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S.T.E.P. Center

STRENGTHENING TEENS, EMPOWERING PARENTS

The S.T.E.P. Center provides evidence based curriculum to at-risk, court diverted, and court ordered youth in Randolph County, ages 7 - 17. The curriculums that are provided are; Aggression Replacement Training, Botvin Life Skills, Botvin Transitions, Strengthening Families, Steps To Success, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention. All programs are broken down to teach classes with youth of similar age. Transportation is provided to and from the program at no cost to the families. All programs run on rotation, so there will be minimum wait time before a participant can get started in the program.

Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a research-based, proven effective approach for working with youth who experience anger control issues, impulsive behavior, poor social skills, and those who lack emotional awareness. ART features 3 coordinated and integrated components: Social Skills Training, Anger Control, and Moral Reasoning. Appropriate referrals are both male and female students ages 12-17. Classes are an hour long and held three times a week for 10 weeks. Referrals are accepted from DJJ, DSS, School Administration, SRO’s and parents with priority given to DJJ clients. 

Botvin Life Skills has elementary, middle and high school level life skill classes. Botvin Life Skills are proven to reduce the risk of substance abuse, and violence by targeting factors that reduce the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors in youths ages 7-17.   The classes focus on personal management skills, general social skills, and drug resistance skills. Referrals are accepted from DJJ, DSS, School Administration, SRO’s, and Parents with priority given to DJJ clients.

Botvin Transitions: The Botvin Transitions is a highly interactive, social skill building program that provides evidence based curriculum. Promotes positive health, personal development, guides students to achieve competency in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use and violence in youth ages 14-17. Technical Skills training will also be offered through NC Careers along with job readiness to include resume building and interviewing skills.  

Strengthening Families: Strengthening Families is an internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and regular families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills. Serves youth ages 10-14.

Substance Abuse Assessments and Classes:  Each youth who has been identified as having a substance abuse risk at intake will have a substance abuse assessment completed on them with approval from the referral source. After an assessment has been completed and level of care has been determined, staff will offer one on one, or group educational sessions that includes an evidenced based curriculum where the goal is prevention, and to provide early intervention to teens. The target population will be middle school and high school students ages 13-17.

Steps To Success Program is a program for court involved or diverted youth who may benefit from academic enhancement in school. It is also available to youth who need assistance prepping for GED. The target population are youth ages 9-17. The goal of the program is to improve academic performance in you who are at risk or court involved to reduce involvement with the juvenile justice system. The program will last 20 weeks at 2 hours a week. If additional time is needed it may be extended.