Mission: To alert the faith community of juvenile
justice issues and to create lasting partnerships
that enhance the lives...
What Is Operation Embrace?
• Operation Embrace is faith and community partners
coming together to assist the community in ...
What Operation Embrace Is NOT?
• Operation Embrace is NOT:
– Case management
– A service provider = treatment
– Mental hea...
In Partnership With

Fifteenth
Judicial
Circuit

Dominion
Ministries,
Inc.
Who Will Be Served ?
• Court-involved youth and families in Palm Beach
County
– Youth/families may be referred by:
• The C...
Support Services Offered
• Mentoring
• Pro-social activities
• Vocational/Internships opportunities
• Family support
• Com...
Mentoring
• Minimum of a one (1) year commitment between
youth or family and the adult volunteer
• Partner with community ...
Pro-Social Activities
• Community activities including but not limited to:
–
–
–
–
–

After school programming
Extracurric...
Vocational/Internships
Opportunities
• Local businesses and schools to offer job training,
work experience and leadership ...
Family Support
• Wrap-around support for the entire family:
– Someone to talk to
– Regular, personal contact
– “Lending a ...
Community Hubs
• Utilization of community facilities to host family
meetings, group sessions, etc.
– Probation Field Offic...
Operation Embrace Coordinator
• Who?
• Dedicated volunteer with experience in a related
field and strong desire to help yo...
Volunteer Qualifications
• Desire to work with youth and families in the juvenile
justice system

• Ability to volunteer t...
Roles of the Volunteers
• Maintain monthly contact with Operation Embrace
Coordinator
• Maintain notes on youth and family...
Referral Form
• Begins the referral process for youth/families to
become involved with Operation Embrace
• Completed by th...
Family Needs Meeting
• At the initial meeting, Operation Embrace
Coordinator will talk with the family to obtain the
follo...
Confidentiality & Information Sharing
• Release of Information
– Form which allows for the sharing of
information between ...
Program Completion
• Relationships are everlasting!
• Operation Embrace Coordinator will complete (in
collaboration with t...
Pilot Program
• The initial pilot program will target serve
15 youth/families in the initial year in the
Palm Beach County...
Data Collection
• Program data will be maintained to identify
successes and necessary enhancements to
the program
• Progra...
Next Steps
• Recruitment of volunteers (on-going)
• Implement and host orientation sessions
– Operation Embrace Coordinato...
In Collaboration With
• Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
• Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO)
• New Beginnings ...
CONTACT INFORMATION
• Operation Embrace
Operation Embrace Coordinator
Jay Bonner
(561) 389-2189
bonnerjaydeb@juno.com

•Fi...
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Operation Embrace

  1. 1. Mission: To alert the faith community of juvenile justice issues and to create lasting partnerships that enhance the lives of youth and families
  2. 2. What Is Operation Embrace? • Operation Embrace is faith and community partners coming together to assist the community in reducing juvenile crime • Operation Embrace is an extended community support system • Operation Embrace relies on faith and community volunteers • Operation Embrace is a way faith and community partners can embrace the needs of families through referrals to support services.
  3. 3. What Operation Embrace Is NOT? • Operation Embrace is NOT: – Case management – A service provider = treatment – Mental health/Psychiatric services – Individual/family counseling – Substance abuse counseling – A replacement of the Juvenile Probation Officers’(JPO) or Case Managers’ responsibilities – Legal advice – Funding
  4. 4. In Partnership With Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Dominion Ministries, Inc.
  5. 5. Who Will Be Served ? • Court-involved youth and families in Palm Beach County – Youth/families may be referred by: • The Court • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) • Operation Embrace Coordinator • Various levels of involvement in the juvenile justice system are eligible: – Intake – Diversion – Probation/Post-Commitment Probation
  6. 6. Support Services Offered • Mentoring • Pro-social activities • Vocational/Internships opportunities • Family support • Community hubs
  7. 7. Mentoring • Minimum of a one (1) year commitment between youth or family and the adult volunteer • Partner with community mentoring agencies • All volunteers must complete and pass a background screening
  8. 8. Pro-Social Activities • Community activities including but not limited to: – – – – – After school programming Extracurricular activities Sports Tutoring Youth groups • Community recreational facilities/clubs, such as: – Youth Empowerment Centers – Boys & Girls Clubs
  9. 9. Vocational/Internships Opportunities • Local businesses and schools to offer job training, work experience and leadership development
  10. 10. Family Support • Wrap-around support for the entire family: – Someone to talk to – Regular, personal contact – “Lending a hand” • Assisting the family to navigate the “system” and help identify and access community resources
  11. 11. Community Hubs • Utilization of community facilities to host family meetings, group sessions, etc. – Probation Field Offices – Youth Empowerment Centers – Faith and Community Centers/locations
  12. 12. Operation Embrace Coordinator • Who? • Dedicated volunteer with experience in a related field and strong desire to help youth/families in the community • Roles/Responsibilities: – Serve as the liaison between the 15th Judicial Circuit and the Operation Embrace program – Oversee all volunteer activities – Coordinate referrals and assist faith and community partners – Recruit new partners as necessary – Maintain statistical information
  13. 13. Volunteer Qualifications • Desire to work with youth and families in the juvenile justice system • Ability to volunteer time and provide your own expenses • **minimum of one (1) year commitment • Ability to pass a background screening • Participation in an interview and orientation training session • Willingness to provide own expenses
  14. 14. Roles of the Volunteers • Maintain monthly contact with Operation Embrace Coordinator • Maintain notes on youth and family contacts • Provide status reports • Assist families with resource needs as necessary • Participate in training sessions as scheduled • Weekly contact with youth and/or family: • Includes phone and face to face contacts • Minimum of (4) hours per month face to face contact
  15. 15. Referral Form • Begins the referral process for youth/families to become involved with Operation Embrace • Completed by the Juvenile Probation Officer, Court Case Manager or Operation Embrace Coordinator • Email the completed form to the Operation Embrace Coordinator and Juvenile Court Operations Manager: – bonnerjaydeb@juno.com, caltaro@pbcgov.com
  16. 16. Family Needs Meeting • At the initial meeting, Operation Embrace Coordinator will talk with the family to obtain the following types of information: – Demographics – Individual needs of the youth (mental health, substance abuse, peers, school), needs of the family – Additional information • On-going communication between the Operation Embrace Coordinator and JPO/Case Worker is crucial to the youth/family’s success • Release of Information will be completed to maintain confidentiality
  17. 17. Confidentiality & Information Sharing • Release of Information – Form which allows for the sharing of information between only those agencies approved by the youth/family participating in the program – Operation Embrace Coordinator will complete this form with the youth/family at the initial meeting • Mandatory volunteer training will cover matters pertaining to maintaining confidentiality, information sharing and incident reporting
  18. 18. Program Completion • Relationships are everlasting! • Operation Embrace Coordinator will complete (in collaboration with the volunteers) and forward a Program Update Form to the Juvenile Court Operations Manager 90 days after the initial intake • Additional updates will be available upon request from the Operation Embrace Coordinator
  19. 19. Pilot Program • The initial pilot program will target serve 15 youth/families in the initial year in the Palm Beach County area.
  20. 20. Data Collection • Program data will be maintained to identify successes and necessary enhancements to the program • Program files will be maintained at the Operation Embrace Office
  21. 21. Next Steps • Recruitment of volunteers (on-going) • Implement and host orientation sessions – Operation Embrace Coordinator – Juvenile Court Operations Manager • Update community stakeholders – Juvenile Division meeting – Juvenile Justice Board meeting
  22. 22. In Collaboration With • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) • New Beginnings Community Development Center
  23. 23. CONTACT INFORMATION • Operation Embrace Operation Embrace Coordinator Jay Bonner (561) 389-2189 bonnerjaydeb@juno.com •Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court Operations Manager Cristy Altaro (561) 355-6586 caltaro@pbcgov.com
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