Shelby County Juvenile Court Programs
Counseling: Shelby County youth
that appear in court for violent or drug/alcohol related cases
may be referred to our local counseling agencies, Shelby County
Counseling Center and Catholic Social Services, for assessments
Thinking for a Change: Thinking for a Change is facilitated
by Gateway Youth Programs and Juvenile Probation Officers. This
program consists of 22 lessons and meets twice a week. Targeted
youth range in ages 12-17. The program is a combination of cognitive
restructuring and social skill interventions. Youth will be equipped
with the knowledge, skills and ability to challenge their own
beliefs, thoughts and feelings. This will enable them to challenge
their own thinking errors and correct them.
Bridging the Gap: Bridging the Gap is facilitated
by the Shelby County Salvation Army. The program is a 12-week
life skills educational program for at-risk youth 14-17 years
old. The program focuses on helping the youth refocus their thought
s on positive things they can contribute to in their community.
During the 12 week program two support meetings are held to bring
the youths parents together and deal with issues they may be having
with their children.
Parent Project: The Parent Project is a program
based on instruction, support groups, and curriculum addressing
the most destructive adolescent behaviors of children ages 11-17.
Through the 10 week course, parents are provided skills and support
to make a difference in their child’s life. Included is
a teen component to help the child whose parent is attending the
program explore alternatives to their destructive behavior.
Loving Solutions: Loving Solutions is a part
of Parent Project, but focuses on children ages 5-10 years old.
Gateway Youth Programs: Gateway Youth Programs
targets at-risk youth ages 5-17. Gateway specializes in working
with youth who are in conflict with their family, involved with
Juvenile Court, in need of support, or in need of help to succeed
in school. Services provided to youth and their families include
crisis intervention, case management, advocacy with schools and
court, non therapeutic counseling, and referrals as needed or
requested. The Connection Youth Center is also available to youth
as a positive, safe, and supervised setting for after school fun.
School/Court Liaison: This Program addresses
educational issues with adjudicated youth. The School/Court Liaison
helps youth who are having problems with grades, attendance, or
behavior in school. The School/Court Liaison works closely with
youth and their families to bridge the gap of communication with
Probation Staff and School Personnel. The goal of this program
is to make sure the youth has the appropriate educational needs
being met so the youth can graduate.
Juvenile Justice Work Program:
This Program runs year around and is held on Saturday
mornings starting at 7:30 am and concluding at 12:30pm. This Program
is a community based sanction intended to emphasize accountability
for ones actions. Youth perform community service within Shelby
County at various venues with structured supervision from Juvenile
Court Staff. The work program participates in city and county
cleanups as well as helping out with cleaning and maintenance
projects for Sidney City Schools, Shelby County Parks and Recreation
Department, Jackson Center Schools and Adopt-A-Highway.
PATH (Partnering Alongside Teens for Hope and Healing):
The PATH program services as a mentoring program ran by the First
Methodist Church. The program provides faith based support and
therapeutic services for at-risk youth referred to the church
by Shelby County Juvenile Court. Through services offered by PATH
youth will be given the opportunity to discover options and develop
tools to make healthy life choices.