Since the 1990’s Johnson County has invested in programs and services that:
- promote positive youth development
- are effective in preventing juvenile crime and delinquency
Effective positive youth development programming enhances the lives of children and families and reduces spending on costly juvenile justice placements.
Youth Development is the ongoing growth process in which all youth strive to:
- Meet the basic, personal and social needs to feel cared for and to be safe, valued, useful and spiritually grounded
- Build character, skills, and competencies that permit functioning and contribution in daily life
Youth Development builds on the strengths and assets of young people rather than concentrating solely on prevention or treatment of problems.
Multiple strategies to reduce risky behaviors:
- Support and strengthen family functioning
- Increase connections between students and their schools
- Make communities safe and supportive for children and youth
- Promote involvement in high quality out-of-school time programs
- Promote the development of sustained relationships with caring adults
- Provide children and youth opportunities to build social and emotional competence
- Provide children and youth with high quality education during early and middle school
FY 2024 County Funded JJYD Programs
Total Funding: $400,000 (JJYD funding $297,000: County ARPA funding $103,000)
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Mentoring Program
Program Description: One to one community-based mentoring and after school programming.
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Sports Buddies Program
Program Description: Wrap around supports targeting physical health as well as social-emotional learning outcomes.
Funding: $45,000 (County ARPA Dollars
Dream City- After School and Summer Program
Program Description: Program supports positive social, emotional, academic, and community supports. Available for youth school age grades 5th- 11th. Programming offered after-school and during the summer.
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - After-School Enrichment Program
Program Description: Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) after-school enrichment programming available for youth school grades 4th-6th attending elementary school. In addition to summer enrichment programming.
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - Elements Program
Program Description: Conduct community outreach activities to connect and develop relationships with individual youth ages 6-16.
Funding: $48,000 (County ARPA dollars)
Rape Victim Advocacy Program - Sexual Violence Prevention
Program Description: Provide educational support for comprehensive sexual violence prevention education for students in 6th and 8th. .
United Action for Youth – Youth & Family Advocacy Program
Program Description: Crisis intervention and mediation services for youth and their families. Provide parenting support and education, case management services, referral for youth in crisis, and family, peer and school mediation services.
United Action for Youth - Positive Youth Development Program
Program Description: Weekly after-school art workshops at three Iowa City Community School District junior high/middle schools and three Iowa City Community School District elementary schools. Hang-out sessions and weekly groups provide at UAY Youth Center.
Funding: $55,000 (County ARPA dollars)