What we do

JUVENILE JUSTICE MINISTRIES

Delaware Youth for Christ's Juvenile Justice Ministries seeks to engage at-risk youth in local community and in the juvenile justice system. Delinquency prevention and intervention programs are carried out at detention centers, at correctional facilities, at residential treatment facilities, at group homes, and at DYFC's two drop-in youth centers.

Our programs are overseen through the operations of DYFC's Juvenile Justice Ministries. However, it is a partnered program undertaken in strategic collaboration with The Division of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) and other allied local community partners. The program is focused on the residents of level-5 (maximum security) and level-4 (staff secured) state-run residential facilities in an effort to offer the unique treatment needs of adolescent youth (both female and male) in a safe, gender-sensitive environments. The program is also unique with it's the delinquency prevention program component as it targets at-risk youth, located in disadvantaged low-income neighborhoods that are not in the juvenile justice system but stand a high probability given their risky behaviors.

DELINQUENCY PREVENTION vs. INTERVENTION

Delinquency Prevention (DP): activities are services for youth who have NOT come into contact with the juvenile justice system or family services. General prevention services include (but not limited to) tutorial programs, teen pregnancy prevention programs, conflict resolution programs, art programs and dropout prevention services. DP is carried out at DYFC youth centers. This is an effective ministry model to transform the lives of disadvantaged, low-income youth, their families and the communities that they live in. Every day Delaware Youth for Christ works towards reaching at-risk kids in their neighborhoods at our Wilmington and Middletown ministry sites.

Intervention: activities are services for youth who have come into contact with either the juvenile justice system or family services. Youth who have been arrested, under the custody of the DYRS at the level of detention, incarceration, or probation, under the custody of the DFS, or under the custody of the DPBHS would be the targeted population for intervention activities.

  • Entering their world and listening well
     

  • Staying in their lives

  • Connecting with incarcerated youth

  • Our Programs

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