FACILITY-BASED PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
These programs are designed to empower the youth to be leaders, give them the skill set to make wise choices, and education that will forever change the trajectory of their lives.
The JTDC Foundation works closely with the JTDC to provide an array of positive services and activities that focus on risk factors that can be changed while youth are in detention such as: anger control, behavioral and pro-social skills, moral reasoning and empathy. We also partner with JTDC to provide several ongoing activities that includes:
The Karma Garden – a supportive partnership with JTDC’s Director of Volunteer Services and Horticulture Educator, promotes behavior, social skills and friendships with youth residents.
Black History and Latino History Months – promotes a sense of self-identity, self-worth, as well as helps develop youth’s high self-esteem and self- confidence.
OUR COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAM
The JTDC Foundation’s community-based program called “The Court Involved Youth Project” is designed to help youth return and remain in their homes and communities by providing them with solid opportunities to increase their educational attainment, labor force participation and leadership abilities.
CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS
“The Stories We Tell”
The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services (OCJ), Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) and The Voices and Faces Project (TVFP) partnered to provide “The Stories We Tell” to court involved females between the ages of 15-17 who are survivors of or have witnessed gender-related violence. “The Stories We Tell” created for this population is a two- day testimonial writing workshop, followed by three structured follow-up meetings, and the publications of a magazine and webzine. In this testimonial writing workshop survivors wrote about the injustices they have lived or witnessed.
The goal in doing this workshop is to build a community by breaking down the isolation that gender-related violence can cause. Participants also develop testimonial writing skills that can be transferred into their professional development.
Why we are needed.
The JTDC Foundation is essential to an improved quality of life for residents of the JTDC. Historically juvenile detention has operated...
What we achieve.
Daily, on average, more than 250 of the JTDC court-involved young males and females are benefitting from JTDCF supported programs/services.
P.O. Box 6058
Chicago, Illinois 60680