Youth 14 to 18 years of age who are at-risk of or already are involved with the Juvenile Court systems are referred by the Department of Juvenile Justice for programming. The Literacy Council’s At-Risk Youth Program has two components: Interactive Journaling Groups, and Remedial Academic Tutoring.

Interactive Journaling is designed to address life and literacy skills in the context of Cognitive Behavior change and Interactive Journaling. Each of the six modules are topic based and specific to juvenile justice involved youth. Each module is 30 days long and cover emotions, communications, and soft-skills development including creating a change plan.

Remedial Academic tutoring is designed to address reading comprehension and math skills in the context of academic improvement and work skills development. Trained volunteers are matched with one to three youth, and tutor them in an academic lab setting. A specific work/life-based literacy curricula is assigned to the youth based on a reading or math comprehension levels. Tutors also support students in understanding and completing school work.