The Y’s Juvenile Intervention programs steer youth towards positive decisions, health lifestyle choices.

Two Valley of the Sun YMCA branches offer alternative solution programming for at-risk teens in an attempt to intervene, in a positive way, early in their development. The P.R.Y.D.E. (Personal Responsibility Youth Development Education) Program and First Offenders Program in Mesa and Glendale provide prevention and intervention services to assist youth in developing pride in self, family, community, and their future.

Both programs offer a one-day 8 hour skills-based class to build developmental assets through numerous workshops such as healthy lifestyle choices, resistance skills, anger/conflict resolution, resistance/refusal skills, and decision making. Youth between the ages of 8-17 are usually referred through the Juvenile Court system, probation officer, or city/state court official for misdemeanor violations as part of a diversion program.

With support from the City of Mesa, City of Peoria, Arizona Supreme Court (Juvenile Justice Services Division), Maricopa County Juvenile Services, and the Valley of the Sun United Way, these programs have served the Valley through its two locations in Mesa and Glendale for over twenty years.

Please contact us for more information and next available session: Glendale/Peoria Family YMCA (602.212.5183) Mesa Family YMCA (602.212.5163).


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