A COMMUNITY-WIDE COLLABORATION FOR THE SUCCESS OF OUR YOUTH
Positive Pathways Program (P3) is intended to improve the long-term labor market prospects of youth ages 16-24, who have a history with the juvenile justice system, and to facilitate local partnerships and collaborations to find a sustainable and community-rooted solution to reducing crime and enhancing positive opportunities for youth.
Who: Youth served are ages 16-24
What: Youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system currently or in the past
Why: To prevent youth from returning to the juvenile or adult justice system
How: Provide intense support and encouragement to overcome obstacles leading to involvement in the juvenile justice system. Empower participants to achieve goals and avoid future obstacles through education, guidance, and community service.
Services include: Employment, Education and training, Mentoring, Restorative justice, Coordinated case management, Drug & alcohol treatment, Community-wide violence reduction plan
P3 IS MENTORING FOR SUCCESS
One of the great partnerships P3 has made is with Mentoring for Success, a statewide initiative that delivers mentoring services to help offenders safely and successfully return to their communities. A few of our P3 coaches have spent time with young people who are incarcerated with the hope that a strong relationship with someone who cares will give him/her the highest chance at success when they are released. One of those relationships has been between P3 coach Nate Davis and young man named Isaiah. After getting to know each other pretty well through several months of weekly phone calls, Isaiah was released in November on parole.
Immediately, Isaiah was faced with a very difficult series of family circumstances, and within just a few weeks of his newfound freedom his future began to look pretty grim. “I don’t think I can make it out here!” he exclaimed to Nate one day. Through his relationship with Nate, and his involvement in P3, Isaiah began to utilize the help and encouragement that he so desperately needed, and things have been looking better every day. Isaiah has impressed all of us with his determination to succeed and his commitment to be a good father to his children. He has even enrolled in classes at a local college! Isaiah’s future is looking bright and we look forward to what’s next.