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Operation Embrace
Operation Embrace
Operation Embrace
Operation Embrace
Operation Embrace
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Operation Embrace

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Operation Embrace, Dominion Ministries

Operation Embrace, Dominion Ministries

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  • 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. 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. 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. In Partnership With Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Dominion Ministries, Inc.
  • 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. Support Services Offered • Mentoring • Pro-social activities • Vocational/Internships opportunities • Family support • Community hubs
  • 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. 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. Vocational/Internships Opportunities • Local businesses and schools to offer job training, work experience and leadership development
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Pilot Program • The initial pilot program will target serve 15 youth/families in the initial year in the Palm Beach County area.
  • 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. 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. In Collaboration With • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) • New Beginnings Community Development Center
  • 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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