Mission: Our mission: believing all youth are at risk, crossroads for youth strengthens families and youth with skills and tools so they become valued contributors in their communities. Our vision: crossroads for youth will be recognized and utilized as the premier expert with at-risk youth. Crossroads for youth is a private, nonprofit treatment agency that serves at-risk children and youth. Over 300 children are served annually in our integrated educational and vocational core programs and through our adventure center. We utilize a proven therapeutic model combining choice theory and adventure based experiential learning techniques built on a foundation of trauma-informed care. We empower youth so that they can learn how to evaluate their own behavior and actions in order to make thoughtful decisions in their lives, while also facilitating emotional and psychological healing. Our beautiful 320-acre, wooded main campus provides an ideal environment from which to offer a wide variety of programming
Programs: Residential programs:these programs use individual, family and group problem-solving techniques as a foundation for their therapeutic approaches. Individual treatment plans reflect both short-term goals to address immediate behaviors of concern and long-term goals to increase the probability of success upon release. Parents are asked to work in conjunction with the treatment team in the process of incorporating appropriate skill development, counseling and discipline so that the residents experience consistency and a sense of teamwork. Additional opportunities for students include attendance at cultural and sporting events, participation in activities through the adventure center and the possibility for employment in jobs, both on campus and off grounds in the local community. The direct program staff includes treatment specialists, therapists and site supervisors. Every student attends an on-site school. Some students also have the opportunity to attend the local public school. The usual length of stay is five to twelve months.
day programs:the learning center is a day treatment program for young people who face challenges in school, the community or at home. The program is held six days a week and incorporates academics, therapies and confidence-building exercises. Participants are referred by their schools or the court. The ultimate goal of the program is to counter challenging behaviors early so children can focus on building a bright future.
neglect and abuse programs: summit house and boys center are residential facilities offering choice theory and trauma informed care as foundations for recovery from abuse and neglect. These programs are developed for girls and boys ages 7 to 17. Specialized programs:various specialized programs are offered, which include stride and community day treatment. The stride program is a weekend early intervention program for court referred teens who are on probation caseloads. The day student programs are solution focused and treatment oriented. The goal is to help each student move toward internalizing effective strategies for making appropriate choices. The treatment team is intentional in teaching social skills, problems solving skills and the process of recognizing one's own needs as well as the role of others in the student's life. Through treatment, students learn to take responsibility for the outcomes of their actions both in terms of themselves and others. Program components include individual family therapy, problem-solving and other specialized groups, community service, academics and vocational education and activities both on and off grounds.