Are You looking to help Youth Stay on Track?

 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:

  1. Reduce - Out-of school or home placements. 
  2. Maintain- Connectedness within their Community 
  3. Out4Life      Talking to our youth about staying out of the Criminal Justice System
  4. Encourage -Youth to stay in school 
  5. Improve - Grades 
  6. One-on-One- Individual Mentor assigned/ Mentorship
  7. Delinquency-Preventive measures

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Target Popluation

Youth & Teens (age 12 -17  yrs old) 

Some of our programs target all youths from as early as ten years of age.  

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Who Can Refer?

At-risk by Department of Social Services, 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 

DAP4Youth Services

Juvenile offenders  will be sentenced by a jury of their peers in Teen Court

DAP4Youth Program Provides:

  • Assessments & Case Management 
  • DAP4Youth Success- Educational Services/Tutoring, Academic Improvement 
  • Mentoring or Peer Support Partners
  • Group Forum
  • Volunteer Opportunities (Youth  Court)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Families F1rst Self-Sufficiency 
  • DAP4Youth Court -A Jury of their Peers
  • Educational Opportunities

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DAP4Youth Court Program:

 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.  

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DAP4Youth Alternative 2 Suspension (A2S)Program

The A2S Program will operate on the same calendar as the Thomasville City and Davidson County School Systems. The program targets youth between 12-17 years old. The goals include:

  • Decision Making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Self-empowerment
  • problem solving or behavior contract
  • alternative programming
  • Counseling
  • Parental involvement  

DAP4Youth Court Program

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.

DCTS DAP4Youth Court Program

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

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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  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.