The Bridge Program
The Bridge Program is designed to provide a community-based alternative to higher levels of placement for adjudicated and dependent male and female youths. Working collaboratively with juvenile probation departments, children and youth services, schools, youths, parents, families, and the community, the program focuses on providing support and assuring accountability.
A foundation for success…
While an effective stand-alone service, the Bridge Program becomes weeklong intervention when linked with the Diakon Wilderness Center’s Weekend Alternative Program, enhancing the efficacy of treatment. The program’s focus on accountability, which can include electronic monitoring, is supplemented by in-home or at-school visits, assuring close monitoring of youths’ activities and the opportunity to provide guidance as needed. During weekend participation in WAP, youths are transported to the Diakon Wilderness Center campus near Boiling Springs, Pa. Here, counseling and community service are combined with outdoor- and adventure-based activities, targeting youths’ “behaviors in the community” for specific treatment interventions. Close communication between Bridge and WAP staff members assures that home, school, and individual issues are addressed promptly and consistently for maximum impact.
The Bridge Program offers two components:
The Bridge Program currently serves youths from Adams, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, York and Perry counties of Pennsylvania but inquiries from other counties are welcomed and will be seriously considered.