IMPACT (Intensive, Mentoring, Parent, Advocacy, Comprehensive, Trauma-Informed services)

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THE NEED:
Nearly 47% of youth involved in the juvenile justice system have behavior or substance use disorders, 34% have anxiety disorders, and 18% have mood disorders, including depression. (Youth.gov)

PROGRAM SUMMARY:
Lifeline’s IMPACT (Intensive Mentoring, Parent Advocacy, and Comprehensive Trauma-informed Services) program is a client-centered treatment program for youth ages 11-17 who are at risk of arrest as a result of behavior problems.

PROGRAM SERVICES:
The IMPACT program works with youth who have been in trouble, but are better served through therapeutic and family-focused intervention rather than facing criminal prosecution. IMPACT offers an intensive client-centered, trauma-informed treatment program that focuses on the community, youth, and family services while also addressing issues related to racial and ethnic disparity. IMPACT sets youth up for success by providing services that work to resolve the underlying causes of their misbehavior.

WHO WE HELP:
Lifeline’s IMPACT (Intensive Mentoring, Parent Advocacy, and Comprehensive Trauma-informed Services) program is a client-centered treatment program for youth ages 11-17 who are at risk of arrest as a result of behavior problems.

STORY:
We asked Ruben, a recent IMPACT client, how he feels about the services he received through the program. His short answer? Ruben did not want his time in the program to end. He shared that IMPACT has improved his capacity to make decisions, increased his self-esteem, and improved his attitude towards his parents’ separation. Ruben went on to say that being able to participate in all the interventions was “helpful and fun.” Ruben’s mother agrees. She reports that Ruben has had a positive change in his behavior, at home and at school, and has improved his communication with his family.

OUR IMPACT:
Last year the IMPACT program served 112 youth with the following outcomes:
  • 92% of youth clients had no entry, or re-entry, into the Juvenile Justice System as measured by probation records six months after case closure.
  • 56% of youth clients/guardians reported improved school attendance while in the program as measured by self-reports.
  • Youth participating in the IMPACT program provided 142 hours of community service.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
You can help support kids who are working hard to overcome mental and behavioral health issues to stay out of trouble and succeed in school. Most of our youth clients need school supplies to help them achieve academically. Click here to donate today and help our kids achieve in school!
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