We utilize a variety of teaching methods and disciplines to meet the needs of youth we are charged with. Technology, social sciences, literature, multi-media and the arts are just a few of the disciplines that are used to help youth progress towards goals, foster relationships, and improve outcomes.
We enlist the families, local agencies and organizations, as well as other professionals to assist youth in giving them ownership of the community in which they live, will one day serve and should also find pride in. This program attempts to acknowledge the sometimes negative experiences that youth have had within their community, while at the same time assist them in embracing and changing their perceptions of the community by offering opportunities to experience OUR community in a different light.
We serve youth between the ages of 11 and 17. These are key developmental stages where youth begin to not only cope with puberty and self-identity, but also begin to see themselves as a part of the world. We must work on our youth not finding themselves at odds with our world, but instead contributors to it and beneficiaries of it.
Our goal is for students to complete the program with a sense of self, family, and purpose. We assist youth in developing self-efficacy so that they can step into the shoes of our future leaders, whether they choose to do so by becoming local business owners, teachers, politicians, or community advocates. Our programs allow youth who have found themselves at odds with the legal and judicial systems to make better choices and decisions, but more importantly, to find the self-worth in themselves to understand why previous decisions had a negative impact on their growth, development, and success.
It is through education NOT incarceration, that we meet the needs of our youth. Education is the foundation of our program. ICARE works closely with local agencies, organizations and the community to promote an awareness of program issues and needs, and to coordinate and/or develop additional, financially feasible services that meet the critical needs of youth. Supporters of ICARE Youth Services include the Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center Diversion Program, Region 6, Boystown National Hotline, Butler-Gast YMCA, Girls Inc., and others.