LINC Youth Justice Program
A support network aids the difficult transition from juvenile justice facility back into the community.
Lasting Investments in Neighborhood Connections (LINC) is a juvenile justice reentry program operated by The Children’s Aid Society (CAS). LINC works with referred youth returning from juvenile justice facilities on three main goals: 1) to create a transformational relationship with an adult in a life coaching model; 2) to increase social and emotional competencies through weekly group meetings; and 3) to increase the employability of participants.
- The LINC Coach - The purpose of the LINC Coach is to give each participant an opportunity to create an enduring relationship with an adult, a protective factor known to increase the likelihood of success for a young person.
- The LINC coach uses the techniques of Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based strategy, to guide participants through the process of developing and implementing a change plan based on the youth’s goals.
- The coach and the youth work together in weekly individual meetings to see where the present attitudes and behaviors either support or detract from the young person’s future goals and problem solve together to ensure the young person’s success during his/her aftercare period and beyond.
- Those youth who are most resistant to attending program (less than 50% attendance) will be assigned to an Outreach Coach who meets with the youth at their home, school, or in the community with the goal of engaging the youth with the program.
- The Weekly LINC Group - This group is aimed at increasing the social and emotional skills of the participants while giving them a venue to develop peer support and build a growing connection to community
- The group format, with the underlining principles of Restorative Practices, builds a safe space for an open dialogue about the challenges specific to the participants.
- Facilitators use a flexible and creative curriculum, which is a collection of lessons on social and emotional topics ranging from respect and self-respect to time management and conflict resolution.
- Work LINC - Work LINC is the employability development component of LINC. Work LINC’s main objective is to gradually increase its participants’ employability through a progression of three coached, hands-on employment opportunities. Any LINC participant who expresses an interest in working can be referred to this program. Everyone must attend an orientation before starting to work to review program expectations. All participants earn $7.50/hour, and they can remain active in the program for as long as it takes them to complete the three stages.
For more information please contact Felicia Mosley, Director of LINC Services, at: Feliciam@childrensaidsociety.org or at 212-996-1716.