Dcts4u At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a diversion program designed primarily for youth who have shown a tendency for making bad decisions. These students are temporarily enrolled in an alternative school or have been expelled from public schools because they have committed serious code of conduct violations or criminal infractions. DAP4Youth focuses on alternatives for keeping community kids between 10-16 years old out of the criminal justice system. The 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 10-16 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.
The plan mainly needs to have buy-in and ultimately works for the family. Key components include safety planning and family-driven goal setting that helps build a team to support the family and connect them to resources in their community that will increase self-sufficiency and stability in the home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adolescent and School Health page lists adolescent health and risk behaviors. It notes that government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together in a comprehensive approach to have the most positive impact on adolescent health. Providing safe and nurturing environments for our nation's youth can help ensure that adolescents will be healthy and productive members of society.
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 clients 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.