Prevention/Diversion Program Services
Life Choices Groups- Weekly group meetings for youth ages 11-17 . Topics include goal setting, decision making, risk taking and consequences, influence of media, healthy relationships, and family communication.
Parent Support Groups -Weekly parent support groups, which run concurrently with Life Choices Classes, and offer parents the opportunity to give and receive support from other parents. Parents are expected to attend weekly meetings with their youth.
Community Service Opportunities - We provide community service opportunities to provide meaningful experiences and strengthen the bond between youth and their community. Opportunities have included activities at senior living centers, participation at community gatherings, gardening at the DTE Garden, and food packaging in Plymouth and Detroit.
Mentoring - Youth can be matched with a volunteer mentor to provide additional one-on-one guidance and support.
Guest Speaker Presentations - Members from the community share their stories with youth to encourage them to persevere through adversities and learn from their mistakes.
Recreational Activities - We offer many recreational activities including Family Bowling Night, Family Game Night, and College Visits.
Be Proud, Be Responsible Workshops - These workshops focus on HIV/AIDS and Teen Pregnancy Prevention. They are offered at least once a month and are open to community youth ages 12-18.
Academic Enrichment Program - Weekly tutoring sessions are held on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. at the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center. Academic Enrichment is open to youth of all ages and is only held during the school year.
Karate - Free Karate sessions are held every Monday at the Friendship Center. Karate sessions are offered to program participants and their siblings.
Strengthening Families Program
The 7-Week Strengthening Families Program is offered to participants ages 10-14 and their parents. This evidence based program is designed to help parents build stronger bonds with their youth, set boundaries, implement consequences, and ultimately delay the onset of drug experimentation. Each session begins with a family meal, provided free of charge to participants.