Funding has been provided by the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force for an Intervention Prevention Education (IPE) Counselor. The IPE Counselor acts as a bridge connecting the youth with services in the community and works closely with the Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT) Coordinator.
This program promotes the integration of interventions across service systems to include, but not limited to employment, mentoring programs, recreation programs, mental health, court services, schools, and other community agencies. The program is free of charge and serves youth ages 12 to 21 who are at-risk for gang involvement or who are gang - involved and their families.
Benefits to the youth who participate in the program include a reduction in the presence of the risk factors for gang activity, such as academic failure, alienation and rebelliousness, association with delinquent and violent peers, and low commitment to school. In addition, the youth may:
Ggain employment and employment skills
Learn to implement effective problem solving skills
Identify personal strengths to be applied in successful outcomes
Initiate and maintain positive peer relationships
Participate in pro-social activities within their local communities
Parents may receive case management support, gang awareness education, improve effective parenting skills, and provide positive support to their child. Such activities for youth and parents will strengthen the parent-child relationship.
For more information, contact the Juvenile Court Service Unit at 703-777-0303.