Chester County PREP


Diakon Youth Services’ Parenting Relationships and Employability Program is designed to provide training, education and support focused on social skills and community connections for pre- and postadjudicated delinquent and dependent males and females 15 to 19 years of age. Operated in the evening, the program works collaboratively with juvenile probation departments; children, youth and family services; schools, youths, parents, extended families, and the community. Diverse staff and programming emphasize physical, psychological and emotional safety for everyone and helps those who have been victims rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Developing Success

This program engages students and parents in a variety of ways within a highly structured competency-based evening program. Through mentoring, role-modeling and support, program staff members build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills focused on successful completion of competency in such areas as community connections, workforce development and family relationships.

  • Aggression Replacement Training
  • Academic enrichment
  • PACTT portfolio development and programming
  • Career and technical certifications
  • Family engagement
  • Towards No Drug Abuse
  • Workforce Development
  • CareerScope assessment
  • Community service

What is PREP?

The Parenting Relationships and Employability Program incorporates a range of approaches, activities and support to help participants develop appropriate community connections and build the skills necessary for long-term success:

  • Aggression Replacement Training inclusive of social skills training, anger control and moral reasoning
  • Extensive workforce development activities and support:
    • CareerScope assessment to measure work interest and aptitude, providing fully detailed reports
    • ServSafe certification for safe handling of food and beverages
    • Pennsylvania Academic & Career/Technical Training-supported programming, providing  guidance and  uniformity for work-related training; the training incorporates 27   employability competencies, organized under five domains checked  off as students successfully  fulfill requirements.
    • CareerSafe online safety awareness training
  • Academic enrichment programming including small class size, study-skills support, truancy-prevention education and support
  • Community service projects that promote the value of volunteerism and civic engagement; hours are earned through volunteering to work for nonprofit organizations
  • Recreational activities such as indoor programming and team-oriented sports; includes periodic use of motivational and team-building programs at the Diakon Wilderness Center (high ropes courses, rock walls, Alpine tower)
  • Family strengths-based development and engagement


TThe Diakon Parenting Relationships and Employability Program serves male and female youths from 15 to 19 years of age. The program is based at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 107 S 17th Avenue. Coatesville. To make a referral to Diakon Youth Services’

Ron Davis
Mobile: (610) 291-7731