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Agency Programming Overview

The Ash Tree Organization is continuously expanding, in an effort to meet the growing needs of our community. Here is a list of the programs that Ash Tree offers, to serve you and our greater community. Please click on any of these topics to be taken directly to the section of the page that contains specific information about that programing. If, however, you wish to view all of our programs, simply scroll down and read about what Ash Tree has to offer! Here is a sampling of the programs currently being offered at Ash Tree:
Programs:
48-Week Program
The 48-Week Program, a.k.a. the "After-school Program", was a program where the Chatham County Juvenile Court system referred youth, ages 8 - 16 on probation, to Ash Tree to complete a 48-week-long after school Counseling and Life Skills tutorial program.

A child assigned to this program attended a weekly (Mon., Tues., or Thurs.) 2-hour session of tutorial instruction and small group discussion with Ash Tree tutors, and our certified counselor. Ash Tree provided the students of this program with transportation to and from our Habersham facilities and any other field trip activities, as well as provided the students with a meal, prior to being taken home. As the students are generally picked-up after school, the parents were responsible for ensuring that their child waiting for the program vans between the hours of 2:30 and 4 p.m. on the student's assigned program day, as the weekly sessions will run from 4 - 6 p.m.

If the child was not at their designated pick-up spot, it became the parent's responsibility to get their child to and from the 48-Week Program. Failure to attend the program could result in probationary problems for child that is juvenile court assigned to the 48-Week Program.

Currently, the 48-Week Program is not operational. The state of GA has changed the focus of their funding from after school programs for juvenile youths, to alcohol prevention programs. Ash Tree is in the process of shifting the 48-Week Program focus, to meet the new needs of the state.

Our vision for the new program, is to work with our targeted youths as the primary focus and secondly, to inform the parents and additional family members of the youth, the impact and related consequences of alcohol use among youth and adults. The youth are to receive the prevention side of the programming, while parents, extended family members, and community leaders receive training, informational family-based community forums, and exposure to our campaign. By structuring our focus to those individuals, we can anticipate an impact on the community as a whole.


Specifically, the youth will participate in afterschool programming with our Education/Counseling Group Facilitator to read and learn about substance abuse prevention. Students will initially take a Student Health Survey, so that Ash Tree can determine the percentages of our current students that (1) reported using any substance within the last 30 days, (2) age of onset for substance use, (3) perception of risks, as well as (4) other health related indicators. Students will also get a "hands-on" approach, as they will be able to participate in compliance-check programs that will be utilized for businesses with alcohol and liquor licenses.

At the end of the program, Ash Tree will evaluate the performance of our Teen & Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Program through re-issuing the Student Health Survey, so that Ash Tree can determine the percentages of our current students that (1) reported using any substance within the last 30 days, (2) age of onset for substance use, (3) perception of risks, as well as (4) other health related indicators, after receiving education and training related to the dangers of substance abuse.

The new 48-Week Program with a focus on Youth Alcohol Prevention will begin in the Fall of 2012 and we will have more information about the specifics of that program, as time draws near!


Children/Parents-Net Program
The Children/Parents-Net Program (case management) is a program where youth are referred from the Chatham County Juvenile Court system, Chatham County School Principals and Counselors, and in some extreme instances, concerned Parents. Generally, youth ages 8 - 16, on probation, regularly meet with the Ash Tree Case Managers to complete a set of goals, set forth by the Case Managers and agreed upon by the student and the parent(s).

If a child is referred to this program, the parent must complete a family assessment, before their child may be admitted into case management. The purpose of the family assessment is for the case managers to determine how our program can best help with any needs or problems the family is experiencing. It is the case manager's responsibility to get to know each family and to determine how Ash Tree can offer useful services to the student and their family.

Case Management consists of in-home counseling, and assistance with issues that may have been the basis for the behavior that resulted in the child's involvement with the juvenile court. Our case managers visit the families at least once each month, with more frequency given as needed. In addition to home visits, the case managers visit the schools of the children to provide support in the school setting.

Each youth's objectives while in the program are to:
  • Complete the goals set forth by the Case Managers and agreed upon by the student and the parent(s)
  • Resolution of behavioral issues which led to Juvenile Court involvement
  • Show a positive attitude towards parents, teachers, and law enforcement officers

Case Management Program Vitals
Youth Ages: 8 - 16 years of age
Youth Genders: Young adult males and females
Youth Grade Levels: Middle School & High School
Length of Program: Varies
Program Days: Monday - Friday
Program Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch Provided: No
Transportation Provided: No
Referring Agencies: Chatham County Juvenile Court, Chatham County Schools, Concerned Parents

Project Success:
The Project Success Program was created with the combined efforts of the Chatham County Board of Education (CCBOE) and the Ash Tree Organization, as a response to the increasing number of middle school students being suspended from the public school system and to serve as an interim place for students awaiting their school hearing, while on suspension.

A child assigned to the program must be suspended for no more than 10 days of Out of School Suspension from their middle school, and attend Project Success (at the May Street YMCA) for the duration of their suspension. Students are required to bring daily assignments from school, as well as all necessary books and materials.

Parents are required to sign-up their children for the program, complete all application materials, and daily sign their children in and out. Parents must also attend a one-time morning training session, prior to their children being allowed to stay for the program. The parent training sessions, give an overview of student rules and the parent/student responsibilities. The parent training is held daily to accommodate all incoming students.

Project Success students are given lunch. The lunches are provided by the public school system. However, the parent is responsible for paying for the student's lunch, or the parent may choose to have their child bring their lunch. The Ash Tree Organization does NOT provide the student's transportation to and from the program. It's the parent's responsibility to get their child to the program on time and to ensure that their child is picked up, has adequate bus fare, or has permission to walk home, if necessary. Program days run parallel to that of the public school system, so Project Success observes the same holidays, half-days, and evacuation schedule as the public schools. Classes are from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The parent is responsible for ensuring that their child attends all required days, as determined by their child's term of suspension.

If a child successfully completes their suspended days at Project Success, your child has an opportunity for their suspended days to not count against them when they return to public school. If, however, your student is released early from the program, due to inappropriate behavior and conduct, or unwillingness to complete assignments, they will not be eligible to have their suspended days not count against them.

Each youth's objectives while in the program are to:
  • Complete all assigned suspension days
  • Complete all school assignments
  • Return to school with a positive attitude towards parents, teachers, and other students
  • Not be suspended or expelled for the remainder of the term

Project Success Program Vitals
Student Ages: 8 - 14
Student Genders: Young adult males and females
Youth Grade Levels: Middle School
Length of Program: 10 Days of Suspension or Less
Program Days: Monday - Friday
Program Hours: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Parent Training: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 8 a.m.
Lunch Provided: Yes
Transportation Provided: No
Referring Agencies: Chatham County Public Schools

 
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