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OPTIONS was established in 1994 to serve local juvenile offenders of a serious and chronic nature. In 2007, OPTIONS began services to reduce the risk of youth getting into trouble at home, with the legal system, in school or with the use of illegal substances, and to encourage them to become productive, respectful, and responsible members of the community. Initially, a risk needs assessment is administered to youth referred to OPTIONS.
Youth Assessment & screening Instrument-YASI
Identifies risk and protective factors in 10 domains of a youth's life: family, school, community/peer, alcohol/drugs, mental health, aggression, violence, attitude, skills, employment/free time. The protective factors or strengths are characteristics likely to help reduce the impact of risk factors. Youth with moderate to high risk levels can be referred to programs at OPTIONS or another local agency for services designed to reduce identified risk levels.
The programs at OPTIONS are evidence-based and use evidence-based practices that are proven to be effective in producing positive results. Pre-post evaluations are administered to ensure youth involved in the various programs are gaining skills that will help lower their risk levels. All services at OPTIONS are offered at no charge to residents of Culpeper county. currently, OPTIONS offers:
Community Service Program
Program provides supervision to youth who have been required community service. This is work that is performed for the benefit of the community through a non-profit organization(s) that may help teach the youth involved social skills, problem solving skills, labor skills, and how to give back to their community in a voluntarily or unpaid effort. Some youth are placed in the after-school program (OPTIONS CREW) to take care of outdoor maintenance for the County Administration Building, SAFE, Frisbee Gold Course, and the OPTIONS house. Others are placed at various worksites in the county.
Culpeper County Environmental Services
Town of Culpeper Public Schools
Pearl Sample Elementary School
Culpeper Middle School
Culpeper County High School
USDA Food Distribution at Culpeper United Methodist Church
Special events in the community youth get involved with:
Culpeper Air Fest
Options continues to work to place youth at job sites that will potentially lead to future part-time/full-time employment. OPTIONS continues to find/develop worksites where youth can learn empathy.