Community activities through sports
Juvenile diversion program
Juvenile Diversion is a community-based corrections program committed to the philosophy of Restorative Justice, which balances the needs of the victim, community,
Benefits to youth and community; Youth are given the chance to maintain a clean record, while still being held accountable for their crime. The program saves the cost and time of judges, prosecutors, probation officers and clerical staff, thus allowing juvenile court more time to address more serious matters requiring court intervention.
Police Departments who had previously handled their own diversion programs will have extra time to focus efforts in other areas.
The youth give back to the community by doing community service work and thus learn to appreciate their local community and the efforts of others in their community. A community's commitment to helping young juvenile offenders early ensures a youth's commitment to their community and encourages law abiding citizens in the future.
Youth also gain positive experiences with local police departments and community leaders while going through the diversion classes.
The youth are less likely to re-offend after completing the class, thus giving local police more time to deal with higher level offenders and repeat offenders
School suspension program
In an effort to reduce school suspensions and juvenile crimes, the Auburn Police Department applied for and received a City of Auburn Community Development Block Grant to implement a Suspension Diversion Program for students who have been suspended from school. In partnership with the Auburn Police and Auburn School Departments, Community Youth services will provide the opportunity for students from Edward Little High School, Auburn Middle School and Franklin/Merrill Hill Alternative School who are suspended from school to attend the Suspension Diversion Program at the PAL Center located at 24 Chestnut Street
Philosophy of the Suspension Diversion Program:
While traditional suspension takes students away from the academic setting and creates opportunities for the loss of academic progress and isolation, the intent of the Suspension Diversion Program (SDP) is to provide an environment to encourage students to maintain academic progress, develop a change in behavior action plan, and conduct community service as a consequence to their behavior.
Benefits of the Suspension Diversion Program:
School/Community – Lessens the impact of suspended students relating to their academic performance and reduces the changes of the student becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
Career pathway Initiative for Youth
This Initiative will provide Employment – related services to In school youth (ISY) and Out of school Youth (OSY) Maine youth (16 years to 24years)