Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Programs
Providence Home operates as the Emergency Shelter for youth in Brunswick County. Providence home is licensed by the State of North Carolina and is a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Brunswick County The Family Emergency Teen Shelter began as an answer to the need expressed by professionals who worked with children at risk. Providence Home was established for Brunswick County youth who did not have an emergency residential facility available to them during a time of crisis, to be a safe and loving place for all who needed to come. Providence Home continues to fulfill its mission: To provide short-term and safe shelter to Brunswick County youth who, due to an emergency, high-risk or crisis situation, cannot remain with their families. The home provides shelter, food, and clothing; attends to the medical, educational, recreational, and spiritual needs of several hundred Brunswick County youth.
Brunswick County’s Restitution Program
The juvenile restitution program operates with the philosophy that all youth in Brunswick County should be held accountable for their actions. By offering a renewed self-respect to delinquent juveniles, it is a program that can make a difference. The Juvenile Court Judge orders delinquent juveniles from ages 10-17 community service as a term of their probation. The participants understand that they must work to pay their debt to society. Research has shown that restitution has therapeutic value for offenders and victims. It permits the offender to regain self-respect by doing the right thing and provides a sense of justice, as well as reparation, to the victim.
Guiding Good Choices/STEP
Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a program that provides parents skills to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance the conditions that promote bonding within the family and teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) is an evidence-based skills training for parents on how to handle misbehavior, discouragement, discipline, and the problems that face every parent-teen relationship.
Teen Court is an alternative system of justice, which offers first-time juvenile offenders in Brunswick County High Schools an opportunity to admit responsibility for their offenses and receive a constructive sentence from their peers. Teen Court also provides a “hands on” educational experience for student volunteers in an effort to help them better understand our system of justice. A juvenile referred to Teen Court appears before a jury of peers and is defended and prosecuted by peers. Youth and Adult Volunteers are the very foundation upon which our Teen Court operates on a daily basis. They provide the needed community support to help address the problem of at-risk and delinquent youth in a positive and constructive way. Teen Court moves on with the introduction of monthly peer circles for Juvenile Defendants. Peer Circles involve teaching life skills to teenagers, with three areas of focus: decision making and conflict resolution, substance abuse prevention and anger management. While the parents participate in the Parenting Support Group, the youth are learning life skills that can make a difference in their lives.
Coastal Aggression Replacement Training is a multi-modal 10-week class for youth who have moderate to serious interpersonal problem behaviors, and who as a result, have chronic suspension, expulsions, truancy, or absences from school, and/or who maintain company with negative or delinquent peers and/or who may need further mental health intervention. This program will also address non-physical aggressive behaviors related to bullying behavior, teasing, and electronic media aggression.
Coastal Aggression Replacement Training will address Interpersonal Skill Building, and also addresses targeted service gaps for youth with ongoing mental health needs. Role playing activities will provide examples of effective situation response. The current Needs Assessment indicates that a high number of youth referred to DJJDP and DSS have a multi-generational history of family criminality, indicating a lack of exposure to pro-social skill building, which this program provides.
This program fits in the overall continuum of care for Brunswick County by providing a skills based training for adolescents who can be diverted from the Juvenile Probation and juvenile charges for violent acts if they learn appropriate methods of dealing with anger, and difficult social situations, and can be productive in their school settings.