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.

Our 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-to-healing, evidence-based model to promote lasting positive change in the youth served.

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Methodology

  • The prevalence of mental health disorders in the juvenile justice system is more than three times higher than in the general youth population – up to 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have one or more diagnosable mental health or substance abuse use disorders.
  • Contextual trauma of prevalent chronic conditions such as poverty, victimization, post-traumatic stress, and poor education opportunities significantly contribute to untreated mental health issues.
  • More than 75% of youth in the juvenile system have experienced traumatic victimization such as physical abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic neglect, leaving them ever more vulnerable for mental health disorders and post-traumatic stress.
  • Because adolescent brains are not entirely matured, peer influence is more persuasive for those under the age of 25. Yet, on any given day in America, more than 70,000 juvenile offenders are in residential placement (juvenile detention facilities, corrections facilities, group homes or shelters) for crimes. However, not only are youth not able to assess risk like adults, but they also do not have the competency to understand, participate in, or make decisions in the judicial process.

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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