BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DELINQUENCY 

Not every kid behaving destructively to themselves or others will find themselves charged with a crime or engaged with the justice system. But when negative thinking leads to unlawful choices and behaviors, programming that works to interrupt the cycle of delinquency and crime is an important part of the treatment process.  

Delinquency Interventions

We incorporate delinquency interventions into our programming to do just that - intervene in developing and escalating delinquent behaviors, and to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for those already involved in the juvenile justice system.  By getting to the root of why youth make poor choices and what is driving that behavior, we work to deter and interrupt it. 

Intent and Design

Different programs have been and are created to address different issues, or delinquent behaviors. Some target specific emotions or tendencies that lead to or exacerbate delinquent behaviors, such as how mismanaged anger and aggression can lead youth to engage in fighting.  Others may target drug use, girls, boys, bullying, and even life skills that build confidence and self-reliance. Toward finding the most effective programming to use with the kids in our care, we consume what the research shows is working. 

Using "What Works"

Like most programs in this field of work, it takes time for innovations in programming to be proven effective.  We watch the evolution of interventions from initial signs of effectiveness, to promising, to evidence-based, and implement those intervention programs that are proven to truly WORK.  With the high level of need but tight resources, we cannot afford to spend time and effort on untested programs. Our youth cannot afford that either. 

A Few of the Interventions We Use:

  • Restorative Justice 
  • Thinking for a Change 
  • Why Try 
  • LifeSkills Training (LST) 
  • Young Men's Work
  • Bullying Prevention 
  • TARGET Girls 
  • Girl Matters