Dcts4u At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a Community Outreach Program designed primarily for youth who have shown a tendency toward making bad decisions. These students may be temporarily enrolled in an alternative school or have been expelled or are 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. The DAP4Youth Program focuses on alternatives for keeping community kids between 12-17 years old out of the criminal justice system. While participating 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 aim 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)
DAP4Youth Program Goals:
Youth & Teens (age 12 -17 yrs old)
Some of our programs target all youths from as early as ten years of age.
At-risk by Department of Social Services, 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 Court Program is built on the idea of reaching at-risk youth before they reach the Juvenile Justice System. DAP4Youth will NOT or does NOTwork with court-involved youth as we do not want to yield confusion. DAP4Youth work with youth who have issues in school or home life and will take referrals from family, guardians, teachers, counselors and any others who feel that a youth needs interventions. DAP4Youth wants to work with youth before they reach the level of being charged with any crime.
The DAP4Youth Court Program 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 Court Program 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 the DAP4Youth 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 the DAP4Youth 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 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.