Sponsored by the Kane County Bar Foundation, the Juvenile Diversion Program began over ten years ago due to the need for community based prevention programs for our youth.
With today’s culture of increased violence, change of drug trends that target young people, social media and peer pressure can have an impact on adolescents decision making. The Turning Point Program refers to these changes as the “Toxic Culture.” Our goal is to provide youth with the tools necessary to make positive and healthy choices, avoid future legal trouble and become productive citizens.
The Turning Point Juvenile Diversion Program is an early intervention program that offers first time offenders an opportunity to divert from Juvenile Court processing, “with the completion of the program's requirements.” Turning Point addresses today’s issues by providing current education on drug trends, risk taking behaviors and its consequences.
Professional presenters discuss topics including Peer Pressure, Cyber Bullying, Anger Management, Decision Making and Goal Setting. Parent(s) attend two sessions that include class room education, questions /answer sessions and open discussion. These assist in providing communication skills, and positive relationships. Accountability, responsibility and trust are “key“ components to its teaching as well. Required community service teaches young people the importance of giving back to their communities and many participants continue serving after completion of the Turning Point Program.
First time offenders who are referred to Turning Point, need to be between the ages of 12 and 17, have committed low level offenses such as: Petty Theft, Minor Fight at School (no injury), Disorderly Conduct, Truancy, Curfew Violation’s and Minor Alcohol/Drug Offenses.
Participants are referred through juvenile police officers, school resource officers for formal and informal station adjustments, school administrators/deans, parents through police department, and the prosecutors/defense attorneys by agreement.
The Turning Point Program continues to serve over one hundred participants annually and provides additional support and resources to families where appropriate.
For further information, please contact
Williams Intervention Consulting, Inc.
c/o Kane County Bar Foundation
555 S. Randall Road, Suite 205
St. Charles IL 60174
Phone: (630) 336-5819
Linda Williams Coordinator