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The Denver Juvenile Probation TASC Project mentoring program purpose is to expose youth ages from 12 to 17 involved in the criminal justice system to positive role models and alternative lifestyles to encourage them to find pro-social activities to help reduce drug and alcohol use, increasing regular school attendance, improve grades, reduce recidivism and benefit from positive peer relationship.
The mentoring program is funded by the Project Combine grant. Project Combine is a multistate project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention OJJDP), and a partnership between the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Chestnut Health Systems. The program was created in the fall of 2012 to help at-risk, justice involved youth and their families. The project’s primary goals is find stable, dependable adults and train them in selected skills used in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), an evidence based substance use treatment and provide parents/caregivers with A-CRA sessions targeted to their needs and mentoring support to improve their children’s outcomes. These goals will result in reduction of juvenile delinquency, help them find pro-social activities to help reduce drug and alcohol use, increase regular school attendance, improve grades, reduce recidivism and benefit from positive peer relationship. The mentoring program requires a one hour a week commitment for one year.
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