Detention Services - Programming

Here in Detention, we believe that all youth are capable of success—no exceptions. We follow a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports system, also known as PBIS. This means we work with youth on their strengths, help them to learn skills that they can use while they are in Detention as well as in the community, and assist them with areas they struggle with. Our expectations in Detention are very basic; we want all youth to show R.I.S.E. (Respect, Integrity, Safety, Excellence). Through consistency, a structured environment, strength-based programming, nurturing, and accountability, youth can maximize their opportunity for change.

The Detention Center works actively with the community, public agencies, and private agencies to provide a wide range of helpful services that support youths physical, emotional, and social development.  These services also promote justice, education and the prevention of delinquency and abuse.

Detention Programming Goals

Detention programming serves to afford our youth:

  • Opportunities for individual growth and change regardless of length of stay
  • Increased use of healthy coping skills
  • An opportunity to learn fair play, rule following, and teamwork
  • Positive forms of self-expression
  • Ways to develop a better understanding of himself or herself
  • A chance to develop new interests or skills to be followed upon release
  • The opportunity to work and increase their skills within a structured setting
  • Exposure to experiences that broaden youth's thinking and encourage positive relationships with adults

Benefits of Detention Programming

  • Empower youth to make positive change
  • Positive decision-making
  • Build self-confidence
  • Increase competence and ability to succeed within the community
  • Increase self-sufficiency skills
  • Stronger sense of community
  • Exposure to other cultures, educational opportunities, and thought processes that expand their knowledge, encourage growth, and positive self-expression.

Detention Programming Topics

Drug and Alcohol Education Cultural Appreciation
Problem Solving Juvenile Laws
Religious/Spiritual Services Relaxation and Stress Management
Yoga Communication
Life Skills/Employment Readiness Dog therapy
Community Activism / Involvement Literacy improvement
Conflict Resolution Cognitive Skill Building
Positive Identity & Self Expression Healthy Coping Strategies
Animal / Pet Care Environmental Sustainability


Special Programming

Special workshops, events, and special speakers are a key part of Detention's programming efforts.  Programming has been a great success in stirring the imagination of the youth and bringing a welcomed change to their daily routines.  Recent special programming events included:

  • Various musicians including ‘Children Carrying the Sound’, and the band Chicago.
  • Conflict Resolution
  • University of Arizona Athletic Teams
  • Professional Soccer Players
  • Richard Elias, Supervisor District 5
  • Girl Scouts
  • Inside Out Poetry
  • Food handling / Basic Nutrition
  • Gardening / Agriculture
  • Super bowl Champion Roland Williams
  • Sonora Desert Museum
  • International Wildlife Museum
  • Goodwill Good Futures and Metro Programs