Communities for Youth (CFY)
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

The Communities for Youth (CFY) program serves those youth age 10- 17 who are involved in risk-taking behavior (such as gang involvement, violence, drugs); youth who have been station-adjusted (arrested but not referred to court) or placed on probation supervision to prevent further involvement in the juvenile justice system; and youth who have been placed on probation and who are at risk of violating probation or re-offending.

Purpose

The CFY program was created in response to Illinois' Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 1998, which seeks to protect citizens from juvenile crime, to hold each juvenile offender accountable for his or her acts, and to provide an individualized assessment of each delinquent juvenile.

Services

Diversion programs target youth who have been station-adjusted or placed on probation supervision to prevent further involvement in the juvenile justice system. The goal of diversion programs is to reduce the number of delinquency petitions filed in Juvenile Court and increase the number of youth who successfully complete sanctions brought about by informal or formal station adjustments. Diversion programs can include day/evening reporting centers, teen court, mediation, and counseling/therapy.

Intervention programs which focus on youth who have been placed on probation, seek to prevent these young people from violating probation and/or re-offending. The goal for this type of program is to reduce the number of youth committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice and to increase the number of youth who successfully complete probation. Services offered through intervention programs are similar to those in diversion programs.

Delivery Method

In FY 10, CFY programs were delivered by 32 community agencies across the state. Funding is provided to, and programs operated by, local community-based agencies.

Program Data

SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $3,386.1 $3,409.0 $3,257.7 $2,585.5
Number of Grantees 33 33 33 32
Number Served 2,158 2,081 2,171 5,489

Note: Numbers served: As recorded by providers with the Division's e-Cornerstone system. FY10 numbers reflect all youth served by the program during FY10. Previous years reflect only new enrollees

Program Effectiveness

  • Youth that participate in the program receive individualized assessments using the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI).
  • Individualized case plans are developed for each youth.
  • Youth competences have been increased through best practices programming.
  • In many programs effective mentoring practices have increased social skills, school skills and daily living.
  • Program providers continue to improve their ability to accurately report program data in e-Cornerstone.