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Youth Prevention & Intervention

South Bay Community Services’ (SBCS) Youth Prevention and Intervention (YPI) provides gender-responsive prevention, diversion and intervention support services for at-risk youth, ages six to 18, and their families. Schools, law enforcement and partnering agencies refer youth to us who may have a multitude of challenges, so it is crucial to provide a strength-based family approach to meet the whole need.

This is a team effort. We also have a strong collaborative partnership with local law enforcement, Juvenile Probation, Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), Chula Vista Elementary School District, South Bay Union School District and various other community agencies throughout the county who refer youth and support.

 We work together to keep youth in schools and support youth and families to become thriving members of society.


Who benefits from these programs? 

Youth exhibiting risk factors – which can include academic, family, mental health or substance abuse issues- prevention services are offered to avoid future offenses or arrests.

First time offenders - we work to divert youth from entering the juvenile justice system and from re-offending.

More serious offenses or are already on probation -  intervention services brings together wrap around support to avoid continued involvement in the juvenile justice system.


Overview of programs:

Community Assessment Team (CAT) 

The CAT Team works to keep kids in school and out of the Juvenile Justice System by providing early intervention to youth and families. The program provides an array of support services for first time youth offenders, run-aways, youth on Probation, and non-offenders and their families as well. In addition, a gender-specific component for adolescent females who are involved in the juvenile justice system and their families is also offered. 

Alternatives To Detention (ATD)

A county-wide program coordinated by SBCS, Alternatives to Detention (ATD) provides a continuum of detention alternatives to low-risk juvenile offenders by providing case advocacy, home confinement, reporting centers, anger management, cool beds, supervision and structured activities, intensive case management and wrap around family services. ATD began as a successful three-year pilot program in south and central regions of San Diego County and was recently awarded a grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections as part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grand Funds (JAG) to expand county-wide. ATD partners include San Diego YOuth Services, SAY San Diego, North County Lifeline and Mental Health Services. 

Breaking Cycles

Provided by the County of San Diego Probation Department, Breaking Cycles is a multi-agency geographically diverse project to prevent escalating juvenile delinquency. Individualized focus is provided. 

Groups and Gender Specific Groups

In addition to individual and family therapy are a wide variety of gender-specific group services facilitated by SBCS specialist.

Girls Groups: cover a variety of material specially catered towards girls, including self-esteem, body image and social media, healthy peer and family relationships, and coping skills. These groups include the Girls Night Out support group at the National City Police Department and Girls Healthy Lifestyles group at SBCS.

Boys Groups: offered weekly and covers topics such as role models and heroes, conflict/resolution, healthy relationships, and gender roles.

Seeking Safety Therapeutic Groups: for youth who have experienced trauma and have issues with substance use, both boys and girl’s groups are offered on an ongoing basis in conjunction with the SBCS’s Transitional Age Youth Academy drop-in center. The drop-in center gives our at-risk youth a place to ‘drop-in’ for counseling, classes or one-on-one with available staff.


For more information contact SBCS at (619) 420-3620.