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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 before.


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 behaviour.

Is your teen involved in any of the following situations? If so, the more situations the greater the likelihood they are ‘At-Risk’.


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 time?


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 things?


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 family?


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 Programs

The program is developed for all socioeconomic people and genders, consisting of juvenile, teen and young adult specific subjects, which effectively address criminogenic needs.


These workshops 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 Workshops


Anger 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 place.
Modules: Faulty Thinking, Domestic Violence, Self -deception, Resistant Behavior, Hostility, Rage, Justification, Anxiety/Stress, Assault, Impulse Control, Divorce, Denial, Anger Avoidance


Cognitive Awareness


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 groups.
Modules: Especially relevant for people with self-esteem, anxiety and stress related problems. Addictions, Finances/Debt, Self-Deception, Anger, Worry/Fear, Thinking Errors, Relationships, Depression


Driver Responsibility


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 offenders.
Modules: Driving Without a License and/or Insurance, Aggressive Driving, Anger Management, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Cell Phone and Texting, Multiple Tickets, Irresponsibility,


Offender Responsibility


This course is versatile. It can be used as a court responsibility program for noncompliant offenders or as pre or early (good time) release.
Modules:Denial, False Perceptions, Debt/Finances, Justification, Responsibility, Growth/Decay, Addictions, Anxiety/Fear/Worry


Youth / Parent


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 life.
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 defeats.
Modules: Fear/Worry, Self-Centeredness, Self-Esteem, Growth/Decay, Ambition/Education, Consequences, Responsibility, Respect for Authority, Peer Pressure, Gang Involvement


Sex Offender


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 cognitive intervention.
Modules: Faulty thinking, Mind Games, Fear/Worry/Stress, False Programming, Recycling, Self Deception, Denial/Blaming, Triggers, Sexual Addiction, Alternatives, Detachment, Relationships, Self Justification, Consequences, Victimization,


Substance Abuse


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 Decay/Growth


Theft / Shoplifting


Focuses on shoplifting and other forms of theft. Is a cognitive restructuring approach that helps youthful offenders overcome self-defeating thoughts and behaviors.
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 Courses?

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 events.


4. have emotional disorders such as anxiety, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia.


5. lack ambition, goals and direction in life.


6. who are controlled by friends or peers.


7. have feelings of low self-esteem and inadequacy.


8. lack empathy, tolerance, or sensitivity to others.


9. are dependent and unmotivated.


10. lack education and/or marketable job skills.


11. are mean to people and animals.


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 to another.


17. are associated with ‘gang’ activity for the relationship and the power.


18. see themselves as unworthy of love, peace and happiness.


19. are in denial, always making excuses and blaming others.


20. are having problems developing good social skills.


21. are addicted to chemicals such as illegal or prescription drugs and alcohol.

22. are addicted to pornography and minor sex offenders.


23. lack good effective communication skills.


24. have excessive worries and fears.


25. Individuals who just need an emotional pick-me-up.


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