Note: In an effort to highlight the prevention programs that are available in Mifflin County, Mifflin County Communities That Care (CTC) is offering a new series that will focus on one service provider each month. CTC offers this information with the purpose of strengthening our families and community.

Project YES (Youth Excellence Services) is a Delinquency Prevention Program in Mifflin County, PA, offered through the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 Community Education Services. This is a voluntary program that targets 85 students in elementary and middle school who are at risk for delinquent behaviors. Identified risk factors include academic problems or failure; lack of commitment to school as evidenced by high absenteeism, truancy, tardiness; and/or behavioral problems at school or home. Project YES offers a wide variety of activities. The program works individually with the student as well as with the entire family.

ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

 

 

Case Management

Home Visits/Parental Contact

Home visits/telephone contacts with the parent and student occur on a regular basis. Project YES staff work with the parent/student to develop a plan to help the student work on specific problem areas. The case manager also links the family to other services in the community.   Parental input and participation is expected.

 

 

 

 

School Performance Reports

Project YES Staff monitor the student’s academic progress. For elementary students, the teachers complete school performance reports every week. For middle school students, the case manager monitors academic progress through the Family and Student Access web based system. These reports are reviewed with the student and parent at each home visit and/or phone contact. The case manager helps identify ways to improve areas of concern. Often, tasks are given at after school programming as “practice work” that focuses on areas of need. Also, our incentive program can be adapted to address specific issues at school. These reports are beneficial in order to communicate school progress.

 

Elementary Second Step After School Program

3:00pm – 4:15pm

Tuesdays at Buchanan Elementary School

Wednesdays at Lewistown Elementary School

Project YES staff provide support for homework completion, snack,

and a Second Step lesson. Second Step is a researched based violence prevention curriculum designed to improve social skills and reduce violence among young people.

 

(NON PROJECT YES STUDENTS ARE ALSO INVITED TO PARTICIPATE)

 

 

Middle School Second Step After School Program

3:15 – 5:00pm

Mondays at the Lewistown Middle School

Project YES Staff provide support for homework completion, snack, and a Second Step lesson. Second Step is a researched based violence prevention curriculum designed to improve social skills and reduce violence among young people.

(NON PROJECT YES STUDENTS ARE ALSO INVITED TO PARTICIPATE)

 

 

 

Elementary School Lunch Program

Project YES staff meet with the elementary student during school lunch once a cycle at each elementary school. During these meetings, staff discuss schoolwork, behavior at school, etc. and do a variety of activities.

 

 

Classrooms, Inc

This is a Career Awareness Activity that uses computer simulations to expose students to a variety of career opportunities, while at the same time implementing the use of technology, as well as reading and math skills.  This activity is offered once a week for 4 weeks during the school year.

 

Planned Family Activities

 

These activities are planned at various times throughout the year and are an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a structured activity together.

 

Parent Workshops:

PARENTING WISELY

PREPARING FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS

PARENTS WHO CARE

SECOND STEP FAMILY GUIDE

 

These researched based programs are offered at various times throughout the year. They are designed to help parents learn ways to support their child and provide help in order to ensure success at home and school. The student will attend learning activities while parents are in the workshops. Some programs are offered as a group at the Careerlink and some are offered individually through home visits.

 

 

Incentive Program

The student will accumulate points based on their school performance and participation in YES activities. Students earn gift certificates based on the total number of points. There are guidelines for specific point values and restrictions.

 

 

 

 

Intensive Summer Program

Upon completion of the school year, Project YES offers an intensive summer program in order to provide fun, educational opportunities throughout the summer months.   Project Yes Summer Camp is offered to elementary students four days a week for a period of four weeks and to middle school students four days a week for a period of four weeks. Each week focuses on a different theme. Each day of camp is divided into 3 sessions including a hands-on activity, a literacy based activity, and a social-emotional skills activity

The expected outcomes of the program are to improve academic performance, improve school attendance, and reduce behavior problems. Referrals are accepted from any school personnel, community agency/organization or concerned community member. A thorough assessment which includes information from the parent, school, and other involved agencies is completed on each referral. This information is then reviewed with a Direct Service Team to determine appropriateness for enrollment. Length of service varies based on the individual’s need.

 

REFERRALS CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTING KARIN KNODE AT 717-248-4942 EXT 157