How It Works

The foundation for successfully redirecting detained youth and reducing recidivism is human connection for the kids in custody – connection that begins during detention and continues after release.  Social emotional learning (SEL) is the forum for making this crucial connection with youth while they are in detention.  Through SEL class participation, students gain needed skills and experience real connection. With this experience, youth are more likely to reach out for needed support and work with the plan assigned by the court once released.  Successful execution of the court’s assigned plan is key to ending the cycle of recidivism, avoiding adult incarceration, and beginning a new life.

The Next Steps Liaison Project Requires a 3 Part Collaboration of:

Juvenile Hall and The Probation Department  These important institutions grant permission to Next Steps Liaison Project to provide both emotional literacy classes using the Power Source program (a proven, evidence-based SEL program for high-risk youth), and one-on-one mentoring services for detained/court involved youth.

Next Steps Liaison The Next Steps Liaison Project connects with youth in detention through its on-site classes. When students are released back to the community, they may request a Next Steps Liaison to assist with their transition by providing a bridge to local resources. The "Youth Liaison" supports successful execution of probation, aligning opportunities with an individual's interests and providing assistance with the application process for jobs, internships, or extracurricular activities.

Bay Area Partner Organizations provide internships and job opportunities for youth, which correspond with each youth’s probation requirements.