NGAGE is an individualized strengths-based program that works with vulnerable youth who have been in conflict with the law.
NGAGE provides wrap-around support to youth having trouble starting or completing mandated community service hours. The program will work with youth with significant barriers that prevent them from achieving success in a typical volunteer placement. Partnerships are created specifically for each young person with non-profit organizations and local community groups, who are educated on strength-based approach mentoring to ensure youth successfully complete community service hours.
Traditionally community service hours have been used in a more ‘punitive’ fashion. However, we have found that when a young person is engaged with giving back to the community by tapping into their ‘spark’, they feel a greater sense of connection to the community and will often continue to volunteer beyond their sanctioned hours, sometimes even bringing friends and family to volunteer as well.