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Program Description

  Positive Youth Development

This program focuses on providing culturally-based and healing-informed positive youth development and family strengthening services, including violence prevention; gang prevention; intervention and support for youth and families who are at-risk of gang involvement and those already involved in gang activity; and youth and their families who may have been involved in or exposed to violence and complex trauma. The key elements include a Program Administrator who manages and monitors the Up-County and Down-County Youth Opportunity Centers, High School Wellness Centers, the Safe Space Program, and the Street Outreach Network. Services and supports are provided through community-based work, community education, and partnerships. This program works closely with multiple County agencies as part of the Positive Youth Development Initiative (PYDI) and other community groups to address gang, youth, and community violence issues throughout the County.

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Program Contacts

Contact Dira Treadvance of the HHS - Children, Youth and Family Services at 240.777.1223 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Number of youth in safe, supervised PYDI programming 13,0582,6753,5504,8025,255
Percent of clients who are satisfied with the Youth Opportunity Centers and Wellness Centers and would recommend to others 2N/AN/A99%99%99%
1  PYD is changing their FY22 and FY23 projections to 3,550 and 4,802, respectively. The original projections were lower due to the initial impact of COVID. The increased projection for FY23 is based on both a full year of the implementation of the Seneca Valley Wellness Center, the YMCA Family Intervention Contract, Therapeutic Recreation, and the 4 New Full-time Newcomer Positions.
2  Due to COVID-19, the program was unable to administer sufficient customer satisfaction surveys in FY21 due to school closures and in-person limitations on home visits.
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Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved863746520.00
Replace: Therapeutic Recreation Services Previously Funded by ARPA with General Funds2550000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.512675117.00
FY23 Approved1401921637.00