FAMILIY & YOUTH PROGRAMS

FAMILY MATTERS & FREEDOM OF CHOICE:

Family Matters-At Crossroads we believe that any issue that affects and individual affects the entire family. Our Family Matters Education Program is designed to educate, support, and promote healing through specific forums designed with the family member in mind, along with integrated skill building and communication exercises.

 

Approaches:

 

A. Multi systemic Therapy (MST) is designed to help parents deal effectively with their youth’s behavioral problems, including engaging with deviant peers and poor school performance. To accomplish family empowerment, MST also addresses barriers to effective parenting and helps family members build an indigenous social support network.

 

B. Support Groups, Individual & Family Counseling: concentrations in Separation, Divorce, Marriage, Domestic Abuse, Single Parents, Weight Loss, Chronic Medical Issues & Diagnosis, Addiction & Recovery: Clients will take an assessment and we will design a unique plan tailored to fit their needs based on the results of the assessment. This will include but not limited to support groups, individual and/or family counseling, classroom type lectures with the inclusion of learning tools and assignments, the incorporation of outside resources such as dietitians, addiction and recovery specialist, survivors who have successfully made it through this crossroad in life, and also referrals to outside doctors and specialists as needed.

 

Freedom of Choice: (Juvenile Delinquency, Adult and Juvenile Incarceration-Prevention, Intervention & Aftercare) Level 1of this program targets the general population of youth and include efforts to prevent smoking, teen pregnancy, bullying, drug & alcohol use, lack of participation in school that leads to truancy and high dropout rates. Level 2 of this programs targets both youth and adults at elevated risk for a particular outcome, such as delinquency, incarceration or violence, a group that might include those in disadvantaged neighborhoods, those struggling in school, or those exposed to violence & drug abuse at home. Leve3 of this program will also assist those who have been incarcerated by providing them counseling and help with a community re-entry strategy and plan. Our goals is to work with school officials, law enforcement, judges, probation and parole and detention center officers.

 

Approaches:

 

A. Juvenile Delinquency School-Based Preventions & Interventions:

Developed for K-12 students. This mentor program involves working to assist teachers and parents in setting and enforcing clear rules against bullying, assist in identifying specific external factors that may be interfering with the students learning ability and school campus behavior. The focus will be on improving class attendance and participation and to create a plan to have students operating at optimal level and set them on a clear path that led to better academic performance, better attendance and higher graduation rates.

 

B. Juvenile Delinquency Community-Based Preventions & Interventions:

Developed for K-12 students. This mentor program in community setting is for various purposes such as diverting youth out of the juvenile justice system, serving youth placed on informal or formal probation, or serving youth on parole who are returning to the community after a residential placement. Settings can range from individual homes, to schools, to teen centers, to parks, to the special facilities of private providers. This will include anything from a one-hour monthly meeting to intensive family therapy and services. The focus will be on improving behavior and offering them an alternate life plan which will include help with completing school, college and/or career goals and preparation and dealing with peer pressure and home issues. The goal is to find ways to divert them from the justice system and have the students set realistic and healthy life goals that will help them become productive members of their community. We will monitor them at every stage of the process providing guidance and support and connecting them with appropriate resources and agencies who can assist with the process.

 

C. Adult and Juvenile Incarceration Intervention & Aftercare:

Developed for individuals being released from prison, jail, residential treatment facilities and boot camps. Incarceration impacts every area of an individual’s life, from coping with emotions, rearing children, managing money to making decisions. Our classes are designed to intervene in order to prevent incarceration and also to provide help to those who have been in the system overcome attitude challenges and acting out in negative ways. Our approach helps with delinquency avoidance, crime prevention and cognitive rehabilitation. Participants learn about logical problem solving and the development of good decision-making skills. At Crossroads we realize that sometimes, the failure to function and prosper in society can be due to a basic lack of social or interpersonal skills. The simple truth is that many who have prior inmates, due to lack of education or lack of exposure to positive role models at home, have communication issues that hamper their success. That's why life skills training includes a focus on interpersonal skill-building. Our clients are taught about the fundamental need for decency and respect. They learn communications skills and practice them in real-life situations. Programs also focus on independent living skills, anger control, money and household management, family issues and parenting and victimization.

 

EDUCATION:

SUCCESS BY 18 PROGRAM:

To promote success in school and life, it is essential that all opportunities and support be afforded to all students to assist in planning their individual pathways through school and for each to make a successful transition to their initial post-secondary experience all the way through graduation. Age Requirement: 13-18. Crossroads has recently developed a wide range of initiatives to facilitate Student Success. The Student Success by 18 Program strategy is designed to meet five inter-related goals focused on targeting youth through their journey in the secondary school system.

 

SUCCESS BY 25 PROGRAM:

To promote success in school and life, it is essential that all opportunities and support be afforded to all students to assist in planning their individual pathways through school and for each to make a successful transition to their initial post-secondary experience all the way through graduation. Age Requirement: 18-25. Crossroads has recently developed a wide range of initiatives to facilitate Student Success. The Student Success by 25 Program strategy is designed to meet five inter-related goals focused on targeting youth through their journey in the secondary school system

 

Our success by 18 & 25 programs will also include advocacy on behalf of students as we work as a liaison between students, parents, school officials and other organizations and agencies. The goal is to provide the student the best educational environment possible and provide them with the necessary resources and tools in order to help them succeed both in and outside the classroom.

 

 

*Our programs are also offered in the evenings to enable working parents to attend. Child care is offered at no cost to participants of our programs. By removing this barrier, parents have a safe and secure environment for their children while they work towards improving their family’s future.