Making Substantive Changes in Thinking and Lifestyle
Youth Development Programs
(AGES 13 - 17)
"At Risk Youth"
Is it tough to be a teenager today? What is an at-risk youth? There are
many social experts who study human behavior and argue that today’s kids are under stress as never
Gang warfare, street stabbings and shootings, proliferation of drugs,
binge drinking and the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases all make life tough for today’s teens. And, the
tragic result is that so many young people are caught up in a dangerous lifestyle and place their health and
even their life at risk.
How can you prevent your teen from being placed in the at-risk category?
Can you stop any problems before they occur or at least become too serious? Here are some factors about teenage
Is your teen involved in any of the following
situations? If so, the more situations the greater the likelihood they are
1. School life. Is your teen failing at school,
are their grades dropping and are they in conflict with staff?
2. Family life. Is your teen rebellious? Do they argue
often with their parents and/or siblings? Do they threaten to run away or even go missing for periods of
3. The law. Is your teen in trouble with authority? Do
the police come to interview your child about certain incidents?
4. The community. Is your teen a dropout from sporting
clubs, the church or other local group activities? Have they abandoned the things which once took pride of place
in their life?
5. Unusual behaviour. Is your teen prone to lose their
cool beyond what might be considered normal? Are they angry and abusive? Do they threaten you or other family
members? Have they dropped long-time friendships with their peers?
6. Depression. Is your teen spending long periods of
time alone perhaps in their room? Do they speak less and make fewer comments in family conversations? Have they
been medically examined for depression? Do they seem listless and disinterested in most
7. Sexuality. Is your teen sexually active? Do you know
their partner or partners? Is your teen aware of STDs? Is your teen well-informed when it comes to the dangers
of unprotected sex?
8. Truthfulness. Have you caught your teen telling
lies? Do they seem secretive and not open and forthcoming? Are they unwilling to give details of where they’ve
been or with whom? Do you suspect them of stealing from home?
9. Fear. Are you afraid of your teen? Are you worried
that what you say or do will cause them to explode and use bad language? Has your teen threatened you or your
10. Self-belief. Does your teen seem to lack
confidence? Are they without motivation for most or many things? Do they have an “I don’t care” attitude to
life? Have they dropped their bundle?
The above points cover most of how a troubled teen behaves. If your
child fits into some of these categories, it is possible your teen is "at risk". Now is the time to intervene.
Do not let the situation drift. The well-being of your teen may be at risk.
Youth Life Skills Development
The program is developed for all socioeconomic people and
genders, consisting of juvenile, teen and young adult specific subjects, which effectively address criminogenic
are also equally effective
in addressing the needs of law-abiding individuals.
This curriculum is based on best practices,
supported by evidence-based results. Cognitive restructuring is used to intervene at the deepest level where
permanent change can take place.
Youth Life Skills
Management / Control
Is not your ordinary anger management
course. It focuses on faulty thinking, self-deception, justification and resistant behavior. It teaches anger
avoidance and uses cognitive restructuring to intervene at the deepest level where permanent change can take
Thinking, Domestic Violence, Self -deception, Resistant Behavior, Hostility, Rage, Justification,
Anxiety/Stress, Assault, Impulse Control, Divorce, Denial, Anger Avoidance
Designed to help people overcome faulty
thinking and self-defeating behaviors. It is especially relevant for people with self-esteem, anxiety and stress
problems. Is based on best practices supported by evidence based results. Is good for all socioeconomic
Modules: Especially relevant for people with self-esteem, anxiety and stress related problems.
Addictions, Finances/Debt, Self-Deception, Anger, Worry/Fear, Thinking Errors, Relationships,
Is unique in that it is the first to
blend cognitive restructuring with traditional traffic curriculum. It is designed for all drivers who have
exhibited a lack of proper values, attitude, and behavior, and is especially effective on repeat
Modules: Driving Without a License and/or Insurance, Aggressive Driving, Anger Management, Reckless
Driving, Speeding, Cell Phone and Texting, Multiple Tickets, Irresponsibility,
This course is versatile. It can be used
as a court responsibility program for noncompliant offenders or as pre or early (good time)
Modules:Denial, False Perceptions, Debt/Finances, Justification, Responsibility,
Growth/Decay, Addictions, Anxiety/Fear/Worry
Designed to be completed with a parent
or guardian and a Facilitator/Coach. It is particularly effective because parents are involved, allowing for
open discussion and communication between parent and child, guided by a skilled, experienced, certified
facilitator/coach/counselor. The cognitive life skills that are taught can be used in all aspects of
Modules: Underage Drinking, Abuse, Possession/Drugs, Truancy, Theft, Anger Management,
Communication, Parenting, Peer Pressure.
Focuses on helping youth overcome faulty
thinking errors. It engages participants as it follows the lives of real teens through their victories and
Modules: Fear/Worry, Self-Centeredness, Self-Esteem, Growth/Decay, Ambition/Education,
Consequences, Responsibility, Respect for Authority, Peer Pressure, Gang Involvement
Focuses on the causes of sexual
addiction, as it follows real people with real problems. This is not meant as therapy, but as a least intrusive
Modules: Faulty thinking, Mind Games, Fear/Worry/Stress, False Programming, Recycling, Self Deception,
Denial/Blaming, Triggers, Sexual Addiction, Alternatives, Detachment, Relationships, Self Justification,
A straight-forward cognitive
restructuring approach to chemical addiction. It follows two families through their victories and defeats. It
can be used as a cognitive component to existing therapy or stand alone. It also focuses on the underlying
causes of addiction and not the symptoms.
Modules:Marijuana/Drugs, Possession, Dui, Drugs, Chemical Addiction, Denial, Distribution,
Self Deception, Choices, Mind/Body, Emotional Needs, Peer Pressure, Addictive Cycles, Faulty Thinking
Focuses on shoplifting and other forms
of theft. Is a cognitive restructuring approach that helps youthful offenders overcome self-defeating thoughts
Modules: Theft, Values Clarification, Profit and Loss, Laws, Programming, Retail Shrinkage, Skills for
Life, Options, Self-Justification, Crime and Punishment, Consequences
Which Teens Would Benefit From The
The most likely candidates
are persons who:
1. commit crimes of moral turpitude (i.e.,
lying, stealing and fraud).
2. commit crimes of violence, (assault, rape,
and domestic violence).
3. need classes in anger management because of
violence, loss of self-control,
jealousy, road rage, extreme impatience, free floating hostility, and all
other forms of anger including the need to control people and
4. have emotional disorders such as anxiety,
obesity, anorexia, and bulimia.
5. lack ambition, goals and direction in
6. who are controlled by friends or
7. have feelings of low self-esteem and
8. lack empathy, tolerance, or sensitivity to
9. are dependent and
10. lack education and/or marketable job
11. are mean to people and
12. selfish and self-centered.
13. harbor thoughts of hate and vengeance
(authority, race, peers, etc.)
14. come from abusive, neglectful homes and were
not properly nurtured.
15. are caught in the same old rut, and keep
making the same bad choices
16. go from one abusive person or relationship
17. are associated with ‘gang’ activity for the
relationship and the power.
18. see themselves as unworthy of love, peace
19. are in denial, always making excuses and
20. are having problems developing good social
21. are addicted to chemicals such as illegal or
prescription drugs and alcohol.
22. are addicted to pornography and minor sex
23. lack good effective communication
24. have excessive worries and
25. Individuals who just need an emotional
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