Girls are the fastest growing population in America’s juvenile justice system. Over 80% of system-involved girls are victims of domestic abuse. Most are also “low-risk” and “high-need.” This means that mentoring and support are particularly effective at keeping these girls out of jail, off of drugs, and in school.
Girls Inc. has been providing gender specific programming for females with Ventura County Probation since 1999. Services are provided in both detention and commitment units at the Juvenile Justice Complex in Oxnard, California. All programming provided is research-based with proven outcomes, and is both compensatory and comprehensive. The programs encourage girls ages 12-18 to take positive risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education (STEM), pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, self-esteem building, job skills 101 and college-bound education.
We also provide technology education that encompasses basic computer skills, and the impacts of media on women and youth in general. Specialized programming is provided quarterly on various topics including: breast cancer awareness, self-harm, eating disorders, public policy and community, women of history, and the like.
Girls Inc. provides co-facilitation with Ventura County probation officers, corrections and community-based organizations in programs like Aggressive Replacement Training and trauma groups, to name but a few. The core programs provided at the Juvenile Justice Facility have evaluative measures in pre/post testing, evaluation and observation of young women/men who partake in programs, antidotal data, and feedback from various community-based programs, correctional staff, and probation officers.