U-Turns Alternatives to Suspension (ISS Middle and High School)
This project is designed to engage at-risk youth in the early stages of life before they become chronic offenders. Our focus is designed to increase students perceptions of competence and self
worth, and improve participation identification with positive roles, reduce disciplinary action in school and improve participants communication and refusal skills. Family support is administered
as needed to help the youth and family be successful. Students behaviors, and negative critical thinking errors are addressed and corrected, wrongs are made right with all respective parties and a
support plan is developed to help students be successful.
The Spice of Life Girls Club (Middle and High School)
Is a model of structured support groups for girls from 09-19 years old. It is designed to foster self esteem, help girls maintain authentic connections with peers and adult women in their
community, counter trends towards self doubt, and allow for genuine self expression through verbal sharing and creative activity. Each week, a group of six to ten girls of similar age and
development meet with a facilitator for one to two hours. During this time, the girls take turns learning and listening to one another about their concerns and interests. The girls express themselves further through various creative or focused activities that could include role playing , drama, journaling, poetry, drama, dance, drawing, collage, clay, cooking and vocation, Often themes are introduced which relate to the girls lives. The girls high school groups coordinate with the middle school to conduct mentoring groups. Additionally, spice of life middle school groups coordinate with elementary schools to conduct mentoring groups at that level as well.
“Positive Options” Extended hours programming for (Elementary Schools)
The Positive Options program utilizes mentoring as well as the strengths-based approach to connect with students. Curriculum used to help encourage positive social behavior are called: “Youth Matters and Good Thinking - helping students to reframe their thinking patterns” It is our goal to provide an atmosphere of “Academic Success” combined with fun, learning and snacks. Our program facilitator works closely with the administrative staff, counselors, teachers, parents, and the community abroad in an effort to strive to provide a seamless level of support for the "whole youth"and families.
Clackamas Co. Youth Gang Task Force
Gang awareness training's to help enhance community perception on gangs and gang trends. Trainings are available on a first come first serve basis. These training's are available for professional staff development, school staff, administrators, local and county officials, law enforcement, loss prevention personnel, apartment managers and parents for a minimal stipend. Call for more details.
"Yes" To Success (Summer Program)
Program may be available for youth throughout Clackamas County. Leadership classes and life skills development are part of this action packed summer program. Youth go on field trips that can include: the Omni Max theater, hiking, white water rafting, movies. Youth are encouraged to participate in positive peer relations and early refusal skills.