Provides educational and therapeutic day treatment services to “youth at risk”, whose social function in school and community has been unsatisfactory. The age of the target population is 14 to 18 years of age. This program intends to prevent youth served from entering state’s custody and to strengthen the youth’s ties and relationships with their family and community. Each participant will focus on either HiSET preparation and testing, or academic credit recovery.
The program provides a 35 hour a week, Department of Education approved, alternative educational program for youth 14-18 years of age. These youth have been brought to the juvenile court’s attention due to school/community problems resulting from low self-esteem, little or no socialization skills, and poor academic performance. These youth seem unaffected by traditional disciplinary procedures and may not be identified with special education needs though these needs may be present. The youth will exit the program with the ability to function in these environments in socially acceptable and productive ways. Need Areas addressed include: a. focus on Individualized Treatment Plan – assessment of problem areas, specific behavioral/academic goals, schedule of participation, implementation and evaluation. b. experiential learning program based on individual needs/abilities and learning styles c. behavior management model focusing on appropriate classroom interactions learning alternate methods of conflict resolution to replace aggressive behaviors which can be generalized into the home and work environment. d. educational strategies integrated with technology provide reinforcement for traditional class work and ensures individualization and success in learning. e. each classroom is equipped with computers and appropriate educational software to aid in the students learning. f. Credit Recovery provided through collaboration with the public school system g. job readiness training to promote financial independence and self-esteem building. h. personal finance course that teaches practical math skills to transitioning students. i. cultural diversity and socialization focusing on improved community relations and community service activities j. independent living skills focusing on nutrition, home-care skills, hygiene and community transportation k. group and individual counseling centering on self-concept, values, decision making, goal setting and crisis management.
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