Boys Programming

Mahoning County Juvenile Court Boys Programming has developed programs across every risk level from low to high risk to divert youthful male offenders from an entrenched life of crime by intervening early and targeting the needs of young men who have interaction with the Court.  All programs are evidence based curricula and are conducted in group settings in various locales.

Requirements for admission vary and admission into each program is determined through an extensive evaluation process and level of offense consideration. Substance abuse testing and intervention is also a mandatory component of many of the programs. Multi-programming may be used in tandem to address specific needs and issues.


Risk Level (OYAS score)                                   


Sports Program

assumed Low and Below Risk Score

No Referral - must meet age requirement for sport participation

Making It Low Risk Court referral from Intake, Probation or Mediation
Just Chillin' Anger Management Moderate to High Risk Court Referral
Victim Impact Moderate to High Risk Court Referral
Detention Programs Risk Level (OYAS Score)  Admission
The Brotherhood Council (tbc)                                                                                                                       Moderate to High Risk                                                                                                                                                                                                  Court Referral / Felony conviction / No gun specs / Background Assessment / Commitment to Department of Youth Services held in abeyance / May include youth returning from CCF's and residential placements

The Programs: 

LEAD (Leadership, Exploration, and Discovery)

This is a program for low-risk youth who are chosen from the current Growing Healthy, Growing Strong population and/or community service. The program places an emphasis on developing self-discovery, leadership, and organizational skills.
Sports Program 
Boys Programming currently includes a sports program partnering with the Youngstown City Parks and Recreation Department (flag football, soccer, bowling, basketball, cheerleading and golf) for boys and girls ages 8 – 13.  This program seeks to prevent court involvement through positive influence and recreation. 
Making It 
This program serves low risk young men. Offenses must be minor and include unruly youth. The evidence based Phoenix/New freedom Middle School curriculum is used. Emphasis is on identifying risk factors, problem solving skills and protective factors appropriate to the age group and low risk status. Homework includes the completion of life skill workbooks. The program requires attendance at six group sessions for an hour and half and homework includes the completion of life skill workbook.

Just Chillin’
Just Chillin’ provides anger-management skills training for moderate-to-high risk young men and uses the Phoenix/New Freedom Anger Management curriculum to teach the skills for identifying triggers, cues, and coping mechanisms to slow down anger responses and to think about angering situations.
Victim Impact 
VIP (Victim Impact Program) is a six week program for moderate to high risk young men and women. The purpose of VIP is to expose juvenile offenders to the effects their crimes have had upon their victim, families, and the community in which they live. Among the program’s goals are the developments of increased awareness of their roles within their community, of the impact of their actions, and of the victim’s experience. 

The Brotherhood Council (TBC)
Recently opened in June 2014, and located within the Juvenile Justice Center the program was created to help transform delinquent youth into responsible members of their families, schools and communities through individualized services and programming, thereby diverting them from the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) and preventing future incarceration. The intense in-house program is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy – people can change.
The program intends to target the youth’s criminogenic behaviors and attitudes and provide individualized treatment. Once these behaviors are identified, the goal is to use effective interventions that match the youth’s risk, needs, and personal characteristics with appropriate treatment programs and treatment intensity. This process also includes developing relapse prevention strategies that are designed to assist the youth in anticipating and coping with problem situations.    

Since delinquent behavior is the result of many different factors, the TBC offers a variety of services to address individual issues and their combined outcomes. The program is conducted in a treatment setting and incorporates a number of evidence based curricula including Cognitive Behavior Intervention: Core Ciurriculum (CBI:CC), Victim Impact (VIP), Personal responsibility Education Program (PREP). While in the TBC unit, youth receive guided recreation and wellness as well as continue their education. Drug and Alcohol intervention, counseling and faith based counseling. Many students also participate in Wraparound service coordination and Reentry Court.
A local community-based program increases the accessibility of family members and promotes family involvement.  It also creates an opportunity for the youth to gain exposure to positive characteristics of their community and for the community to be involved in the youth’s entire treatment process. Having local services also allows for a continued relationship between the youth if additional mental or behavioral treatment is required. 

The TBC only accepts youth who have documented, suspended legal commitments to ODYS or who have been transferred from ODYS facilities to the TBC program. The program is designed for males between the ages of 14 and 20 years old.  Youth placed in the TBC must not have any serious medical problems, must have adequate verbal skills, and must not be severely emotionally challenged. Youth are admitted to the TBC program based upon available bed space.