Youth Services administers the Youth Interventionist Program, which was established in 1995. We house three experienced and well - trained masters-level Youth Interventionists at the Township who coordinate services to help young people at risk of involvement with gang activity, violence or substance abuse, working closely and collaboratively with local schools, law enforcement, libraries, parks, and villages year round. Eleven local government boards support the program both financially and with social capital.
- Crisis Intervention – The Interventionists work hard to build trusting relationships with teens that are at risk and are often the first to learn of an impending violent situation, or of a student who is exhibiting dangerous behaviors. The Interventionists also respond to school officials needing assistance with crises related to gangs and school violence, providing outreach and counseling.
- Identification of Pertinent Issues – The Interventionists meet with identified young people and their family members, and bring in professional counselors when needed, to identify issues that have triggered anti-social behavior. These can include a variety of core problems such as alienation from school, drug use within the family, and lack of parental supervision.
- Identification of Appropriate Services – The Interventionists work with the community’s extensive network of social service agencies to identify the most appropriate services to meet the needs of the targeted youth and his or her entire family. They then bring together the resources required to address individual and family needs including parenting skills, conflict resolution, job training and substance abuse counseling. Finally, they continue to track the youth and their families through the community's various support systems, thereby ensuring coordination of services.
A comprehensive annual report on the 2016 Youth Interventionist Program is available here.
For more information about gang prevention services offered in Oak Pak Township, please contact Bert Patania at email@example.com or 708-445-2727.