Are You looking to help Youth Stay on Track?

 Dcts4u At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a   Outreach  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

DAP4Youth 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) 

 

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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.

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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

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DAP4Youth Teen Court

DAP4Youth Teen Court 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

DAP4Youth Teen Court Program is designed  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

The DAP4Youth  Teen Court Program is based on the philosophy that 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

The program shall 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.

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DAP4Youth Provides:

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

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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. 

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.