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Youth Programs


CINS/FINS - Ungovernable Youth

Children In Need of Services (CINS)/Families In Need of Services (FINS): An adjudication status for a child or a family for whom there is no pending investigation into an allegation or suspicion of abuse, neglect, or abandonment; no pending referral alleging the child is delinquent; or no current supervision by the Department of Juvenile Justice or the Department of Children and Family Services for an adjudication of dependency or delinquency. A family in need of services is not an adjudicated status.

The child must also:

  • Have persistently run away from the child’s parents or legal custodians despite reasonable efforts; and/or;
  • Be habitually truant from school, while subject to compulsory school attendance, despite reasonable efforts to remedy the situation; and/or;
  • Have persistently disobeyed the reasonable and lawful demands of the child’s parents or legal custodian, and to be beyond their control.

(Florida Statute Chapter 984)

Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc. 

The Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit statewide association representing agencies which serve lockouts/homeless, runaway, and troubled youth ages 10 to 17 and their families. Services include: shelter, non-residential counseling, Case/Service Plan, Case Management Services, Adjudication Services, CINS Petition Process, Staff Secure Services, Physically Secure Services, and Case Termination.

Mission: The Florida Network values young people and therefore creates safe pathways to their future by building strong families and communities.

Vision: Florida will be a safe place where all young people reach their full potential.


PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

Practical Academic Cultural Education (PACE) Center for Girls is a Florida-based, nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention, and diversion services for at-risk girls and young women ages 12 to 17. PACE uses a comprehensive and holistic model that integrates social services, education, and career readiness in a safe, gender-responsive environment that reflects an understanding of the lives of girls and responds to their strengths and challenges.

Mission: PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Philosophy: PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.

ALL Center Contact List


Florida Youth Challenge Academy (FLYCA)

FLYCA is a 17 1/2 month voluntary program geared toward Florida's 16 to 18 year old at-risk youth. The program consists of a 5 1/2 month residential phase and a 12 month post-residential phase. The residential phase of the program takes place in a highly disciplined and motivational environment promoting structure and academics along with leadership, health, community service, life skills, job skills, physical fitness and citizenship. The post-residential phase takes place after graduation from the residential phase and is a time when the cadet uses the skills learned in the residential phase through their placement in either a job, further education, or the military. The cadet is matched with a mentor during the residential phase and this mentor helps to guide the cadet during the 12 month post-residential phase.

Mission: To provide a high disciplined and motivational environment, free from outside distractions, which fosters academics, leadership development, personal growth, self-esteem, and physical fitness for qualifying high school dropouts.


North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS)

NCOBS helps teens and their families transition their lives in more meaningful and positive directions. NCOBS emphasizes character development, academic achievement and social responsibility to reduce the risk of dropping out of school, substance abuse and future delinquency. Programs consist of 20-day wilderness expeditions and a 20 to 24-day follow up component that takes place in the students’ home and school environments. Parent involvement is required.

Since 1983, Families in Need of Services (FINS)- Community programs have provided prevention services to youth and families. This program targets at-risk youth and status offenders ages 13-17 who live in communities with high rates of juvenile crime. The program serves youth who are exhibiting risk factors such as problems specific to family, school and substance abuse. We emphasize character development, academic achievement and social responsibility to reduce the risk of dropping out of school, substance abuse and future delinquency.


Outward Bound-Scottsmoor
3500 Sunset Ave
Mims FL 32754

Toll free: 800-673-3096
Telephone: 321-268-5666
Fax: 888-240-3512
dcaldwell@ncobs.org

Note: Only students in the following counties are served: Brevard, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Volusia, and Flagler.


Outward Bound-Key Largo
100693 Overseas Highway
Key Largo FL 33037
Toll Free: 800-327-2995
Telephone: 828-239-2106
Fax: 888-230-0048
Wroberts@ncobs.org

Note: Only students in the following counties are served: Monroe, Dade, and Broward.



 

Florida Alliance For Boys & Girls Club, Inc.

The Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of America has developed the Gang & Delinquency Prevention through Targeted Outreach and Re-Entry Program to help young people recognize and avoid the lure of gang life.

This is comprehensive gang and delinquency prevention initiative uses effective techniques and strategies to direct at-risk youth to positive alternatives. This effort will begin at the local community level, by mobilizing community leaders and Club staff to discuss local gang issues, design a community-wide strategy and clarify each organization’s or person’s role in providing services to youth.  At the local level, through a referral network with courts, police, other juvenile justice agencies, schools, social service agencies and community organizations, as well as through direct outreach efforts, young people identified as at-risk will be recruited and main-streamed into Boys & Girls Club program activities as a diversion from anti-social gang activity.

The Program’s approach acknowledges that the youth most at risk of gang involvement, are not seeking the constructive environment that Clubs have to offer. Through this initiative, programs are created to excite and attract targeted at risk youth. The Boys and Girls Clubs can provide positive, constructive activities that address the interests, needs and strengths of targeted at risk youth.

The Program is comprised of four major components:

  • Community Mobilization
  • Recruitment
  • Mainstreaming and Programming
  • Case Management

The three individualized curriculums within the Gang & Delinquency Prevention through Targeted Outreach and Re-Entry Program Components:

  • Youth will participate in the “Street SMART” program.  This primary/front-end delinquency prevention program is designed to help young people ages 6 to 18 successfully identify, resist and resolve negative conflict, demonstrate tolerance, value diversity and perhaps prevent and reduce violence and drug use/abuse in their communities. The Street SMART program consist of five (5) modules of instruction and it is an expected 12 from start to completion.
  • The Gang & Delinquency Prevention through Targeted Outreach program (GPTTO)  will be conducted at 8 selected locations throughout the State.  The GPTTO program is a comprehensive gang prevention initiative that uses effective techniques and strategies to direct youth most at-risk in their community to positive alternatives.  Through a referral network with courts, police, other juvenile justice agencies, schools, social service agencies and community organizations, as well as through direct outreach efforts, young people identified as most in need of services will be recruited and mainstreamed into BGC program activities as a diversion from anti-social gang and delinquent activities.
  • The Targeted Outreach Re-Entry program through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tabula Rasa is an in residency program.  Two Hundred and twenty-five Boys & Girls Clubs facilities statewide will partner with DJJ residential facilities to create transition centers that provide mentoring, supervision, and guidance to youth prior to and following their discharged from a residential facility to return to their community.  The program will create a continuum of services that will start from the initial court room hearings and continue well after release.

Prodigy

By altering juvenile behavior, Prodigy prevents and diverts youth from moving deeper into the juvenile justice system, thus saving the state money, improving our communities and transforming young lives.

  • Prodigy is a research-based prevention, intervention and diversion program for at-risk youth ages 7-17. Prodigy uses visual and performing arts as a way to reach youth who live in high risk neighborhoods or who have been diverted or adjudicated from the juvenile justice system. Prodigy’s cost per youth and its recidivism rate are among the lowest in the state.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Statewide

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida, Inc. is the coordinator of statewide services through thirteen (13) Big Brothers Big Sister member agencies throughout Florida that provide community and site based mentoring services to at-risk youth that have an incarcerated parent and/or guardian with a history of incarceration, on parole and/or probation following incarceration.  Services are to reduce the risk factors for negative behavior and enhancing protective factors for positive behavior.