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We welcome all volunteers to J.C.D. and We’re especially pleased that you have chosen to give your time,

talent, and energy to assist todays youth have a better life tomorrow.

Being a volunteer at J.C.D. involves incorporating your skills and talents into a challenging environment, however the encouragement you share – shapes, develops, influences and opens new avenues for cognitive growth.Reassuring a more productive and successful outcome.

We seek support from parents, business professionals,  students, government officials, unions, and retirees. We appreciate and welcome anyone to donate, mentor, volunteer and/or participate.

Join Us!
The Need Is Great!

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– IEP –

Effective advocacy starts with educating yourself. Make sure you understand your child’s disability and learning style. Become knowledgeable about your child’s school program, and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the law. As a key member of your child’s Team, your goal is to work collaboratively with teacher and other professionals.

– Life Skills –

The Educational Life Council  at J.C.D. offers each youth and family the opportunity to find whatever they need, or at least get them pointed in the right direction. We believe youth/families should have access/exposure to the resources ready, and available all around them.

– Community Referrals –

At J.C.D. we don’t “compete” by duplicating services offered by neighboring programs. We’d rather refer youth and families to other community based programs offering services we don’t provide. In return, We embellish the greatness of our city, and the works of other organizations while creating a “win-win” for all involved.

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– Outreach and Diversion –

People often need short term outreach intervention as an alternative to placement/incarceration. Our Drawn 2 Success program gives clients access to professional advise assistance to help them make better choices. It also serves as a resource to local law enforcement agencies to care for youth and adults as an alternative to incarceration when less restrictive environments are recommended.

– Therapeutic Home/ School –

Our Drawn 2 Success Therapeutic Behavior Specialists are trained to provide a positive behavioral support system by way of Intake, Assessment, Life Skills, Anger Management & Conflict Resolution trainings, unannounced visits in conjunction with parent(s), guardian, teacher, program therapist support team and Parole/Probation Officers collaboratively. Adult Residential Referral Services are also offered as alternative sentencing orders.

– Gang Exit Intervention, Alcohol & Drug Prevention, Safe Sex –

J.C.D. works with schools and other community partners to provide children youth and adults with the skills and knowledge to make positive choices that support healthy lifestyles. Including Gang Exit Strategies & The benefits of selective association and the benefits of sobriety.

– Intensive Services –

This program provides quality referral educational services to students who have a disability and exhibit severe social, communication and behavioral deficits. We also offer intensive Behavior Modification case management services for those in need of Conflict Resolution and Anger Management training.

– At Risk Youth Council –

This service assists youth in the Special Education and Foster Care to achieve the skills necessary to lead a successful, independent life.

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J.C.D. staff begins with an assessment to determine your current strengths, (not weaknesses) and how you might benefit from our available services. You will work with a coach to create an employment plan that best suits your skills/ needs. When necessary, coaches may refer clients to other neighboring agencies for resources. Our Training Topics Include:

Essentials For Living & Working, Powernomics, FICO Analysis
Resume & App. Completion / Mock Interviews
Public Speaking & Dressing For Success
Entrepreneurship & Self Enterprise & Taxation
Fiber Optics/ Telecommunication Certification (Coming Soon!)
Solar Panel Installation (Coming Soon!)
Security Guard Training

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What is Childhood Obesity?

Childhood obesity affects more than 30 percent of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood.
Today, more and more children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other morbid conditions associated with obesity and morbid obesity.
A child defined  as “overweight” if their body mass index-for-age (or BMI-for-age) percentile is greater than 95 perfect.

Causes of Childhood Obesity

Although the causes of childhood obesity are widespread, certain factors are targeted as major contributors to the epidemic. Causes associated with childhood obesity include:

                                                                                                           Environment

Today’s environment plays a major role in shaping the habits and perceptions of children and adolescents. The prevalence of television commercials promoting unhealthy foods and bad eating habits are large contributors. In addition, children are surrounded by environmental influences that demote the importance of physical activity.

Lack of Physical Activity

Children in today’s society show a decrease in overall physical activity. The growing use of computers, gaming consoles, increased time watching television and decreased physical

education in schools all contribute to children and adolescents living a more sedentary lifestyle. In the past, physical education was required on a daily basis. Currently, only 8 percent of elementary schools and less than 7 percent of middle schools /high schools have daily physical education requirements in the U.S.

Hereditary and Family

Science shows that genetics play a role in obesity. it has been proven that children with obese parents are more likely to be obese. Estimates say that heredity contributes between 5 to 25 percent of the risk for obesity.

Dietary Patterns

Over the past few decades, dietary patterns have changed significantly. The average amount of calories consumed per day has dramatically increased, yet the quality of nutrients needed for a healthy diet has decreased.
Socioeconomic Status
Children and adolescents that come from lower-income homes are at greater risk of being obese. Lower income children cannot always afford to partake in extracurricular activities, resulting in a decrease in physical activity. Educational levels also contribute to the socioeconomic issue associated with obesity. Parents with little to no education have not been exposed to information about proper nutrition and healthy food choices

– With these causes in mind –

We’re delighted to present “Get Fit” afterschool workouts (Coming Soon)

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Books That Changed The World

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Books That Changed The World

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