Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs (DBCYP) is designed to reduce the number of juveniles who become involved in the criminal justice system by empowering them with protective and resiliency factors that encourage respect and responsibility for their self, family, community, educational and personal achievement. Our primary function is to serve as a deterrent to youth who are at risk of not reaching their full potential. We serve youth weekly in public schools, recreational centers, and the 13th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court. We prepare youth for their future. Recognizing the importance of parental commitment to the success of their children, we attempt to link parental and guardian involvement with youth participants. The parent or primary care provider of each youth will be requested to sign an agreement fully committing to the requirements and philosophy of DBCYP.
Enrollment and orientation for new participants are every Monday at 5:00PM.
July 2016 – February 2017 Program Updates:
DBCYP Task Force at the 2016 Bridging the Gap Softball Game
DBCYP Executive Director, a graduate and community leaders
DBCYP Annual Community Softball Game
The Black on Black Crime Prevention Program was designed to draw attention to the problem of crime in the black community and the need for law enforcement and the community to work together. Youth Club Meetings, Law Enforcement Events, Church and Community Activities are held weekly to help reduce crime in the targeted community.
The Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Program helps steer youth away from the criminal justice system through behavior modification training workshops. Programs on Behavior Modification and Social Skills, Parental Support Groups, Tutoring, and Employability Skills Training Meetings are held weekly.
This component strives to reduce the risk factors for youth joining criminal gangs by providing them with appropriate prevention services. Ideal participants are students in the public-school system, juvenile justice system, or youth residing in at-risk neighborhoods or have a history of family violence, drug abuse or incarceration.
Youth participate in Teen Summits weekly on Monday evenings to discuss issues that they deem important. Professionals volunteer monthly to highlight their career of choice and present various career opportunities. Youth also participate in community service activities.
Qualified volunteers provide tutoring in the areas of mathematics, language arts, and science to middle school students at the Wilbur Davis Boys and Girls Club, Dalia Sanchez Center and NFL YET Center. The tutoring component is aimed at increasing the chances of students graduating from high school and entering postsecondary institutions or vocational / technical schools.
Youth who are sixteen (16) years of age or older participate in these monthly workshops. Upon completion of the training, clients over the age of eighteen (18) are referred to employment and training agencies.
Parents and primary care providers participate in monthly workshops. The training curriculum and topics are relevant to the concerns of the attendees. These sessions are conducted in a relaxed, involved atmosphere. Parents who complete quarterly training sessions are awarded certificates and are encouraged to participate in a recognition ceremony.
Monthly meetings and workshops are held to inform the community of issues related to crime prevention, social services, law enforcement, health, and education. Meetings and workshops are open to all interested parties.
Staff and volunteers deliver educational, behavior modification and self-esteem building classes to youth, parents and community residents every week.
These weekly sessions are open to youth between the ages of 10 and 18. Referrals can be made by parents, school and juvenile justice officials as well as community-based organizations. Youth and their parents are provided with education and training from a curriculum that includes:
Youth between the ages of 10 – 18 years old who are interested in building their self-esteem and improving their personal development skills can join the one of the following programs:
1. Social Responsibility and Character Building
The program will consist of educational workshops that address conflict resolution, peer pressure, decision-making, anger and aggression management, crime prevention, drug abuse prevention and refusal skills training consistent with a value – based, social conforming curriculum. There is a separate component for males and females.
2. Rites of Passage Program
The Rites of Passage Mentoring Program is gender specific and offers discussions and workshops to assist youth in transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood.