Redwood Youth Academy

Redwood Youth Academy serves 24 males between the ages of 12 and 19 in a non- secure residential program which provides sex offender treatment, to include individual family and group therapy services. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Program services include 24 slots for youth with a documented need for sexual offender treatment issues. The program includes two buildings, one of which houses administration, classrooms, the medical clinic and a portable for education personnel.

The program provides individualized sex offender treatment services using a trauma-informed approach. Youth participate in individual, family, and group therapy sessions, social and life skills training, victim impact awareness and restorative justice programming. The length of stay depends on the youth’s assessed risk to reoffend and the progress the youth has made in the pro- gram toward reducing criminogenic needs and risk factors, addressing the youth’s treatment needs, and increasing the youth’s protective factors. The anticipated average length of stay depends on the youth’s pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals. The program’s goal is to equip youth for successful reintegration into the community to live productive, prosocial, and crime-free lives.

Redwood Youth Academy provides clinical/treatment services including Pathways, T4C, LST, Living in Balance, Skillstreaming, and Impact of Crime (a restorative justice, victim impact curriculum), as well as gender-specific programming. Additionally, individual and family counseling is provided to all youth.

Medical/health services are provided by on-site nursing as well as a contracted physician and psychiatrist. Individuals are provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, which are managed by a licensed dietician, with special medical diets and religious diets provided as needed. Youth receive nightly and monthly incentive activities and canteen. Input on incentives is provided by the Youth Advisory Board. The facility is required by contract to maintain a 1:8 ratio of staff to youth during the day and evening and a 1:12 asleep ratio. A staff to youth ratio of 1:5 is required for off-site activities.

Redwood Youth Academy offers the following electives: Culinary Arts and an IT certification in Microsoft Office. Education services are provided through the Union County School District.

Youth served have been adjudicated delinquent by the Court and committed to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. The program is contracted through the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; no additional fees are required from youth/families or insurance providers.