Adolescent Resource Pathways
Chesterfield Adolescent Resource Pathways (CARP) focuses on community-based, collaborative and early-intervention efforts for youth involved in the juvenile court system through various programs.
The program environment provides consistency, positive relationships, structure and limits, and respect for basic rights. CARP provides community service activities, develops skills in youths that will support pro-social behaviors, and highly structured and well-supervised group activities. Program goals include:
- Increase commitment to the education process
- Increase positive skill-building opportunities
- Increase protective factors
- Limit opportunities to commit new offenses during high-risk hours
- Reduce risk factors
- Reduce substance abuse
Code of Conduct
Youths participating in CARP activities will be expected to adhere to a code of conduct while in the program. Each participant is expected to:
- Be willing to participate in each activity
- Be respectful of other participants and staff involved in the program
- Stay with the group as directed
- Clean up after themselves
- Be at the pick-up site on time, if taking program-provided transportation, and follow all vehicle rules
- Remain in designated program area unless given permission by staff
- Wear appropriate clothing at all times
- Use appropriate language at all times
The program prohibits the following:
- Physical and verbal altercations
- Physical or verbal threats of violence
- Use of drugs and alcohol
To be eligible to participate, a youth must:
- Agree to participate
- Be 14 to 18 years old
- Be of moderate to high risk to reoffend, based on the Department of Juvenile Justice Risk Assessment
- Be on probation or parole and living within the geographic area covered by the 12th District Court Service Unit
The program referral document (PDF) is completed by the referring probation officer at the 12th District Court Service Unit (Juvenile Probation). The form can be faxed to 804-748-1295 or emailed to the CARP program. Include the youth's social history if available.
Identification, Screening and Acceptance Process
The CARP identification, screening and acceptance process is the following:
- The CARP program administrator reviews referral.
- An intake interview is scheduled with the juvenile and family within three business days. The probation/parole officer is encouraged to attend the interview.
- During the intake interview the juvenile and parents sign the following:
- Agreement of Participation
- Consent for Release of Confidential Information
- Parent/Guardian Contract
- The case manager does the following:
- Determines the youth’s start date
- Reviews the rules and regulations with the youth and family
- Writes an individual service plan
Youth Case File Forms
The following youth case file forms are to be completed at or before intake:
- Community Service
- Court Navigator
- Day Reporting Program
- Educational and Vocational Connections
- Pocahontas Youth Conservation Corps
- Summer Program
The Community Service Program provides participants with closely supervised work that provides a meaningful impact to the community. Projects may include organizing shelves for local charities, food banks, and libraries; gardening in local parks and non-profits; as well as other appropriate activities.
Successful completion requires participants to attend community service on the days they have signed up for and complete the activities assigned to them on those days.
The Chesterfield Juvenile Court Navigator will assist families as they proceed through the juvenile court system. Adolescents and families usually have questions about what happened and what to do next when attending court. Families may leave the court hearing uncertain of the judge's requirements and feeling overwhelmed. The Juvenile Court Navigator will initiate contact with families and help in obtaining services, identifying resources, and clarifying questions to help them understand and comply with the court's order. The Juvenile Court Navigator will receive referrals and copies of court orders from the Court Services Unit that are appropriate for the program.
Day Reporting Program
The Day Reporting Program is for youth who are suspended or expelled or do not attend a traditional public school. This program's environment is designed to limit opportunities for youth to commit offenses, to engage participants in educational opportunities, and to provide positive skill-building activities. Skill-building may include employment skills, anger management, and moral decision-making. The program operates during the school year, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Successful completion requires youth to attend the program each weekday until they are eligible to return to school.
Educational and Vocational Connections
The Educational and Vocational Connections Program provides youth participants with academic and career readiness services to foster positive development and support educational, postsecondary, and workforce success.
The Educational and Vocational Connections Coordinator works with court-involved youth and their families to identify educational and vocational needs and connect youth to appropriate academic programs, internships, and workforce development programs where youth can explore and learn. Key services provided include:
- Assistance navigating the college application process and selecting appropriate programs and institutions
- Career assessments and skill inventories to explore educational and career interests and select programs aligned with participant strengths, skills, and interests
- College exploration, postsecondary support services, and career pathway counseling
- Experiential career readiness learning activities, including resume writing workshops, job searching and application strategies, and tools for successful interview preparation
- Linkages and referrals to academic and vocational programs in the community
- Secondary completion assistance and support
Pocahontas Youth Conservation Corps
The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is designed as a first job experience for youth. It is a structured program of conservation that fosters teamwork, self-esteem, social responsibility, and respect for the environment. Participants will work hard, in difficult conditions in the woods, and may be exposed to heat, snakes, and insects. YCC is held the last week of July and first two weeks of August.
Successful completion requires participants to attend each weekday for the entire three-week program.
The Summer Program is for youth who need positive activities during the summer months. This program operates mid-June through the end of August.