INTENSIVE YOUTH ADVOCACY PROJECT
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Intensive Youth Advocacy is a yet another groundbreaking project of Chaves County CASA which seeks to thwart the generational progression of poverty and crime by providing kids in the Juvenile Justice System a range of sound and constructive solutions to the real-world problems they face. Because so many of these stem directly from traumatic physical and sexual abuse, CASA employs a number of highly trained advocates and youth mentors who join meaningful court advocacy with creative programs and alternative education support to ensure the best possible outcomes. The importance of these interventions is indicated by a recent finding that fully 85 percent of participating youth attend school, meet court obligations and remain arrest-free during enrollment.
Among the programs and services under CASA’s Intensive Youth Advocacy (IYA) is the Leadership Program for Boys, a twelve week intensive training session which helps participants confront the role of violence in their lives with a view to breaking patterns of abuse. Working with community organizations like the Roswell Police Department, Juvenile Probation, Assurance Home, Wings for Life, and a number of faith communities, the Leadership Program uses on-site group mentoring to teach self-respect, leadership skills, and effective ways of dealing with anger and grief. It addresses peer pressure and gang involvement, as well as the importance of teamwork and planning for the future. Individual treatment plans and case management are provided to each boy and his family on an as-needed basis
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Working in a complementary way with girls is the Girls Circle, a nationally recognized program that promotes good judgment, positive self-image, and critical thinking skills among twelve to eighteen year olds. Mentors guide youth in addressing a wide variety of issues that include goal setting, coping skills and relationships with adults and peers. Group discussion focuses on such critical topics as drug use, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, past abuse, racial and sexual stereotypes, incarcerated parents and gangs. The program aims to both prevent delinquency and intervene in the lives of girls who have been referred by the courts because of criminal involvement. During twelve week intensive sessions mentors make use of journaling, group therapy, role playing, guest speakers, and collage as well as community volunteerism and college field trips to help girls learn to make wise choices and set constructive goals for their lives.
Juveniles who are thought to be at risk owing to abuse or neglect and are referred to CASA’s IYA programs by the courts are eligible for representation by highly trained court advocates. These men and women make it their aim to research each case thoroughly, furnish the courts an accurate picture of a child’s home life and make objective recommendations in her best interest.
The IYA’s Alternative Education Program provides life skills counseling, literacy training, job skills development, art and physical education, as well as moral support and character development to middle school youth, many of whom have been expelled or suspended long-term from their schools. With its computer lab and assessment software, CASA is able to evaluate the needs of students on a case by case basis and provide them with individualized instruction from between one to three hours a day. The program was designed in collaboration with the Chaves County Courts, Juvenile Probation, Roswell Independent School District, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Counseling Associates, area churches and local artists to fill the need for a safe and structured environment where even the most disenfranchised youth can find educational support and encouragement.