Mission and Values
Across America, about 30,000 young people are confined in juvenile justice facilities and 325,000 or more are involved in some form of community supervision. Most youths come into the juvenile justice system as a result of disadvantages they’ve experienced such as poverty, trauma and abuse and have not committed serious offenses. The majority are young black and brown men, 16-17-years old with poor reading and math skills, unmet special education needs and little to no employability skills or work experience. When they leave they face formidable barriers: unstable living situations, schools that won’t accept them, restrictions on eligibility for financial aid, military service and public housing, exclusion from jobs because of their system involvement and lack of basic life supports such as transportation and day care.
Performance-based Standards (PbS) was launched in 1995 with the belief that we need to treat all youths in custody as one of our own. Fully aware that the United States relies on incarceration to respond to delinquency, we set the expectation that time in juvenile justice facilities should be viewed as an opportunity to increase young offenders’ likelihood of success and to provide individualized, effective rehabilitation services that turn their lives around, not just keep them off the streets.
To challenge youth-serving agencies to deliver the most effective and research-based services and to support them with a data-driven improvement model, expert coaching, training and technical assistance that helps them achieving positive outcomes.
All youths are treated as one of our own.