Dcts4u At-risk Youth [DAP4Youth] Outreach Program

About the DAP4Youth Program

 Dcts4U At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a comprehensive and proven treatment modality for youth needing mentoring and intensive supports in their home community. Utilizing  a carefully-designed and highly-customized planning process, the DAP4Youth program was designed to help:

  • keep youth from transitioning to a higher, more intensive level of care (i.e., therapeutic residential treatment out of home placement such as group home care, foster care or juvenile detention), 
  • stay in school or to 
  • successfully transition a child from a higher-level of care back home.

To achieve success, DAP4Youth requires participation from both the youth and their parents or guardian  (Families F1rst Parenting) holding great significance in building a plan for all involved that is individualized, strength-based and community-resource driven. 

Giving At-risk Youth a Chance


Target Popluation

Youth & Teens (age 10-16 yrs old) 


Who Can Refer?

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.  



DAP4Youth Goals

  • Provide opportunities for at-risk youth to develop a positive relationship with an adult mentor
  • Prevent violence, substance abuse, bullying and other destructive behaviors
  • Rebuild brokenness in their relationships with others
  • ​Provide youth with a community advocate who will provide support, friendship, advice and encouragement
  • Deter youth criminal activity, engage youth with law enforcement, and reduce youth incarceration and recidivism rates. 

Families F1rst Program

 Families F1rst  is  is a community awareness program  in which DCTS work with families one -on- one to becoming self-sufficient. We teach money management, self-care, and  assist with finding community resources to help overcome barriers that hinder growth.  

Families F1rst   is a client driven program.  Participants may be referred by court,DSS or from other agencies . 


Target Population: Parents with Children ranging from age  5 -17 years old


Goals of the Families F1rst Program:

· provide support and information in ways that help parents become more capable and competent

· ensuring family choice regarding intervention options

· provide necessary resources and supports for parents to care for their children 

-Teach positive ways of eating and preparing meals 

· enhance parents’ abilities to support their children’s development.

· Strengthen communication /interaction skills with child (ren)

  • Money management

DAP4Youth Services


Self-Sufficiency Planning

 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.  


  • Financial Education will be offered to any parent or family needing financial assistance. 


DAP4Youth Provides:

  • Assessments & Case Management 
  • DAP4Success- Educational Services/Tutoring, Academic Improvement 
  • Mentoring or Peer Support Partners
  • Group Forum
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Families F1rst 6-Wk Parenting Program


Adolescent Health & Risk Behaviors

 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. 

How DCTS Define At-risk Youth

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.  

What are Self-Destructive Behaviors

 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.