Dcts4u At-risk Youth [DAP4Youth] Diversion Program

Are You looking to help Youth Stay on Track?

 

Dcts4u At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a  diversion program design to offer alternatives for youth between 10-16 years old to stay out of the criminal justice system.  At-risk youth learn ways to overcome barriers that lead to destructive behaviors. Problematic areas may involve bullying, drugs or alcohol, petty theft and  other problems.  We  focus on restorative practices that aims to help rebuild relationships that have been compromised as a result of destructive behaviors or incidents.  Areas that we desire to improve with participants.

  1. Reduce  out-of-home placements. 
  2. Maintain Connectedness within their Community   
  3. Out4Life of the Criminal Justice System
  4. Encourage youth to stay in school 
  5. Improve Grades by offering
  6. One-on-one Mentorship
  7. Delinquency Prevention

 

Giving At-risk Youth a Chance

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Target Popluation

Youth & Teens (age 10-16 yrs old) 

 

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Who Can Refer?

At-risk youth may be  referred by Department of Social Services, Churches, Schools, District Court, Probation/Parole Officers, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Private Attorneys, School Personnel or Self-Referrals.  

 

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Some of the DAP-4-Youth 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. 
  • Improve grades &  communication with teachers 

Families F1rst Program

Target Population: Parents or families with children ranging from age 5 -17 years old

 Families F1rst  is  a client driven  program  in which DCTS work with individuals and  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.   The program is  client driven program.  Participants may be referred by the court, department of social services,  or from other agencies . 

 

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

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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. 

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DAP4Youth Provides:

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

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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.