Individual and Community Empathy (ICE)

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The Mission of ICE is to provide youth with an opportunity to build empathy and community awareness in a positive way, while taking responsibility for their behaviors and looking at their effect on our community.  ICE is designed to help youth develop competencies that will enable them to be more successful community members. 

What to Expect

Over a three week span, youth will complete three skills groups and two 8 hour community service projects.  The skills groups will be held at Clackamas County Juvenile Department to be scheduled during normal business hours.  The community service projects will be scheduled during weekends.  At the last session, youth will participate in a completion celebration, allowing them to reflect on their time spent in ICE.

Youth will receive 24 hours of community service upon completion of this group.   

Structured Learning Topics

Examples of Community Service Projects:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Food Banks
  • Trail Restoration
  • Farmers Market
  • Fill a Stocking
  • Community Centers


Day 1: Skills Group
The focus is on cognitive skills development which includes recognition of thinking errors, exploring the use and purpose of empathy, and impacts of being responsible for their choices.
Youth will also prepare for the learning projects associated with ICE which includes building an understanding of restorative vs. punitive community service, project preparation, group expectations, and details of project logistics. (Time Commitment: 2 Hours)

Day 2: Restorative Community Service Project    
Youth will participate in a predetermined community service project(s), allowing them an opportunity to build connections with community members, see the impact of the service, and acquire new work related skills.  (Time Commitment: 8 Hours)

Day 3:  Skills Group
Youth will come back together in a skills group setting where they will be recognized for their strengths in the first work project, reflect on the impact this service has had on the community, and work through any questions or concerns following the first community service project.  (Time Commitment: 2 Hours)

Day 4:  Restorative Community Service Project
Youth will again complete a community service project where they will continue to build connections and work related skills.  (Time Commitment: 8 Hours)

Day 5:  Skills Group
In this final skills group, youth will reflect on their experience in ICE.  They will connect their service to the need to make things right in the community and their future, and receive recognition for their service.  (Time Commitment: 2 Hours)

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, ICE works to address the following risk and protective factors:

  • There is an adult in youth's life (other than a parent) he can talk to. (Protective Factor)
  • Promotes youth to talk about the future in a positive way with plans or aspirations of a better life. (Risk Factor)
  • Addresses lack of empathy, remorse, sympathy, or feelings for their victim(s). (Risk Factor)
  • Encourages youth to take responsibility for their behavior.(Risk Factor)
  • Introduces youth to potential extra-curricular activities and continues community involvement. (Protective Factor)

Developmental Assets Strengthened

  • Integrity 
  • Responsibility
  • Planning and Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Personal Power
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Positive View of Personal Future
  • Community Values Youth
  • Service to Others

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