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.
Youth & Teens (age 10-16 yrs old)
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.
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)
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.