Since the 1990’s Johnson County has invested in programs and services that:
- promote positive youth development
- are effective in preventing juvenile crime and delinquency
Effective positive youth development programming enhances the lives of children and families and reduces spending on costly juvenile justice placements.
Youth Development is the ongoing growth process in which all youth strive to:
- Meet the basic, personal and social needs to feel cared for and to be safe, valued, useful and spiritually grounded
- Build character, skills, and competencies that permit functioning and contribution in daily life
Youth Development builds on the strengths and assets of young people rather than concentrating solely on prevention or treatment of problems.
Multiple strategies to reduce risky behaviors:
- Support and strengthen family functioning
- Increase connections between students and their schools
- Make communities safe and supportive for children and youth
- Promote involvement in high quality out-of-school time programs
- Promote the development of sustained relationships with caring adults
- Provide children and youth opportunities to build social and emotional competence
- Provide children and youth with high quality education during early and middle school
FY 2022 County Funded JJYD Programs
Total Funding: $286,740
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Mentoring
Program Description: One to one community-based mentoring and after school programming at South East, North Central, Northwest, and Solon Jr High schools.
The Dream City- After School and Summer Bridge Program
Program Description: Support for the RISE Youth Leadership Program which offers life skills training, arts, music, recreation, community service, academic supports, and weekly field trips. Available for youth 10- 18 years of age. Programming offered after-school and during the summer.
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - After-School Enrichment Program
Program Description: Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) after-school enrichment programming for fifth and sixth graders at two elementary schools.
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - G World
Program Description: Weekly group for young women providing youth development, personal enrichment and a community service component. Includes monthly community -based activities. After-school at ICCSD junior and senior high schools.
Rape Victim Advocacy Program
Program Description: Comprehensive sexual violence prevention education to students in 7th – 12th grade in Iowa City and Clear Creek Amana Community School Districts. Youth Advisory Councils to implement sexual violence prevention projects.
United Action for Youth – Crisis Intervention & Counseling
Crisis intervention and mediation services for teens and parents of teens. Provide parenting support and education, case management services and referral for youth in crisis.
United Action for Youth - Art Club Program
Program Description: Weekly after-school art workshops at three ICCSD junior high schools and the UAY Youth Center.