Dcts4u At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a Community Outreach Program designed primarily for youth who have shown a tendency for making bad decisions. These students may be temporarily enrolled in an alternative school or have been expelled or on the verge of being expelled from public schools. Due to repeated deviant behaviors or because they have committed serious code of conduct violations or criminal infractions. DAP4Youth focuses on alternatives for keeping community kids between 12-17 years old out of the criminal justice system. IN the program youths learn ways to overcome barriers that lead to destructive behaviors. Challenges may include bullying, drugs or alcohol, petty theft and other problems. Program participants learn conflict resolution and other topics that aims to help rebuild relationships that have been compromised as a result of destructive behaviors or events.
An independent evaluation of the program indicates some preliminary achievement
Youth & Teens (age 12 -17 yrs old)
At-risk youth may be referred by Department of Social Services, Churches, District Court, Probation/Parole Officers, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Private Attorneys, School Personnel or Self-Referrals.
A diversionary program for youthful offenders designed to prevent further involvement in the formal juvenile justice system.
DAP4Youth Teen Court is a unique court by and for young people ages 12 to 17 that aims to shut down the school-to-prison pipeline that puts thousands of teenagers behind bars. Police send first time offenders guilty of minor crimes to face a judge and jury their age, given real sentences like community service or decision making classes.
DAP4Youth Teen Court is a diversionary program for youthful offenders designed to prevent further involvement in the formal juvenile justice system. Teen court programs involve proceedings where young people are sentenced by their peers, typically in either a school or courthouse setting. DAP4Youth Teen Court is both a viable diversionary program for first-time and minor offenders.
The Mission of DAP4Youth Teen Court Program is to meet the needs of court-involved and at-risk youth by providing necessary services such as cognitive behavioral interventions, conflict resolution sessions, anger management, anti bulling and counseling.
The Philosophy of DAP4Youth Teen Court Program is based on the fundamental principles a youthful law violator is less likely to continue to be a repeat offender when a jury of their peers decides the appropriate punishment. It is anticipated that Teen Court will interrupt developing patterns of criminal behavior by promoting feelings of self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement and a healthy attitude toward authority. Teen Court challenges the offenders, as well as the volunteer teens to perform at their highest level of ability.
After Care Plan, refer the juvenile for on-going support and aftercare to an appropriate community resource as needs are identified. At a minimum, the program, juvenile, parent(s)/legal guardian(s), juvenile’s Court Counselor, and/or other referring entity must be involved in the development and implementation of this plan prior to the termination of the juvenile from the Teen Court Program
An at-risk youth is a child whom the probability of successfully transitioning to adulthood and achieving economic self-sufficiency is low. Success can include academic success and job readiness, as well as the ability to be financially independent. It also can refer to the ability to become a positive member of society by avoiding a life of crime.
We help the youth understand the pattern of self-destructive behaviors so they are able to R.I.S.E. one individual at a time. Their success must be measured independently. Their story can not be told with statistics alone. But the numbers illustrate the risks facing America’s youth today.