Twin Oaks Juvenile Development Inc. has been providing quality services to Florida’s youth and their families since 1998. Although it has been just four years, the owners have put together a corporate leadership team of experts with a combined experience of over 150 years working with troubled youth. The members of this unique leadership team have proven to be some of the most successful leaders in the following Juvenile Justice areas: Day Treatment Programming, Low, Moderate and High Risk Residential Programming for male and female offenders, Independent Living (which received a national award in 2002), Aftercare Services, Forensics, Vocational Certifications for youth, Competency Restoration, Multi-Systemic Therapy, and Case Management. The Twin Oaks leadership team works, meets and plans together to provide the highest quality of service possible to those we serve. In a world filled with mediocrity, we strive for excellence on a daily basis. Currently we operate four separate and very unique programs for youth and their families.
 

           

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Twin Oaks Juvenile Development Inc. is a 501-(C3), not for profit organization that was incorporated for the sole purpose of providing a continuum of value-based services for families.

 

 

 

 

Our first program, Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp opened in September 1998. Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp is a moderate risk residential commitment program. In partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice, we provide a continuum of habilitative services, in a wilderness setting to 40 male juvenile offenders between the ages of 13 and 19 that have been assessed as a moderate risk to public safety. LWCC is located in the center of the 560,000-acre Apalachicola National Forest. The camp is without fences, is staff secure and provides the youth with counseling, therapy, computer assisted educational classes geared toward achieving Carnegie credits or High School Diploma’s. Vocational training, work projects, and spiritual health are also key components. Ultimately, youth can earn their High School Diploma, learn a vocational trade, complete all of their community service hours and pay off court ordered restitution. Youth also receive counseling in a variety of subjects such as mental health, substance abuse and life skills. This program also operates an intensive 10 slot Continuous Care program to help youth re-integrate successfully into their home communities. In 2002, the State of Florida’s Program Accountability Measures report evaluated Liberty Wilderness Crossroads Camp as Florida’s most effective and successful Moderate Risk Juvenile Residential Program for male youth.
 

 

 

           

                                                                                                                                    




 

Graceville Vocational Youth Center was our second program, which opened in September 2001. The GVYC program partners with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the city of Graceville.
The facility is located near Graceville Florida, and provides 30 males with a safe, nurturing environment and an opportunity to enroll at Chipola Junior College, or Washington Holmes Technical Center to pursue certifications in over 30 career fields. These students take vocational courses on a full time basis while actively developing work skills at our Twin Oaks farm. The students served at this program have successfully completed a residential commitment program, earned their High School Diploma, and have voluntarily committed themselves for 6 to 9 months to complete their vocational training component.
The youth successfully completing GVYC will return to their communities with the ability to earn from $12.50 per hour to $30,000 per year. The GVYC campus is relaxed, but supportive and structured in a healthy pro-social environment. The trained staff provide supervision for a safe environment, transportation to and from the training centers, counseling and encouragement to help each youth succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Apalachicola Forest Youth Camp was opened in January 2002. AFYC is located near our moderate risk residential program in the middle of the Apalachicola Forest. We have partnered with the Department of Children and Families to provide a Competency Restoration Residential Commitment Program for youth who have been charged with delinquent acts or violations of the law, and have been assessed as “incompetent to proceed with trial” due to a mental illness or mental retardation. The program is a secured facility and provides an intensive array of courses, counseling, and therapies to increase competencies and enable the clients to become knowledgeable about the judicial process and be able to use this information in a meaningful way to make decisions concerning their cases. This program serves both male and female youth from 8 to 18 years of age. The goal is to determine which youth may be restored to competency and assist them into reaching this goal as soon as possible. AFYC is the only residential competency restoration program in the State of Florida.



 

The Wilderness Quest program is an intensive short-term therapeutic wilderness experience for at risk youth between the ages of 10 and 14. The mission is to partner with local school districts to reduce behavior problems and student dropouts, while increasing and improving student performance by providing an intensive short-term wilderness challenge for identified youth who are struggling in school. This program was also designed as an alternative to school suspensions and for parents who are having serious concerns about their child’s behavior in or out of school. Typically these youth have not had contact with the court system, however have been identified as a high risk of becoming delinquent. Improving behavior, attitudes and academic performance is accomplished by providing an intensive therapeutic environment in a wilderness setting by trained and qualified professionals for a period of one or two week wilderness quests. After a referral has been made and prior to the quest, our staff will meet with identified school officials and or parents to assess and identify each candidate’s individual issues and deficiencies. With intensive counseling and wilderness challenges specifically targeted to help each youth identify their strengths and weaknesses, each youth will complete the quest with a signed and dated performance contract including short and long term goals. The Wilderness Quest Program settings include a remote 10-acre island, a dude ranch with horses, a wilderness camp with a 5-bedroom lodge including an 88-acre private lake, and a wilderness camp with a 55’ Alpine Tower. Each quest can be modified to meet the needs of each group, which is generally 8 to 10 youth. The staff are carefully selected and screened as positive role models. Each staff are professionally trained and certified in areas such as: First Aid and CPR, Life Guarding, Counseling, Ropes Courses and Wilderness Survival. In addition, for special needs groups, licensed therapist, mental health and substance abuse professionals are available to provide specialized counseling.

 

 

 

 

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