By Alvin Codner:
The goal of this program is to informatively elaborate (to the youth) the 5 routes a teenager potentially can take after graduating or dropping out of secondary schooling.
Reducing youth criminal activity, preventing re-traumatization, and increasing youth self-sustainability to create a safer environment for the future.
The 5 Routes
´Throughout this portion of the program, participants will learn the pros and cons about all forms of higher education options, such as, 2-year community colleges, 4-year state college/universities, public/private universities, and undergraduate/graduate school.
´Participants will learn if this route is needed to be taken in order to achieve their personal postsecondary school goals.
´Participants will obtain the knowledge of which postsecondary schools offers opportunities related to their personal dreams such as programs, employment pipeline, internships, etc.
´Throughout this portion of the program, participants will learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship.
´Participants will learn the risk and rewards of sole proprietorship.
´Participants will learn which field of business being an entrepreneur in would be most beneficial for them.
´Participants will learn the process of starting their own business by cultivating a business plan.
Throughout this portion of the program, participants will learn the benefits of learning a trade whether it deals with entrepreneurship and or pursuing a career within the private or public sector.
Participants will obtain the knowledge of understanding the benefits of learning the highest paying trades and acquiring higher salary jobs compared to jobs that require the traditional 4-year collegiate degree.
Private/Public/Voluntary Sector Route
Throughout this portion of the program, participants will learn about modern organizational theories and how organizations operate throughout the private, public, and voluntary sector.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore the various businesses and organizations within the different sectors.
Participants will also learn the difference in for-profit and non-profit organizations and what the pros/cons are for each.
Participants will learn what the minimum requirements and qualifications for the job they desire to obtain.
Throughout this portion of the program, participants will learn the risk and consequences of not working a legal job, dropping out of secondary school, and participating in criminal activities.
Unfortunately, due to participants who undergo poverty, lack the resources to succeed in a humane fashion, and come from underprivileged communities… the criminal/survival route is commonly taken upon because students lack exposure to various ways (such as the other routes) to live a sustainable life.
Participants will be educated on the options they currently have after being expelled from a public school, arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center, and or sentenced to a 3 to 9 month residential program.
Reduce Bullying / Cyberbullying
Provide positive tools for at-risk youth and families that prevent future law violations.
Prevent Re-Traumatization with Trauma-Informed Care Techniques
Decrease depression / Decrease suicidal thoughts
Reduce stereotypical thinking
Reduce anger issues
Decrease gang activity
105 % of complete and entire attention and focus will be on youths wants/needs.
Shining light on the tactics and strategies to help you achieve personal, physical, emotional, and professional goals with compassionate support and logical guidance.
´Provide questions to increase your problem-solving skills.
´Put youth in various scenarios, point out different perspectives, and ask youth to use the skills already within them to figure out the best approach to receive the best outcome which will help them achieve what they want most in their life after being released.
´Everything said either over the phone or in person during a coaching session of the program will be highly confidential and protected.
Course within the 5 Route Program
Entrepreneur/College Program (ECP)
Juvenile Prevention Program (JPP)
Re-Traumatization Prevention Program (rTPP)
Teen Technology Misusage Program (TTMP)
Commitment Program (CP)
Drug Dealer vs. Entry-Level Employee vs. Entrepreneur vs. Stealer vs. Student Course
Music and Media Impact Course
Entrepreneur/College Program (ECP)
The ECP is a program that recruits entrepreneurs and college students, with diverse backgrounds, to educate the youth (who are currently serving time in detention centers/residential programs/alternative schools) various ways on how to make money (the legal way) and or how to benefit from college.
The ECP Mentors may provide 1 to 4 sessions a month depending on their commitment to the program.
The progress will be measured by exit slips, the Rosenberg scale, etc.
Each session will be approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
Juvenile Prevention Program
The JPP is a program that recruits CPIs, JDOs, JPOs, Sgt., Captains, Majors/Superintendents, Judges, Lawyers and Criminal Justice College students…to go in to the schools in the Osceola, Orange, and Polk county school districts… to teach the students how to stay out of trouble regardless of their circumstances, as well as teach them their youthful rights.
The goal of this program is to keep the youth out of juvenile detention centers/programs, as well as, educate the youth about the rights they have here in the State of Florida.
JPP Counselors will provide 1 to 4 sessions per month depending on the contract with the school district. Each session will be approximately 30 minutes to an hour in duration.
Re-Traumatization Prevention Program
This program targets the youth who have encountered Acute, Complex, Crossover Trauma, and Secondary Trauma.
This program recruits DCF employees, psychologist, sociologist, physiologist, counselors, deans, mentors, and life coaches to identify the effects of trauma through youths’ behaviors and prevent re-traumatization.
This will be an ongoing program were participants are matched with someone who they can build a rapport with and be comfortable around.
´Once matched the Re-traumatization Prevention Worker will use the following to help the traumatized youth: person-centered, strength-based thinking and language, provide consistency, predictability, and choice-making opportunities, weigh the physiological, psychological, and social risk of any physical interventions, and debrief tactics.
Teen Technology Misusage Program
Since the past two decades, technology has advanced tremendously and has transformed the environment the youth live in today. Even though there are positive aspects on technology, the teenage misusage of social media has become detrimental to children, schools, families, and society as a whole.
Adolescents and young adults are now more effected in a negative way by cyberbullying, unsafe use of social media, electronic dating violence, sexting, online plagiarism, internet addiction, and more…
In this program, students will be able to define various forms of TTM, understand their emergence, and be familiar with their trends, frequency, scope, cause, correlations, and consequences (online and offline).
Participants will explore societal and economic trends affecting TTM and the impact on the youth.
Participants will be able to describe/define roles of victims and perpetrators of TTM.
Participants will create and apply programmatic, comprehensive response to TTM.
Commitment Program (CP)
´The CP is a program that provides positive life building tools and structure to prepare the youth who are committed to a juvenile residential program, on how to conduct themselves a upon being released.
Drug Dealer vs. Entry-Level Employee vs. Entrepreneur vs. Stealer vs. Student (Occupation Course)
This course will explore the paths young adults commonly take at a young age. This will depict the pros and cons of categories such as drug dealers, entry-level employees, stealers/scammers, student/student athlete, and entrepreneur.
The youth will have a clear understanding and layout of what it takes to be each category above and also how negative and or positive the impact can be on their lives in the present and future.
The youth will acquire a clear description between the liabilities, assets, and the correlation of both, in reference to all 5 categories. Participants will explore all risk/rewards and cause/effects of each category.
Participants will practice the “Informative Model” approach (ISBSR Model). This model will present the “Issues, Solutions, Barriers, Solutions to Barriers, and Results” for each person type/category.
Participants will learn the positive alternatives for the negative categories/types.
Participants will elaborate “What’s the cost and is it worth it?” for each category
Music and Media Impact Course
´Music and public media has a major influence on the way millennials and centennials maneuver throughout this world socially. Both have an impact on the self-esteem of the youth as well as their actions towards others.
´This course will present the pros and cons of the music industry and the media (in specific social media).
´Participants will have an understanding that majority of what they believe are their own thoughts and wants are truly influenced and created by the projections of musical lyrics/visuals and misleading media content.
For certain positions, this program may provide paid and/or unpaid college internship positions and volunteer hours for those interested.
Implementation of Program Options:
Merging and Collaborating DCF and DJJ to create the program internally.
Merge With the City of Kissimmee and KPD
´Collaborating with the CBC (Embrace Families)
´Cultivating an AmeriCorps Program.
Flexibility of Programs
All Programs are open to alternative curriculums to appease the criteria of the organization, the organization’s constituents, and the budget of the organization.