A Delinquency Prevention Project
Dallas County youth who live in impoverished situations or who have experienced social difficulties, are at a much greater risk for poor school performance, juvenile delinquency and substance abuse. Further, teenage girls represent the fastest growing number of youth involved in juvenile crime. In-home visitation and education programs have been demonstrated to be effective prevention strategies for child abuse and neglect.
Program Design: The Youth Connection aims to reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency and child abuse, and neglect, and increase parent competency by using evidence-based model programs in classroom, home, and community settings. Youth Connections serves at risk youth ages 10-17 and parents in Dallas communities with the goals of improved family functioning and preventing the onset of substance abuse and participation in juvenile crimes.
Eligibility: Youth Services are offered in school and community settings, free of charge. Parenting Classes are offered at the CARS office location but can be scheduled in the community upon request.
Program Services: Youth Connection offers the following services
1. Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age. The program integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive support, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. Girls Circle enrolls CPS-involved and other at-risk adolescent girls into groups provided in community settings. Services are free.
2. Home-Based Nurturing Parenting Program is an evidenced-based parent education program curriculum for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Sessions will include individually selected, curriculum-based ‘lessons’ covering parenting principles such as positive discipline, encouragement, logical consequences, and other skills related to effective parenting.
3. Say It Straight is a research-based communication skills program designed for the prevention of destructive behaviors and alcohol/drug related school suspensions, juvenile criminal offenses, precocious sexuality and/or pregnancy. Say It Straight will be provided in local schools.