Juvenile Justice Day Services promote public safety and reduce the need for out-of-home placements by allowing youth to reside in their communities while they address problems and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding members of their communities.
Examples: The organization can establish a supportive culture by ensuring personnel model pro-social behavior and attitudes in daily interactions, and encouraging youth to do the same. This approach can also help to prevent bullying and other unsafe, negative, or anti-social peer interactions.
Note:The training and activities addressed in JJD 7 will support the development of the positive, pro-social culture described in this standard.
The program setting is welcoming and supportive, and program space, materials, and services are appropriate for and sensitive to youths’ age, developmental level, language, disability, gender and gender identity, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and past experiences of trauma.
The organization maintains an accurate and readily-accessible schedule of services, and youth spend their time engaged in meaningful programming and activities.
Youth receive nutritious snacks or meals, as appropriate to the time of day they attend the program.