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Youth Services Division

The Youth Services Division includes four distinct programs: Alternatives to the Court Experience (ACE) Diversion Program, Youth Homeless Prevention Services (HOPE), Parent and Adolescent Support Services (PASS), and the Teen Parent Assessment Program (TPAP). Together, these programs comprise a system of services and supports for youth who are at-risk of court-involvement, school disengagement, homelessness and repeat teen pregnancy. The Division engages youth, their families, community-based providers, government agencies, and other partners to address challenging behaviors, circumstances and help youth and their families get back on track toward stability and self-sufficiency. 

YOUTH TENETS

Every youth is an individual.
I recognize the support and celebrate their unique needs, values, and strengths in order to respectfully and effectively serve them. 

youth deserves to be part of a family, traditional or non-traditional.
I seek to understand, engage, and support those closest to them.

Youth deserve the opportunity to tell their story without being judged.
I listen to them with an open mind and heart.

Youth are growing and changing and the circumstances that brought them to my attention do not define them.
I strive to empower youth to define and live their own emotionally, educationally and physically healthy lives.

Youth develop more positively when not involved in the juvenile justice system.
I recognize that testing boundaries, rules and laws are a normal part of adolescent development. Furthermore, I have an obligation and commitment to do everything I can to keep youth from becoming justice involved.

Positive childhood experiences have a tremendous impact on youths’ long-term emotional, psychological and physical health.
I work to identify and address past trauma experienced by youth as well as minimize potential future trauma.

Each moment in a youth’s life is vitally important.
A sense of urgency, understanding, and care drives all that I do.

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