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PROGRAMS

The court provides an opportunity for accountability and rehabilitation through a variety of programs. Each program is used, reviewed, and revised to meet the current needs of the juveniles we are servicing at the time. The following lists past and present programs implemented through our court:

 

Program 

Public
(Yes/No) 

Description 
Anger Management/Decision Making 101 (formally known as My'Space'd) No  Decision making program for middle and high school students 
Mediation No  Individual/coperp resolve issue through third party intervention 
Prevention and Diversion Counseling Services No Family and child meet with coordinator to resolve household/school issues
Juvenile and Family Firesetters/Arson/Explosive Intervention Program No  Specific course for offenses involving fire component to teach safety and dangers of mishandling fire and/or related objects 
Anger Management Course No  Group class regarding recognizing anger and appropriate manners to deal with issues
Character Education Course No Character building skills
Adolescent Safe Passage No Specific course for juveniles found delinquent of offenses of sexual nature
Seven Challenges Course No Drug and Alcohol education facilitated by Family Intervention Program
Truancy Reduction Program No Reduce truancy recitivism with school age children
Traffic Intervention Program (T.I.P.) Yes Education on traffic laws for juvenile traffic offenders. Occasionally class is open to public for any juvenile under the age of 17

Sheriff Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers
STOPPED Program

Yes Program through Columbia County Sheriff's Office where parents can enroll any youth under the age of 21 into a voluntary watch service to notify parents of any potentially harmful driving habits observed.
Community Work Program No Probation juveniles keep county roads and school stadiums clean throughout the year
Families Interchanging with a Purpose Program No Group class involving juvenile and family members regarding communication and other skills to improve home environment
Taking Flight in the Right Direction No Interactive course between parent and juvenile on developing good communication skills, improving relationships, and making positive life decisions
G.E.N.T.S. Course No Generating Excellence Needed To Succeed - male juveniles only
D.I.V.A.S. Course No Developing Values, Insight, An Assertive Attitude, and Self Worth - female juveniles only
S.A.F.E. Youth Project Yes Program through Columbia County Community Connections located in Harlem, GA. open to any child. Referrals accepted by parents, schools, or court
P.R.I.D.E. Yes Parents Reducing Incidents of Driving Error Class is a state of Georgia program offered to public when scheduled
Strengthening Families Program No Family based prevention intervention 14-week program of two-three hour sessions involving parent skills training groups, children's social skills training groups, and family skills training groups.
Shoplifter's Alternative Program No Specific course for shoplifting offenders
The Determined Youth Program No
Development of an Anti-Bullying Campaign (A.B.C.) No Pilot survey program to determine extent of bullying in local schools
"Transitioning From Elementary to Middle School" Presentation Yes Presentation to rising middle school youth on the consequences of bad behavior as youth get older and are held more accountable for actions
"Cyberbullying" Presentation Yes Presented to 4th and 5th grade students on definition and consequences of bullying through electronic devices
"Bullying is Not a Joke" Presentation Yes Presented to 4th and 5th grade students on what is bullying, how to prevent bullying, and determining if you are the bully
"Choices and Consequences" Presentation Yes Presented to High school and Middle school students on juvenile law and how court system works

 

"Choices and Consequences" Presentation

Judge Flanagan and staff from the Juvenile Court spoke to students at every Columbia County High School. The purpose was to enlighten all students of the process and procedures of juvenile court and Choices and Consequences. Hopefully, through this presentation, students would be empowered to make wise decisions.

 

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"Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School" Presentation

2010 brought a new program to Juvenile Court. The program entitled "Transitioning from Elementary School into Middle School: Choices and Consequences" was presented by Judge Douglas Flanagan and staff from Juvenile Court. They talk to the 5th graders about Choices and Consequences and the responsibilities that they will have in Middle School.