Community organizing, advocacy, and direct services are designed to prevent juvenile delinquency, preserve families, and create safe communities at the neighborhood level. The program philosophy is to identify local indigenous leaders and to establish and maintain local self-help networks and organizations in a designated area. On an on-going basis, the local community committees work to strengthen the community by providing positive community activities that will lead to the reduction of juvenile delinquency.
The community Youth Service program maintains boards made up of members from the local community. All areas to be targeted by these programs are referred through the local boards. These areas are then assessed through a need and resource process and the results are presented at a neighborhood meeting. Local leaders are then elected and the goals and objectives are developed to direct the committee’s actions for the coming year.
Available in: McLean, Tazewell and Peoria Counties.
For referral information and program eligibility please contact the local Youth Family Community Outreach Program Supervisor at the Branch nearest you.