Skills Group Program

The Skills Group Program is committed to:

  • using evidence based principles in all group settings;
  • assisting youth in understanding the human impacts of their actions;
  • providing youth with skills which will assist them in becoming contributing community members;
  • providing opportunities for youth to meaningfully connect to their community; and
  • addressing Risk and Protective factors in youth to minimize recidivism rates.   

Program Overview

The Skills Group Program is dedicated to providing facilitated group learning opportunities which focus on expanding the competencies of the youth we serve.  By having eight different evidence-based curriculums, the Skills Group Program is able to direct youth into group learning scenarios which specifically target identified Risk and Protective factors.  


Anger Replacement Therapy (ART): Aggression Replacement Training is designed to provide youth with skills on what to do in anger producing situations while making the arousal of anger a less frequent occurrence.  

Girls Circle: helps girls foster self-esteem, connect with peers, and encourages self-expression.

Boys Council: In this structured environment youth participate in group activity which provides an opportunity to: learn to make positive choices; express ideas; work as a team; and strengthen resiliency.

Individual and Community Empathy (ICE): Based on restorative justice principles, Individual and Community Empathy encourages youth to: take responsibility for their choices; look at preventing future harmful or illegal behavior; understand harm done to others; acknowledge their victim(s); and make a commitment to their community to repair harm they have caused.

Safety (Fire Setters 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.   

TruThought: Charting a New Course:  This group focuses on addressing barriers in thinking. This corrective thinking process will use the knowledge of these barriers to implement responsible thinking steps. Through group discussion, role plays, and group and individual activities youth will learn skills to stop the tactics, change their thinking, and stay on track.

Independent Living Program: Independent Living Program (ILP) is intended to provide youth with the necessary skills and information they will need to transition from living with their parents/guardians to living on their own.

Strengthening Families

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