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: Cognitive behavioral interventions and interpersonal skills training, along with opportunities to use skills in productive and valued activities, are examples of promising ways to address youths’ risks and needs and help them develop the competencies they need to succeed.
Examples: Relevant skills may include, but are not limited to: identifying networks of support; time management; accessing and using community resources; pursuing educational and occupational opportunities; household management; budgeting and money management; and accessing available financial assistance.
Youth have opportunities to participate in program activities appropriate to their needs, skills, and interests, including:
sports and athletic activities;
cultural enrichment activities;
academic enrichment and support activities; and
The organization evaluates youth for their ability to participate in athletic activities and obtains as necessary:
written, signed permission slips from youths’ parents or legal guardians;
a medical records release; or
a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that the youth is physically capable of participating.
In an effort to cultivate positive connections outside the program, personnel help youth identify:
pro-social recreational and leisure time activities; and
sources of pro-social support, such as mentors, community members, peers, siblings, or other family members.