Treatment To ensure continuity for the youths in their care, Transition Center staff members are trained in treatment approaches consistent with those used at Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility and by the youths’ parole officers. These include the Forward Thinking cognitive approach and the Effective Communication program. Youth Transition Center staff assists students with resume writing and job preparation skills. In addition, numerous treatment options are available in the community. YTC uses private providers for sex offender, chemical dependency and mental health treatment. Education Youths at the Center attend local schools throughout the community, depending on their needs. Staff members assist them with school projects and homework. Life Skills Learning life skills is also an important focus at YTC. Youths take part in all aspects of daily living, including menu planning, food preparation and home maintenance. They learn how to budget and manage their finances. Youth turning 18 are assisted with finding appropriate living arrangements. The Center offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities so youths can experience positive and appropriate ways to have fun without using drugs or alcohol. Restitution Youths at the Center have numerous employment opportunities in the community. Staff members assist youth with writing resumes, interviewing skills, appropriate dress and job search. Youth who owe restitution pay 70 percent of their income towards their restitution. Community service is an important component of the Center’s program. Several projects are in place, such as volunteering for various community events and maintenance of the River’s Edge Trail, to which youths have contributed thousands of hours over the past several years. Program Activities The Youth Transition Center houses up to seven male youths on parole supervision. The program focuses on education, treatment, employment, community service and restitution, life skills and appropriate recreation. Youth are assessed upon arrival and a case plan is drawn up to address the needs of each youth. Case plans are reviewed at three-month intervals. All youths are required to have a constructive day and participate in activities as their schedules allow. The program uses a behavioral points system. Youths earn privileges to participate in weekly recreational outings. They also earn privileges to participate in more extensive “incentive outings.” Youths learn to have fun in ways that don’t harm them or others, and improve their physical fitness. The outings also reinforce positive social behavior. Youth Transition Center staff enhances the program by helping youths improve their school performance and offering positive adult influence. They also offer group sessions using the cognitive approach.