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Community Based Programs

The Intensive Case Management Program serves youth referred from the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court who have been identified as CHINS (Child In Need of Supervision) for school truancy. The goal of this program is to restore the youth’s attendance to normal levels and to prevent the youth from developing habits of delinquency, and is done so with collaboration from youth, their families, the school system, and any agencies involved. The case workers with the program may link youth and/or their families to services such as mental health, employment, medical health, recreational programs, tutoring, mentoring, substance abuse treatment, and any other services deemed appropriate. This program is considered "intensive" due to the frequent contacts made between the worker, youth and family, and the close level of supervision provided.

The Community Service Program links juvenile offenders with opportunities to perform meaningful community service at government or non-profit agencies throughout Alexandria City. After receiving a court order to complete community service, youth meet with a Community Service Officer, who helps locate appropriate work sites and monitors performance. Through collaboration with local works sites, the Community Service Program provides juvenile offenders with the opportunity to make amends for committed offenses and gain meaningful work experience.

Shoplifter's Alternative Program ...33 percent of juveniles say it is hard for them to stop shoplifting even after getting caught. The Shoplifter’s Alternative program reaches juveniles arrested for the first-time on shoplifting charges. Participants complete a 6-hour offense-specific home study kit, which includes compact discs and a workbook. They also attend an interactive seminar sponsored by the Target Store at Potomac Yard. The class is taught in cooperation with Target's Asset Protection Team members and includes speakers, a tour of Target's security system and a life-like video, "Got Caught: Now What?"

Space of Her Own (SOHO) is an art-based mentoring program for girls in the 5th or 6th grade. There are currently two programs in the Alexandria area - Old Town and West End. The girls are matched with adult female mentors who work with them on life skills and team-building activities while receiving art and design instruction. Together they create works of art for each girls' bedroom. Upon completion of the program the girls' rooms are remodeled featuring many of the projects that the girls have worked on during the program. For more information, please visit