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ARISE Introduces New Program to Keep Washington D.C.ís Incarcerated Youth from Returning to Confined Settings

ARISE Choices for Change provides the Districtís at-risk youth with practical tools they need to avoid repeating their mistakes and becoming another prison statistic.

North Palm Beach, FL, December 09, 2009 --( What happens to incarcerated youth when they are released? After living a tightly-regimented, locked-down life, what choices will they make when freedom is once again laid at their feet? ARISE is focused on teaching these troubled youth to make the right choices. It is up to each of these young people to lead productive, law-abiding lives. ARISE provides the resources to do just that through its new ARISE CHOICES for Change program in Washington, D.C.

Reducing recidivism of youth returning to the District of Columbia after residential placement and incarceration is the goal of this new program. ARISE CHOICES for Change will provide intensive training to approximately 60 youth and 43 staff at group homes under the jurisdiction of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in the District of Columbia. The training is intended to show these former inmates how to decrease negative behavior, listen reflectively, express themselves positively and make more pro-social choices.

Staff will receive ARISE CHOICES for Change training which will help them form supportive relationships with the youth and engage and influence them in positive ways. The training will assist the staff in developing a discharge and re-entry plan with the youth. High-risk teens require staff that can relate and empathize with them, as well as guide them through the changes necessary to avoid ending up in trouble with the law. ARISE CHOICES for Change provides the perspective and skills to facilitate effective goal-setting and pro-social change processes.

Youth will receive ARISE CHOICES for Change and ARISE life-skills group sessions, so when they leave the facility, they have a self-created reentry plan and the tools to make choices that will keep them from being locked up again.

The program will run from October 2009-September 30, 2010.

For almost 25 years, ARISE, a nonprofit foundation, has functioned as a developer and publisher of unique life-management skills curricula and staff training programs. Created to reach at-risk, incarcerated youth in detention centers and secure facilities as well as other troubled youth. ARISE is also utilized as a powerful prevention tool for at-risk teenagers and young adults and the people who care for them. ARISE programs consist of interactive group discussions and activities designed to break the ice quickly and capture the attention of even the most introverted participants. ARISE gives structure to well-meaning but disorganized programs, moving away from lectures and into dynamic group conversations where the youth are involved and talking about their own experiences.

ARISE attributes its success to its three innovative staff training programs. The ARISE Life Skills Facilitator training teaches staff how to conduct ARISE interactive group discussions and activities with the troubled youth in their care. The ARISE Master Training workshop certifies participants to train others as ARISE Life Skills Group Facilitators at their respective facilities. The ARISE Drop It at the Door five-day training course shows juvenile justice staff how to drop work-related stress and anger at the door when they get home and vice versa.

ARISE programs were utilized for decades in the Miami-Dade School system. ARISE has forged a strong partnership with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). ARISE programs have been changing the lives of juvenile offenders in the Florida juvenile justice system since 1996. Its dynamic programs are being taught in over 80 DJJ residential facilities and 22 detention centers across the state, as well as alternative schools and organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

A recent study by Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland showed that the cost of one offender with at least six police contacts from childhood to age 32 is $3,172,998. In other words, rescuing one child from a life of crime saves taxpayers more than three million dollars.

Since ARISE was established over two decades ago, it has trained and certified 5,760 ARISE Life Skills Group Facilitators who have taught over 4,055,708 documented hours of ARISE life-skills lessons in almost all 50 states.

For more information, please call Edmund Benson at ARISE toll free: 1 (888) 680-6100 or visit ARISE has been used successfully in Canada, Jamaica, England, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Botswana and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Requests for translation have also come in from as far away as Pakistan, South Africa, Cambodia, Singapore and China.

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ARISE Foundation
Amy Doucette
(561) 630-2021

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