The R.E.A.L. Program (Reaching Excellence As Leaders) is a “no nonsense” youth intervention program for teens caught in the Juvenile Justice system. In an effort to get upstream from a growing problem of youth violence in the community, R.E.A.L. receives referrals from juvenile court and probation officers as an alternative to detention services. The majority of these youth are disproportionately male minorities and come from impoverished, single parent homes.
The R.E.A.L. Program offers youth an opportunity to change their course through counseling, family retreat weekend, building positive relationships, and education on breaking gang ties or other unhealthy connections. Through self empowerment and cultural enrichment, the participants find college and job opportunities that seemed out of reach prior to engagement with R.E.A.L.
R.E.A.L. Program graduates are shown to have a re-offend rate of 17% or less, compared to a national average re-offend rate of 55%.
For more information about the R.E.A.L. Program, email Ron Johnson or call 615.327.4455.