Recidivism Reduction

Recidivism Reduction

Save Our School Children (S.O.S.)

The S.O.S. Program is designed for youth who have contact with the law or are at risk for delinquency. S.O.S. is a school-based service with goals to prevent youth violence and reduce recidivism by using developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant interventions so youth can focus on their studies and build a stronger foundation for their future.

The S.O.S. Life Skills Program consists of weekly youth workshops that take place in the school within targeted areas. Students work on moral development, interpersonal skill development, self-management, legal advocacy, and citizenship. Community Outreach efforts include an antiviolence art competition, media campaign, and fundraising for those impacted by community violence.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

The program is designed to assist juvenile female probationers in learning new and effective ways of dealing with trauma to improve emotional well-being, social competence, as well as to assist with reducing recidivism. TF-CBT is a short-term treatment that is intended for children and adolescents with severe behavioral and emotional problems connected to traumatic life events.

The gender-responsive curriculum is based on trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive-behavioral techniques. Goals are to reduce mental health symptoms; increase coping skills to manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and improve law abiding actions and decision making.

REACH (Real Education Achievement Can Happen)

REACH is an academic mentoring program for adolescents who are incarcerated and need additional support to obtain educational success and plan for the future. REACH is strength-based and aims to enhance protective factors associated with academic achievement, social support, and self-efficacy while also reducing recidivism. Outreach and support from REACH mentors extend to pre-release and post-release phases of the youth’s life to assist with positive transitioning back into the community. Goals are to increase academic achievement, social support in the community, optimism, and knowledge of job/career options, as well as reducing the risk of recidivism, school drop out, and disciplinary actions.

Emotional Wellness Program

This gender specific program is designed to target high-risk women and the psychosocial factors that impact their emotional well-being. Issues will focus on factors that give rise to and sustain unhealthy patterns of behavior that may increase the risk for recidivism (e.g., low self-esteem, trauma history, mental health symptoms, unhealthy relationships, and limited resources). The program examines the socialization of women and the inherent dynamics that contribute to their social and occupational challenges.

The gender responsive program is highly structured and includes cognitive-behavioral techniques. Goals are to improve knowlege of mental health symptoms and the impact of trauma, improve self-awareness and effective coping skills, increase feelings of empowerment, improve self-esteem, increase recognition and utilization of social support.

Job-Readiness Program

This program is designed for adults transitioning into the community from a correctional setting and/or those at-risk for recidivism and juveniles that are court-involved and/or gang-involved. The program consists of workshops that address unique psychological factors that undermine successful employment and increase the risk of recidivism. Most notably, the program focuses on the manifestations of inadequacy that result in problem behaviors, power struggles, low motivation, and workplace anxiety. Also, this program focuses on the necessary skills to “get a job and keep a job” by addressing conflict resolution, organizational skills, and workplace culture.  Goals are to improve conflict resolution skills, increase self-confidence and self-motivation, decrease anxiety and disciplinary actions, and increase job readiness (e.g., resume and interviewing skills).

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