Community Attention offers youth and families a variety of home-based/community services that center on the principles of trauma informed care. Partnerships have been created with other local agencies, service providers, schools, and businesses to promote the growth and development of those served. A resiliency oriented approach is utilized to help individuals overcome challenging life experiences in an effort to minimize mental health distress, social disruption, problem behaviors, and to promote overall wellness.
Youth and families from the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are referred for services from a variety of sources such as social service departments, partnering agencies, and the court service unit. While participating in Community Attention programming youth and families are assigned to a specific professional case manager to build a trusting relationship, have weekly face to face contacts, and to develop a formal youth driven service plan.
Specific program offerings include: Community Attention Youth Internship Program, Teens GIVE Service Learning Program, Evergreen (school-based program), Family Check-Up, Home Electronic Monitoring, Community Support Service (mentoring) and support groups focused on skill building (Diversion) and decision-making (Decision Points).
The Community Attention Youth Internship Program (CAYIP) offers youth aged 14 to 21 with an internship opportunity to gain on the job experience.
Teens GIVE is a service-learning program that places children, ages 9 to 18, in supervised relationship-based volunteer activities.