T he center will provide a “one-stop” for youth ages 13-24 involved in the school discipline and criminal justice systems. The youth and their families will be referred from schools,court or juvenile probation. The “one stop” approach is to prevent youth and their families from traveling all over town to receive resources or services. Unlike big cities on the east coast and other places, central Texas does not have an expansive public transportation system. Therefore, providing a one stop is critically important. The two-prong approach provides support to families with limited resources and decreases the number of families that do not receive services because they cannot travel to them or because they are unaware of local services.
All children have the potential to be great we figure out as a community how we make a positive impact in the lives of children.
Dr. Courtney Robinson
The core values of the center:
- A safe and caring environment
- A welcoming environment where all can feel like they can realize their potential, excel and advance
- An environment that celebrates race and culture
- A continuum of resources, supports and services in the most appropriate settings(large, small group or individualized) respecting the dignity of the client The EAF will leverage its community partnership to provide a comprehensive package of resources and services. Upon referral, each youth will have an individualized service delivery plan. We understand that a one-size fits all protocol doesn’t work for children that have become involved in the school discipline or criminal justice system.