“MY OPTIONS CASE MANAGER IS GREAT AND VERY HELPFUL, UNDERSTANDING AND LISTENS TO EVERYTHING. THE PROGRAM HELPED THE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MOTHER AND I.” – JUVENILE COURT CLIENT
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County partners with Bucks County Juvenile Court, Youth Aid Panels and Children and Youth to provide more intensive professional guidance and support for higher risk youth. The kids in the Options program are called “clients” and range from ages 7 – 17.
Building on our Community Based Mentoring program model, each youth meets with an assigned professional Case Manager who provides personalized one-to-one support. Meetings are goal oriented and may take place weekly or bi-weekly. Activities may include:
- Individual or group life skills building
- Learning from inspirational speakers
- Going fishing, hiking or taking pictures in a local park
- Working on school projects
- Employment and career exploration
- Individual and group mentoring activities through sports, arts and nature
- Sharing a meal while discussing things that are going on with the client
If a client has community service or other probation requirements to complete, the case manager will aid him/her to ensure everything has been completed in timely manner. Each individual client has a program developed and tailored to meet his / her specific needs as well as their families, with the Case Manager serving as a guide, mentor and advocate.
The Options program is also evaluated under the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) through the Pennsylvania State University EpisCenter. SPEP is a scoring system used to estimate the impact of juvenile justice programs on reducing recidivism. Case Managers utilize motivational interviewing and behavioral contracting to guide youth to improve attitudes, behaviors and peer relationships.
“MY OPTIONS CASE MANAGER WAS GREAT! HE HELPED ME OUT THROUGH EVERYTHING AND MADE ME REALIZE THE GOOD LIFE HAS, BY JUST DOING THE RIGHT THING.” – JUVENILE COURT CLIENT