Juvenile Prevention Service

Project Saving Our Youth is funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice: Office of Prevention, which uses evidence-based curriculum—Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Giving Back Done in a Day Community Service Learning Projects to teach students social skills, anger control, moral reasoning and the meaning of community.

The goal of Project SOY prevention services is to divert youth that pose no real threat to public safety away from the juvenile justice system through programming that will support a safe environment and provide youth and their families’ positive alternatives for delinquent behavior.

Youth Eligibility: Services are limited to youth between the ages of five (5) to seventeen (17). Youth may be referred by parent, local schools, and community organizations.

Substance Abuse Service

Turn Around Project (Out-Patient Service)

Turn around Project (TAP) is an outpatient judicial treatment alternative whose mission is to provide evidence-base interventions for individuals, so they can evolve to their optimal level of achievement. The participants of TAP may be referral by parents, schools and/or judicial system. TAP believe that to stop negative habits and/or behaviors, individuals need internal motivation, professional insight, and viable skills to enact positive change. We know that to deter youth from compulsive behaviors, interventions must utilize an eclectic approach that impacts the mind, body, and spirit. We know that individuals can transform in the cocoon from the worm to a butterfly. Services may be couple with the following:

  • Assessments
  • Education Promotes Change (EPC)
  • Anger Resolution Group (10 weeks)
  • Psycho-Educational Group
  • Substance Abuse Evaluations
LIFELINE project (Prevention Services)

The LIFELINE project is funded by United Way. Team SOY is implementing this program in partnership with Children’s Harbor. Services are limited to youth between the ages of eighteen (18) to twenty-three (23) whom may be existing out of foster care system. Youth are referred by Child Net.

The LIFELINE project seeks to promote emotional well-being among Caribbean former foster care young adults by providing evidence-based, solution-focused services. The program has been built on a framework of relational, technology, and youth-centered strategies to reduce barriers (cultural stigma, disinterest, and transportation) and successfully engage the target population.

The LIFELINE project seeks to increase resilience, well-being, and positive attitudes about accessing services. In addition, the project intends to increase young adults’ psychological well-being and help them develop and make progress towards future goals.

The LIFELINE project utilize Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) which is recognized by SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Solution-Focused Therapy is a strengths-based intervention for clients with mental or substance use disorders that focuses on building solutions to reach desired goals. The model has been utilized with young adults and modified for use with various cultural groups, including African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American populations (NREPP).

Restorative Justice Service

Restorative Justice is a process that resolves conflict. It is part of a larger ethos also known as Restorative Practices/Approaches. It promotes telling the truth, taking responsibility, acknowledging harm as appropriate response to conflict and in doing so creates accountability.

The general goal of Restorative Justice is to restore those harmed by the misbehavior and diminish the likelihood of repeat misbehavior in school and community, creating a more positive school environment by addressing any underling issues of the youth that may be associated with misbehavior.

Youth Eligibility: Services are limited to youth between the ages of five (5) to seventeen (17). Youth may be referred by parent, local schools, and community organizations.

Restorative approaches when implemented by Team SOY:
  • Develop - emotional literacy, conflict resolution skills, truth recognition, accountability, responsibility
  • Improve - behaviour, attendance, learning, teaching
  • Increase - empathy, happiness, positive life skills,
  • Reduce - exclusions, detentions, conflict, bullying, need for sanctions
By using restorative conferencing participants will:
  • Develop - truth telling skills, responsibility, accountability
  • Learn about - real impact of actions, consequences
  • Be able to - make amends, show remorse, change behaviour, agree a way forward
Benefits of using restorative approaches to the victim:
  • Opportunity to participate in a process that they are central to
  • Have their say
  • Take back some control of their situation by choosing to participate
  • Ask any questions
  • Have a say about reparation, unpaid work, financial restitution, or an apology
  • Witness genuine remorse
  • Reduces anxiety and possible post-traumatic stress disorder
Benefits of using restorative approaches to the offender:
  • Learn about the harm they caused
  • Acknowledge that harm
  • Explain what happened
  • Opportunity to apologize
  • Attempt to repair the harm caused
  • Reduces re-offending
  • Today this philosophical approach to addressing misbehavior including delinquent and criminal behavior has been coined under various names: restorative justice, community justice, and restorative discipline. These philosophies are fundamental in building positive blocks for the Team SOY:

    • Community Justice – building the community collaboration including students, parents, teachers, staff, residents, local government, law enforcement, faith community, business community and other interested parties to re-establish strong neighborhoods and neighborhood schools and reduce factors that are conducive or contribute to misbehavior and delinquent acts;
    • Restorative Justice – develop in children personal responsibility for unacceptable or delinquent behavior, including accountability to individuals and the community harmed by the behavior, a willingness to develop skills that will help them to stop the harmful behavior, and develop in them an understanding that their behavior harms the community/neighborhood as a whole and their responsibility in providing community service as a way of being accountable to the community and earning their way back as positive contributors to the community/neighborhood;
    • Restorative Discipline – develop discipline strategies within the school discipline matrix that incorporates restorative justice philosophy and provide short-term strategies to provide an immediate response to curtail disruptive and delinquent behavior and long-term strategies that assist a child in learning to take responsibility for their actions.

Anger Management Services

Family & Children’s Services offers a 10-week anger management course to help individuals learn skills to manage anger in a positive manner, improving personal relationships and quality of life. We teach participants how to:

  • Increase awareness of personal strengths
  • Improve communication skills
  • Be aware of anger triggers
  • Identify and label feeling
  • Reduce impulsivity
  • Self-monitor their behavior
  • Develop alternate responses, and
  • Better understand other people’s feelings.

Youth Eligibility: Services are limited to youth between the ages of eleven (11) to twenty-three (23). Youth may be referred by parent, local schools, and community organizations

Team SOY anger management session covers Moral Reasoning, Social Skills and Anger Control.

  • Moral Reasoning: helps participants learn what to do and what not to do in circumstance that generally instigate aggression. Moral Reasoning sessions involve for phases: 1. Introduce the problem situation; 2. Cultivating moral maturity; 3. Remediating moral development delay; and 4. Consolidating moral maturity.
  • Social Skills Training: is a systematic psycho-educational intervention to teach pro-social behaviors. The skills offer participants the chance to substitute pro-social behaviors for their characteristic action aggression.
  • Anger Control: program engages youth in social skills, positive interactions, problem solving abilities and relaxation techniques.

Case Management Services

Team SOY case management services is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual's and family's comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes. Case management is an approach that seeks to make service delivery:

  • Integrated
  • Client-Centered
  • Coordinated
  • Goal Oriented
  • Accountable
  • Flexible
  • Sequenced
  • Cost-Effective
  • Sustained
  • Comprehensive

Team SOY case management services can best be appreciated as an opportunity for institutions to link with other institutions in a coordinated fashion that ultimately benefits the client because it:

  • Incorporates a coherent, sequential, multidimensional, problem-solving approach;
  • Locates the client within a particular "life space" and social framework;
  • Seeks to stimulate change both within the client and the overall environment of which he or she is a part.

Team SOY provides effective case management. In order to locate and walk a young person through a sequence of services, Team SOY case management system has the following components:

  • Intake and assessment;
  • Designing a service plan;
  • Intervening in the community: broke ring, advocating, and linking;
  • Implementing and monitoring the service plan;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of case management.

Case management services is community-based directed toward emotionally disturbed youth who are under 18 years of age and are either at high risk of serious de-compensation, in need of an array of mental health services, unresponsive to more traditional community-based interventions, in need of extensive service coordination, or expected to be returning to a community setting from a residential setting.