Through the Suffolk County Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), Hope For Youth strives to teach at-risk youth healthy behaviors to avoid detention, legal involvement and violence, while improving school attendance.
About the Program
The Suffolk County Community Reinvestment Program’s (CRP) primary objective is to prevent the placement of youth in detention and/or OCFS placement. Suffolk County Probation refers youths who meet the eligibility requirements to the CRP. In order to be eligible each youth must be between 11 and 15 years old and reside in one of the target communities of Bay Shore, Brentwood, Central Islip, Huntington Station, and Wyandanch. Additionally they must be the subject of, or at risk of, a JD petition or, adjudicated as a JD and at risk of OCFS placement.
Through participation in this program it is anticipated that youths will avoid detention or OCFS placement, will not be re-arrested, will learn healthy behaviors, will have reduced gang involvement and/or violence, and will improve attendance at school and court proceedings.
Hope For Youth Case Managers monitor safety and risk through weekly visits with youths and their families. They also provide life coaching that encourages positive life changes while assisting the family and advocating for outside support including housing, finances, utilities, and referrals to other services. Case Managers work with caregivers to complete a 9-session parenting program, and with youths to complete the Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment. This is extremely useful in creating an independent living skills development plan.
Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
MDFT-certified Therapists provide in-home clinical services to clients and their families to develop positive communication and healthy relationships toward family stability and individual rehabilitation. This is typically done several times per week. MDFT therapists are trained and experienced in engaging even difficult families, and facilitating long-term change beyond the scope of this program.
Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC)
LIAC consists of specially trained attorneys and paraprofessionals dedicated to protecting the legal rights of students and offering solutions to school problems such as discipline, truancy, suspensions, residency disputes and inappropriate placements. Services include mediation, negotiations, legal representation and assistance in obtaining appropriate educational services.
Youth Enrichment Services (YES)
YES presents recreational options for teens including multi-cultural theater and art programs, drop-in lounges and other social events. The programs foster positive development through supervised after-school programs and work readiness programs. YES also provides mentoring and E-mentoring for career and sports activities such as Par FORE Golf and USTA Tennis. YES communicates their services through youth and parent advisories that give their clients a voice.
EOC of Suffolk SNAP Division
SNAP helps pregnant and parenting teens become self-sufficient and effective parents. They provide pregnancy prevention resources and deliver an array of youth development services to advise of risks and prevent premature sexual activity.
Center for Restorative Practices (CRP)
CRP provides community-based alternatives to incarceration for juveniles. Techniques designed to resolve conflict and repair harm for all parties involved in juvenile crime are promoted. The process is inclusive of members of the affected community, the victim(s) and offender(s).