At Risk Youth Programs Provide Needed Interventions
It is a known fact that there are children with more of alikelihood to fail than others, both academically and at life in general. This has initiated government and private organizations to fund at risk youth programs to attempt and prevent or at least intervene to help increase theirchances. They work with academic intervention, as well asproviding after school activities so they will be supervised when there is no adult in charge.
Infants as young as a few weeks old may be identified and qualify for intervention. This is usually provided to thoseinfants with severe physical and cognitive disabilities whocan be easily identified at an early age. It is more intended to help the parent learn how to stimulate their baby. It may also include physical therapy, helping the parent understand how to carry out the therapy on a daily basis.
Age three is the earliest that a child is actually given in- school intervention. There are very specific criteria forqualifying for the free preschool program offered by most schools. It is designed of those children of preschool age who have significant cognitive and/or physical deficits. Sometimes the intervention is so helpful that the childenters the general education program at kindergarten or first grade. Sometimes, however, special services will be require for a much longer time, maybe throughout their school years. This early intervention will help them achieve to their ability level.
Additional activities are often provided by community agencies and parent support groups. These activities are geared toward providing social interactions and parental support. The often have special sports leagues for those with disabilities. They also offer holiday events that arevery similar to those that non-handicapped children enjoy. They are able to enjoy Easter egg hunts, Christmascelebrations and such with others with capabilities similar to theirs.
Upon reaching school age, children are offered more academically focused interventions. They might receive free tutoring. Sometimes, a special aide goes into the classroom and offers them extra help. They may even pulled out briefly to provide more personalizedintervention. These services are usually funded by grants for that purpose.
After school interventions are also offered at this age level. The activities are usually provided by community organizations who have won grants for funding. They provide such things as after school care, tutors, andhomework helpers. Field trips are offered to give the child access to community activities.
Organized sports and special interest clubs are some of the after school activities provided to the older student. They continue to receive tutoring and help with homework.Field trips are provided to expose them to opportunities in the community. Life skills are learned through the provided organized team sports.
At risk youth programs attempt to provide equal opportunities to all children, regardless of ability andopportunity. Schools, governments, private agencies, and community volunteers all are essential in the attempt toprovide these opportunities. Socioeconomic status often makes it difficult to provide necessary opportunities toprevent the poverty cycle from continuing. These specialinterventions can provide these necessary opportunities, at least in part.