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JusticeWorks provides innovative and cost-effective services for at-risk and adjudicated youth. We find a way to succeed with troubled youth who have made a career of failure. We combine cognitive-behavior management and clinical practice; graduated sanctions; teaching employability skills and resolving family difficulties in order to produce better outcomes for kids and communities. Our efforts are guided by the following 10 principles:

  1. We work in partnership with public systems (Juvenile Courts, Children & Youth Agencies, Education, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse) to cost-effectively treat troubled youth. We invite feedback and use our partners’ concerns to continually improve our efforts.
  2. We are reliable, responsive partners who provide relief to overburdened court systems, and the corrosive effects of out-of-control youth in schools and communities. We promote and provide safety in our programs, and beyond. Our services are congruent with the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice and emphasize Safety, Permanency, & Well-Being.
  3. We respond quickly and professionally to referrals. We take pride in accepting and succeeding with non-compliant families and youth with a history of failure.
  4. Our programs operate to the highest professional standards and adhere to state-of-the-art quality assurance practices.  When possible we utilize evidence and best practice approaches to working with youth and families.
  5. We understand that youth are unlikely to sustain positive behavior unless their families can actively support them. We engage families and assist them in resolving problems and developing a supportive culture.
  6. Community outreach projects allow youth to regain an awareness and empathy for their victims, and to provide restitution through volunteer service.
  7. Innovative education and skills development programs prepare youth to enter and succeed in the world of work.
  8. Discipline is applied on a graduated basis with the goal of effecting positive change. Families and other stakeholders are encouraged to apply natural consequences, which will guide youth appropriately.
  9. Aftercare is not an afterthought; we plan for successful post-discharge transition from day one. Our emphasis on behavior control, education, and employability skills gives youth the ability to find productive roles in society.
  10. We understand that in human services, the “how” is more important than the “what,” and the “what” is directly related to the “who.” Our staff complement reflects the cultural diversity of the youth we work with. Staff have the requisite educational and work experiences, but most importantly, bring empathy and a “whatever it takes” philosophy to succeed with troubled youth and their families.