors:
Alcohol or drug use
Frequently in trouble with the law/involved in criminal activity
High commitment to friends involved in criminal activity
Friends/family members are gang members
Conflict between home and school life
Gangs in and around school/neighborhood
Lack of adult role models, parental criminality/violent attitudes, or siblings with anti-social behavior.
This targeted population represents a segment of youth faced with the ever-increasing complexities and choices regarding anti-social behavior. These youths have low self-esteem and are more likely to engage in criminal behavior that often results in long-term effects.
As shown in the table below, there is significant statistical evidence that shows intervention in areas of behavior modification can have a huge impact on students themselves, their classmates, the schools they attend, teachers, family members, and their quality of academic experience. In addition, the program uses data based scheduling and programming to engage students during times when they are most susceptible to questionable socialization and marginal decision making.
J14 Areas of Support Concentration:
The overall goal of the J-14 program is to provide youth with the tools to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and gang membership by providing school, community, and home-based support to youth living in challenged neighborhoods.
Interventions are provided during the unsupervised and evening/weekend hours when juvenile delinquency and parent conflict is at its highest. The program provides youth with educational and cultural opportunities that builds connectivity to school resulting in improved school attendance, higher academic performance, and lower dropout rates and reduced risk behaviors. This is accomplished by providing educational, behavioral, vocational, and overall youth development in a structured environment.
Another major goal is to provide parent/family skill building services to the parents of young people in trouble with or potentially in trouble with the law and in doing so to prevent them from having any future trouble with the law, reduced behavioral problems at school and improved academic performance. Staff will help to identify clients who are participating in gang activity and will take steps to reduce gang involvement.
Specifically, the program seeks to:
1) Ensure youth are engaged and performing well in an educational/vocational program;
2) Reduce the incidence of violence and victimization (this would include gang violence);
3) Address the systemic issues that often lead youth to join street gangs: peers, family structure, and other risk factors;
4) Enhance public safety by employing skilled advocates, “street workers” that reflect the ethnic diversity of the community, to divert youth from anti-social behaviors (street gang culture);
5) Maintain youth safely in a community setting without jeopardizing public safety through scheduling activities during the peak hours for juvenile crime.
6) Reduce the key risk factors of isolation, stress and negative rushes that make youth vulnerable to engaging in gang related activities;
7) Increase the protective factors including self-reliance, resiliency, life and pro-social skills by engaging youth in constructive behaviors with family, school and community;
8) Provide role modeling/companionship and other individualized services through group and individual intervention.
9) Help families develop traditional and non-traditional support networks that will remain in place after program involvement has ended.