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The delivery of treatment services occurs within a therapeutic community model based on the concept of Positive Youth Development (PYD).  PYD is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths’ strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people to build on their contribution strengths.  

The facility is unified by common goals, methods of operation, and adherence to norms referred to as the Strengths for Success.  The strengths, based on the 5Cs of PYD, provide residents a set of pro-social personal standards as follows:

  • Competence:  Learn and practice new skills.
  • Confidence:  Believe you have worth and a positive impact on others.
  • Connection:  Actively participate in daily living with others who share your environment and work to keep it safe.
  • Character:  Know who you are and be a positive influence on others.
  • Caring:  Act in a way that shows consideration of self, others, and your environment.
  • Contribution:  Make a difference by actively participating in, and being a leader of, your environment.


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