The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) offers a variety of pro-social activities to encourage youth to change delinquent thinking by teaching many life lessons such as teamwork, commitment, and finding new opportunities to include in their success plan.
Arts and Clubs
- Ongoing relationships have been developed with arts and other community groups, including Release the Fear, which periodically runs art workshops with youth, and the Mayday Dog Program, which operates workshops for youth on ethical treatment of dogs.
- The Boy Scout program is managed by volunteer Scout Leaders. Youth are engaged in a variety of activities through this program, leading towards earning merit badges. Scouts go off-site to attend special scouting events in the community, including the Boy Scout acting as the Color Guard at various scouting functions.
- Boys and girls attending educational programming may participate in inter-scholastic sports through our membership in the Charter School Athletic Association. Boys compete in soccer and basketball leagues, while girls compete in volleyball and basketball. Most of our children have limited experience with organized sports and this program helps to develop interest in ongoing healthy lifestyles after release.
- ADJC offers a variety of recreational activities for youth. Goals include exposing youth to more socially acceptable means of spending free time, offering more appropriate outlets for emotional expression, and developing problem solving and communication skills through teamwork. Recreation activities offered include team sports such as basketball, softball, soccer, and flag football.
- Victim Impact Panels have been utilized with youth as an adjunct to their treatment, including from such nationally recognized groups as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).
- Opportunities occur for a variety of public speakers to come into the facility to speak with youth, including national sports figures, Holocaust survivors, and motivational speakers.
- ADJC offers a Wildland Fire Program that provides qualifying youth an opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience of camp support in a firefighting setting. The ADJC Wildland Fire Crew, comprised of youth and staff, has been deployed to provide camp support on major wildfires in Arizona, including the Wallow and Yarnell Fires. The crew can be off-site for up to 15 days through this program.