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Troubled teen programs from Pikes Peak Learning are focused on creating positive futures. Once teens see the value of right choices, in the context of their own lives, bad choices decline and opportunity increases. Plus, teens develop new skills and confidence that they can achieve the lives they want, further healing the troubled teen. Peak Mastery is used by thousands of the top schools, youth agencies, community centers, and youth ministries across the U.S. to help young people create successful lives.

 


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Helping troubled teens is a nationwide challenge. In some geographic and ethnic segments of the population, crime rates, drop out rates, drug use, and many other problems of troubled teens are more widespread than ever. Comprehensive programs for troubled teesn must include ways to vividly show the value of better choices. Peak Mastery guides young people through a process of seeing the future, and showing how choices today will create that future - for better or worse.


At-risk youth and troubled teens are a major focus of many intervention programs around the country. Today's troubled teen can become tomorrow's prison inmate, and at-risk behaviors can lead to more drastic consequences than jail. Many temptations face today's at-risk youth population, and it's important to give them the opportunity to see the consequences of their choices before it's too late. This page contains links to resources for at-risk youth and programs for troubled teens, articles and information on the at-risk teen population, and programs that focus on assisting at-risk youth and troubled teens.

Most kids, even those who come from strong family units with professional parents, often wonder at one time or another why school is so important. This can be a conversation you have over and over again with your child, yet you may still feel stumped for an answer. Telling your child that he or she just has to go to school, end of story, leaves room for argument. In some cases, the truancy problem will continue unless some type of intervention takes place.

In the schools and at juvenile justice centers, dedicated adults use True Life to show at-risk youth and troubled teens the consequences of their choices. The incidence of at-risk behavior in teens and the number of troubled teens is rising in this country, and it takes a comprehensive mix of intervention, education, family cooperation, and effective curriculum to change the direction of troubled teens.

A comprehensive troubled teen program can mean all the difference in the world to a teenager who lives in peril. Such at-risk teens face numerous challenges on a daily basis, with drugs, alcohol, violence, and teen pregnancy being the most problematic. Intervention programs can help, but only if they are easily accessible to the at-risk population and they provide support in a number of areas.

Many at-risk youth and teens grow up in horrific conditions, such as poverty, parents that are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, neighborhoods filled with violence, and absolutely no guidance or protection from concerned adults. The high school dropout rate for such teens can reach as high as 20 percent, which is a tragedy as far as we are concerned at Pikes Peak Learning. Teens who are given the chance to make important life decisions can learn more readily about the impact these decisions will make on their lives now and in the future.

A troubled teen program should address all of the issues that teens face on a daily basis. Teaching teens the coping skills they will need to persevere in light of troubled times is essential, because they learn tenacity and the value of hard work. In addition, teens that learn to overcome obstacles feel a greater sense of self-worth, and they also feel empowered to take control of their own lives. The Peak Mastery life skills curriculum is designed to show teens how any decision they make now will impact them 10, 20, even 50 years from now.




TROUBLED TEENS RESOURCES

National Youth Court Center at the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) serves as an information clearinghouse and provides training and technical assistance to youth courts and at-risk youth programs in the United States.

Juvenile Information Network: Intended to encourage communications among juvenile justice professionals and to foster the development of new reform programs for at-risk youth and troubled teens in systems at the state and local levels.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Serves as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from high school.

Youth and Troubled Teen Crime Watch of America: Brings youth of all backgrounds together to identify and correct problems unique to their schools and communities. The YCW program empowers youth to take an active role in addressing the problems around them and assisting at-risk youth around them.

Troubled Teen Options: 1-800-503-0338 -- Finding resources for at-risk teens, troubled teens, and the parents and families of at-risk youth.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention, for Troubled Teens: Supports states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles, troubled teens, and at-risk youth. The Office also strives to enable the juvenile justice system to better protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services tailored to the needs of youth and their families.

National Center for Juvenile Justice: A resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice and at-risk youth.

California Dropout Prevention Network: Dropout prevention, at-risk and troubled teen assistance, and student achievement programs in targeted California public schools.


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