Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs
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 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 referred to us from schools, recreational centers, and the 13th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court. Also, youth volunteer with us for other incentives, and earn community service hours needed for college. We prepare youth for the future!
Recognizing the importance of parental commitment to the success of their children, we attempt to link parental/guardian involvement with youth participants. The parent/primary care provider of each youth are asked to sign an agreement fully committing to the requirements and philosophy of DBCYP.
Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Program
The Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Program helps steer youth away from the criminal justice system through behavior modification training workshops. Behavior Modification/Social Skills, Parental Support Groups, Tutoring, and Employability Skills Training Meetings are held weekly.
We offer education and training in the areas of:
Gang Prevention Education/Bullying
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 workshops that are important to their development and self sufficiency. Professionals volunteer monthly to highlight their career of choice and present various career opportunities. Youth also participate in community service activities.
Behavior Modification Sessions
These sessions are open to youth between the ages of 10 and 18. Referrals can be made by parents, schools, 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:
- Anger Management
- Self-esteem Building
- Conflict Resolution
- Crime Prevention
- Resisting Negative Peer Pressure
Qualified volunteers provide tutoring in the areas of mathematics, language arts, and science to middle school students at selected sites. The tutoring component is aimed at increasing the chances of students graduating from high school and entering postsecondary institutions or vocational/technical/career centers.
Employability Skills Training
Youth who are fourteen (14) years of age or older participate in these monthly workshops. Additional supportive services are offered to parents in need.
Community Bridge Building
Monthly meetings / workshops are held to inform the community of issues related to crime prevention, social services, law enforcement, health, and education. Meetings / workshops are open to all interested parties.
Gender Specific Programs
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 following program:
- 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.
- Female Rites of Passage Program
Gender specific discussions and workshops are offered to girls in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.
July 2020 – June 2021 Accomplishments:
- Conducted over 250 Zoom classes during the pandemic assisting youth in making better decisions, developing positive self-esteem, resist negative peer pressure and gang involvement, and to take responsibility for their educational and career goals.
- Served over 3,000 youth on Zoom during the pandemic. DBCYP was the first online platform for youth to earn community service hours during the pandemic.
- Conducted over 700 Impact Surveys on youth and family during the pandemic.
- Distributed over 200 book bags and school supplies to the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation sites.
- Partnered with Tampa Bay Superbowl Forever 55 committee and hosted 5 Community & Police Relationship (CPR) workshops on Zoom averaging over 100 participants per session.
July 2021 – June 2022 Goals:
- Conduct weekly educational and behavior modification training sessions for youth and families.
- Conduct Monthly Community & Police Relationship (CPR) workshops.
- Co-sponsor the Back 2 School Bash at the Jackson Heights NFL YET Center and donate over 700 book bags and other school supplies on August 7, 2021.
- Partner with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Tampa Fire Department and First Responders for the Annual “Bridging The Gap” community event and festival in Sulphur Springs, December 11, 2021.
- Co-sponsor the National Conference on Preventing Crime in Orlando, August 25-27, 2021
Adults who are interested in volunteering and have experience in the areas of youth development and prevention, education, crime prevention, neighborhood coalition building, and counseling are encouraged to complete a volunteer application.
All Services offered by DBCYP are free of charge. Anyone in need of community service hours should call for availability.
For more information, please call us at (813) 241-1415.
Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs
3402 North 22nd Street, Suite 223
Tampa, FL 33605
DBCYP is funded by the Florida Legislature through the Office of the Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.