This program serves at-risk youth ages twelve (12) to eighteen (18) and their families who have come into contact with law enforcement and the juvenile justice system for social rules violations. Youth are offered intake/ assessment and referral services that can include group, individual, and family counseling and/or psycho-educational classes of fourteen hours' duration to help prevent or intervene in any continued school failure, minor delinquency, or family problems.
GOAL: To decrease continued risk for juvenile delinquency in pre-delinquent youth or first-time offenders in Cleveland County.
Adolescent development, communication skills, anger management, problem solving/decision making, and values aware-ness/cultural sensitivity are the skills taught in the FTOP program. The curriculum used is “It’s My Life,” which was adopted in 2017 by the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services.
On average, youth and parents rated the service as useful, assigning a score of 4.6 on a 5-point scale where 5 is “Strongly Agree,” in terms of the program’s ability to teach these skills effectively. Additionally, both youth and parents also rated the service as beneficial in regard to whether or not they felt they were treated with dignity and respect, whether the facilitator was prompt, whether they felt able to handle problems more effectively after the service, and whether it would be of benefit to others. The average score in this regard was 4.9.
The percentage of adolescents who successfully completed the program, based on attendance at all six classes, was 82.5%.