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SAFETY: Adolescent Fire Safety Education

Safety is designed as a tool to increase awareness of fire safety. Youth with fire setting offenses learn to eliminate and/or redirect their fire setting impulses. With the use of restorative justice principles, youth address the importance of taking responsibility and being accountable for their choices. Through completion of a final project, youth are able to examine influences and thinking errors involved with their offense and set goals which encourage a path of positive behavior.

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Why SAFETY

SAFETY works to educate, and provide youth with skills and knowledge that will benefit them as they continue to grow in hopes to further the safety of youth and the community. 

What to Expect

Participants will meet in groups of 6 to 10 youth of similar age and development level with a facilitator once a week for six weeks.  Each group will be 1 hour and 30 minutes in length and will be held at Clackamas County Juvenile Department during evening hours. (Time and Dates to be determined)

Learning Topics

  • Communication
  • Anger
  • Boredom
  • Thinking Errors
  • Empathy
  • Victim Awareness
  • Fire and the Media
  • Problem Solving
  • Peer Pressure
  • Assertiveness
  • Personal Power
  • Feelings

Format

Opening and Introduction: Youth will be welcomed back to group, have their homework checked in, and receive a brief overview of what to expect for group each day.

Instruction: Each week will cover a different topic around fire safety and risk taking behavior.  Through instruction and group discussion youth will explore each topic to build understanding.

Activity: Youth will then complete an in-group activity which ranges from further group discussion, worksheets, or problem solving activities.  These activities will usually include a group portion as well as an individual portion.

Homework Assignment/Close: To reinforce the skills learned in each group, youth will be assigned homework that they will need to complete before returning to the next session.  This homework often involves parent participation and a signature to assure that parents have seen the work that youth are completing. 

Risk and Protective Factors

Risk factors increase the likeliness a youth will participate in risky or illegal behavior while specific protective factors work as a powerful force that overcomes these risk factors at a 2 to 1 ratio.  As a result of this knowledge, Safety works to address the following risk and protective factors:

  • Enhances the ability to show empathy. (Risk Factor)
  • Creates an environment where participants have an opportunity to accept responsibility for their behavior. (Risk Factor)
  • Seeks to address harmful fire-setting behavior. (Risk Factor)

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Positive view of Personal Future
  • Personal Power
  • Resistance Skills
  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Responsibility
  • Safety

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