Creative Solutions™

The Challenge
Once juveniles are convicted of a crime, the opportunity gap widens exponentially, making it even more difficult for youth to chart their own path.

The Solution
Creative Solutions is an arts-as-workforce intervention program for adjudicated and marginalized youth. We use visual, performing and digital arts to help young people tap into their inherent greatness by improving job skills, promoting a positive self-image and increasing social and emotional development. Creative Solutions uses a trauma-informed, results-driven model to promote lasting positive change in the youth served.

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Methodology

There is a substantial body of research evidence to suggest that:

  • youth offenders have a disproportionate amount of childhood and adolescent trauma in their backgrounds
  • youth offenders are more likely than non-offenders to have suffered adverse impacts from traumatic experiences
  • the impacts of trauma can be linked to offending behaviors

A typical adjudicated youth has experienced an average of 14 distinct traumas in their lifetime

93% of adjudicated youth have been exposed to
1 or more traumas

PTSD has been found to be 8x more prevalent
in adjudicated youth1

Only 24 states meet the standard for maltreatment prevention (not TX)

Maltreated youth are:

59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile,

28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and

30% more likely to commit a violent crime

Less than 10% of juvenile justice agencies have programming designed to address maltreatment or have partnered with other agencies to meet this need

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