Our Mission
To Teach Children How to Reduce Impulsive,
High-Risk, and Aggressive Behaviors and
Increase their Socio-Emotional Competence and
Other Protective Factors!

Our Vision
Reduce the Number of Youth Involved in Criminal Activity

Adrian M. Scriven

COO & Founder
Contact: 201.683.1039
Email: ascriven@J14ycsc.org

Core Initiatives

Success For Our Students

We recognize that learning and student development occur in multiple contexts, and thus, we will provide a diverse and extensive array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. Students are treated with respect at all times, and we strive to respond to them in a timely, accurate, and complete fashion.

Teaching Excellence

Teaching excellence is achieved through the hiring of good faculty and through a continual program of professional development.

Community Engagement

We understand that we are an important and integral part of the larger community. We strive to serve as a resource to further the needs and aspirations of the region’s businesses and citizens. We encourage partnership and collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovative thinking to build bridges between our program and the community.

Workplace Culture

As a community we communicate, collaborate and plan to build and sustain the best organization possible. Our responsibilities are fulfilled with integrity and professionalism, and we respect all who enter our doors.

Citizenship & Civic Engagement

We promote volunteerism and service learning as a way to integrate classroom learning with community issues.

Continuous Improvement

We recognize that as an organization we are always in a state of evolution. We strive to be the best we can be through reflection and critical evaluation. We recognize our short comings and take corrective action. We also celebrate our accomplishments.

Building Our Organization to Make a Change.

J14 YCSC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization providing evidence base programs to expand learning time for struggling students in Pre-K to 8th grad. Our programs are designed to assist students to gain the academic skills, self-confidence, and determination they need to succeed in school and in life by providing:

  • rigorous academic instruction

  • parent & community engagement

  • social & cultural enrichment

We recognize the extraordinary potential of all children to be powerful and transformative students. With a focus on developing children’s self-regulation and social-emotional competence, we believe early learning and immediate interventional settings can help prevent these negative outcomes and get children ready.

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 behaviour (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.

The Problem:
Criminal Activity & Gang Membership is
Growing Among Our Youth

Idle youth often turn to committing crimes within the community when they are out of school and unsupervised. It has also been shown that youth who are not engaged in some educational activity tend to fall behind academically and are more likely to drop out when they turn 16 years. Often times the problems a student exhibits in the school domain is a reflection of problems in the family domain. Criminal activity among youth is skyrocketing:

Elevated Risks & Needs:
Addressing the Risk Factors

The J14 program addresses specific risk factors identified by most state agencies: Peer/Individual Domain, Family Domain, and School Domain. Our secondStep curriculum along with a comprehensive array of youth initiatives with collaborative partners allow us to prioritize establishing:

  • pro-social norms

  • role models of those norms

  • character development

  • a high level of accountability of juvenile behaviors

  • an increase in social competency

The importance of reducing risk and increasing protection to safeguard youth from a wide range of problems is central to the design and scope of J14. The secondStep curriculum is the foundation of our interpersonal skill building component. The secondStep program focuses on:

  • practice specific behavioral skills

  • social problem solving

  • resisting negative peer pressure

  • apologizing

  • showing appreciation

A major function of J14 is to develop pro-social skills for participants. We use supplemental programs to expose youth to activities that foster self-esteem and resiliency towards completion of individual goals; these activities provide:

  • interventions that increase academic proficiency

  • critical thinking skills

  • cognitive thinking skills

  • decrease their level of involvement with other delinquent youth

  • safe and structured environment

J14’s Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Guiding Good Choices program will better equip parents to supervise their children and provide a supportive and nurturing environment. Triple P is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs with over 30 years of research support. The program gives parents:

  • simple, practical strategies to confidently manage children’s behavior

  • develop strong & healthy relationships

  • prevent problems

Triple P is used in 25 countries and works across cultures, and socio-economic groups. Guiding Good Choices is designed to provide parents with the necessary knowledge and skills to guide children through early adolescence in an effort to promote drug resistance and prevent antisocial behavior.

A major emphasis of J14 is to assist parents and children in developing a positive relationship with their child’s school. The J14 program provides:

  • tutoring

  • monitoring school attendance

  • conflict resolution involving other students or teachers

  • developing appropriate classroom behavior

  • improving academic performance

J14 staff may attend class with youth participants to assist in behavior management and support the teacher. A major function of the program is to help youth who are suspended or expelled to do one of the following:

  • reconnect with public school system

  • locate alternative programs

  • attend a GED program

A Step in the Right Direction:
J14’s After School and Extracurricular Activities