Youth are engaged in programming and activities that help them build skills, explore interests, experience a sense of self-efficacy and belonging, and contribute to the community.
Youth are helped to develop social skills needed to:
Youth are helped to understand the impact of past actions and behaviors, and taught how to make responsible, pro-social decisions in the future.
Personnel model pro-social behavior and attitudes in daily interactions, and youth are expected and encouraged to do the same.
Youth have opportunities to practice and demonstrate their skills outside the facility, when possible and appropriate.
Interpretation: Relevant opportunities to practice and demonstrate skills may include community service projects or vocational placements. As referenced in JJD 4.04, it may be appropriate to collaborate with others to identify meaningful ways for youth to contribute to the community.
Youth are helped to develop age-appropriate skills they can use in daily life in their homes and communities.
Interpretation: 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.
To promote their ability to maintain better health practices, youth receive appropriate support and education regarding:
Pregnant and parenting youth are helped to develop skills and knowledge related to:
NA The organization does not serve pregnant or parenting youth.
Youth have opportunities to participate in activities appropriate to their needs, skills, and interests, including:
The organization evaluates youth for their ability to participate in recreational activities, and obtains written, signed permission slips from their parents or legal guardians stating that youth are physically capable of participating in sports and athletic activities.
Interpretation: If youth participate in strenuous athletic activities, or if their parents or legal guardians are not reachable, it may also be appropriate to obtain a medical records release or a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that youth are physically capable of participating.
Youth are helped to cultivate positive connections outside the program by identifying:
Note: Involvement in the activities described in JJD 6.04 can also facilitate the development of positive community connections.