Community-Based Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
Youth Services Network partnered with Region 1 Planning, the Rockford Police Department, and the Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation to develop a program for trauma-impacted boys, ages 11-16, who are marginally involved in the Juvenile Justice System, or who are at risk of becoming involved. The boys all have family, school, and community issues. Each youth receives a mental health and trauma assessment, which aids in developing a treatment plan. The YSN Parent Engagement Specialist leads a Wraparound staffing with the youth and parent to finalize a treatment plan. Each youth receives individual counseling, family counseling, if needed, case management, tutoring, school advocacy, group counseling, and life skill training by YSN staff. The District 2 Rockford Police provide leadership skills, mentoring, and recreation. The Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation provides computer literacy, computer programming, music education, and music recording. The goal of the program is to deter boys from becoming heavily involved in the Juvenile Justice System..
Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services (CCBYS)
CCBYS provides 24-hour crisis intervention services to youth who have runaway from home, who have been locked out of their homes by their parents, or who are out of the control of their parents. The goal of the CCBYS program is to maintain youth safely in their homes or in the homes of adults selected by their parents/guardians. Counseling, case management, school advocacy, and other necessary services are provided. DCFS is contacted if abuse or neglect is suspected.
Project Safe Place
YSN is proud of its partnership with the City of Rockford Fire Department and the City of Belvidere Fire Department in the implementation of Project Safe Place. The fire departments act as “safe places for runaways and victims of domestic violence.” YSN is contacted for services 24-hours per day for the youth who ask for assistance at the fire stations.
Redeploy (Boys and Girls)
Redeploy for Boys and Girls is designed for youth who have committed a minimum of one felony and are at risk of going to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Youth with sexual offenses or Class X felonies are not eligible for Redeploy. Youth are referred by Winnebago County Juvenile Probation and court-ordered by the juvenile court judge. Each youth receives a Mental Health Assessment, a Trauma Assessment, and a Substance Abuse Assessment. A Wraparound staffing is held to develop a treatment plan. Each youth receives individual and group counseling, tutoring, recreation, life skill training, job skill training, educational advocacy, and other services deemed necessary by the youth, parent, and staff. The youth remain in the program for 12-18 months depending upon their success. The goal is for the youth to not commit any additional crimes that will force their containment in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.