CCC unrolls new program for local at-risk youth
CLARKSDALE –Coahoma Community College has unrolled a new program targeting at-risk youth and teaching them to lead happy, healthy lives.This spring, CCC introduced its new Adolescent Evening Reporting Center.

CCC unrolls new program for local at-risk youth

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Jun 24, 2015

CLARKSDALE –Coahoma Community College has unrolled a new program targeting at-risk youth and teaching them to lead happy, healthy lives.

This spring, CCC introduced its new Adolescent Evening Reporting Center. Mirroring CCC’s successful Adolescent Opportunity Program (AOP) for first-time offenders, the new program provides more intensive supervision and counseling in hopes of diverting youth ages 14 to 18 from any further involvement with the Youth Court system.

Leading the program is Coordinator Chiquaisha Done who has been employed at CCC for three years, previously serving as a case manager for the CCC AOP program before beginning her new position in June.

Done said the program is specifically designed for court-ordered adolescents who have re-offended. The teens are required to complete a four-hour session, five days a week for one year. During the sessions, the adolescents are taught job skills and receive educational tutoring as well as assessment by a qualified therapist. They also participate in group counseling sessions and are provided a free, hot and healthy meal.

“We’re noticing some positives changes already in some of our participants,” said Done.

In addition to potentially saving a life, the program is also a great recruiting opportunity for CCC, Done said.

“From our sister program, AOP, we’ve had students decide to enroll at Coahoma. …The Career and Technical Programs have been really popular,” said Done. “We’ve even had students enroll in CCC’s GED program, so we hope to have similar results with this program as well.”

For questions or more information regarding CCC’s Adolescent Evening Reporting Center, contact Done at (662) 621-4088 or cdone@coahomacc.edu.