J14 Young Adult Experience
J14 Young Adult Experience
Introduction to J14 Young Adult Experience!

Started January 2018, J14 YCSC is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based programming to expand learning opportunities for struggling students ages 12 to 17 years of age. J14 works to teach young people to reduce impulsive, high-risk, and aggressive behaviors and increase their socio-emotional competence and other protective factors.

Many youths do not have the basic self-regulation and social-emotional skills necessary for successful transition to high school, or even to be successful managing pre-college study work. In the short term, youth with these skill deficits experience high rates of expulsion from even classrooms. In the long term, they are at greater risk for low academic achievement, grade retention, dropping out of school, delinquency, and criminal behavior. But with The J14 Young Adult Experience we plan to provide programs that combine rigorous academic instruction, social and cultural enrichment, and various parent and community engagement efforts. The J14 Young Adult Experience offer students the ability to gain the academic skills, self-confidence, and determination they need to succeed in school and in life.

We recognize the extraordinary potential of all youth to be powerful and transformative students. With a focus on developing a youth’s self-regulation and social-emotional competence, we believe learning and immediate recognition and swift intervention in a setting such as The J14 Young Adult Experience can dramatically help prevent these negative outcomes and get youth ready to succeed in their community. Our team of educators will deliver data-driven instruction aligned to in-school learning. Hands-on enrichment courses in the sciences, creative thinking, leadership, character development all coupled with service learning work study projects built on reinforcing academic skills and inspiring our students to pursue future college and career goals.

The Education, Volunteerism, Financial Literacy, and Employment Training curriculums will be providing our mentors and program supporter staff to streamline trainings that can lead to immediate opportunities in becoming entrepreneurs, college bound prospects, and employable in the work force with our approach to learning that will offer classes that ensure J14 is using teaching methods that work best for our business partners in the community at large. This program implements best practices, emphasizes participant accountability, and includes an evaluation component conducted to measure program efficiency.

The J14 Young Adult Experience, led by COO Adrian Scriven, is a unique organization which plans to grow mission-driven programs with strong commitment to serving troubled youth, families, and communities. Our talented and diverse team is comprised of educators, volunteers, and business minds. This variety of backgrounds brings us those we will share J14 YCSC’s mission and who will work tirelessly to see it through.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world

–Mahatma Gandhi

Every child, every day for a better tomorrow

Plan Of Action

The J14 Young Adult Experience Program will be a broad, developmental intervention that attempts to help teens (12-17) understand and evaluate their life options. The program is designed to prevent problem behaviors in adolescents and increase academic achievement. The program is made up of classroom-based and community-based volunteer components. Trained classroom teachers or volunteer guidance personnel will act as facilitators in implementing the primary curriculum, “Lion’s Quest Skills for Action 9- 12 Grades.”

The curriculum involves a focus which is twofold: (1) to help students prepare for their real-world working careers through fostering self-esteem, confidence, social skills, decision-making, and discipline; and (2) personal and social developmental growth and guidance through an exploration of personal and life values, understanding oneself and others, building life-skills, mechanisms for coping with stress, communication skills, and the transition to adulthood. The curriculum utilizes a combination of traditional classroom methods (such as lectures or presentations) in addition to small-group discussions and role-playing.

Target Population, Proposed Programming, and Service Area

The programs Target Population will include juveniles between the ages of 12 to 17 who meet the below criteria. (This juvenile population will hereafter be referred to as the “target population”).

Youth Program for ages 12- 17 years / 30 youth per session / 15:1 Ration Teacher to Youth / Average Cost Per Child $2500.00 Yearly.

  1. Male and female juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17.
  2. A Juvenile Court Counselor will refer student youth.
  3. The primary target populations for our identified services are juveniles who have received a Level II Disposition and their parent(s)/guardian(s) have submitted to program guidelines. Level III juveniles transitioning from a Youth Development Center will also be eligible.
  4. Selected Level I adjudicated juveniles, with a score of Medium/High Risk or a Medium/High Needs.
  5. The J14 Young Adult Experience / J14 YCSC INC program does serve a Mecklenburg County JCPC exclusively.
Evidence Based Program meeting SPEP Experiential Skill Building Classification

Lions Quest Skills is a comprehensive positive youth development and prevention program historically was designed for schoolwide and classroom setting implementation in 12 to 17 years old. More recently, the program has expanded to numerous after-school and community-based settings. It involves educators, parents, and community members to develop essential social and emotional competencies for our students such as good citizenship skills, strong, positive character, skills, and attitudes consistent with a drug-free lifestyle, and an ethic of service to others within a caring and consistent environment.

The program has 5 components:

  • Classroom curriculum: 102 skill-building classroom lessons (implementation can vary from 9-week mini-course to 3-year program) in thematic units and a service learning component that extends throughout the curriculum.
  • Parent involvement: shared homework assignments, parent meetings, etc.
  • Positive school climate: a school climate committee involving all stakeholders reinforces curriculum themes through school-wide events.
  • Community involvement: school staff, parents, and service organizations participate in training workshops, school climate events, service projects, etc.
  • Professional development: training is required for all staff participating.

The program is well researched and has shown positive benefits to student problem-solving skills. Multiple studies document positive academic and behavioral outcomes, and at least one study indicated positive behavioral impact at follow-up at least one year after the intervention ended.

In addition, participants are required to participate in a minimum of 20 hours per session of community-based volunteer service. The volunteer component helps students to take on adult roles and build personal responsibility. Students are permitted to choose from a wide range of volunteer activities we will be offering, depending on their skills, and needs of their local business community. 

Service Type SPEP:
Primary Service – Experiential Skill Building;
Secondary Service – Tutoring/Academic Enhancement