The Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center participates in the National School Lunch Programwhich assists the facility in offering a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack to all residents.Click here to view the Facility’s Wellness Policy.All SFAs must inform families about the availability and location of free meals for students via the Summer Food Service Program. This is required even if the SFA is not participating in the Summer Food Program.Schools may fulfill this requirement through Robo calls, flyers or other methods that notify the community of locations of summer meal sites.Methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer include the following: • Call 211• Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre• Text “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months • Visit the website: www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks (note, this replaces the whyhunger.org website) • Use the site locator for smartphones - Rangeapp.orgBeginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, SDOL will provide one week's worth of breakfast and lunch everyWednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at JP McCaskey, Hamilton, Hand, Reynolds and Carter & MacRae.This further reduces exposure of our staff and families to pick up meals.Please visit our website for more information.
Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center235 Circle AvenueLancaster, PA 17602(717)299-7821(717)209-3314 - fax
Mission StatementThe mission of the Youth Intervention Center is to provide a safe environment to ensure the essential physical, mental,and emotional well-being for the youth we serve through positive and compassionate engagement.
Core ValuesThe Youth Intervention Center believes in:•Diversity and Teamwork – We embrace our varied perspectives and talents in order to adapt to the needs of the youth we serve. •Integrity – We strive to meet high ethical and professional standards of Juvenile Justice.•Commitment – We pursue our mission and goals with tenacity and resolve.•Safety – We are committed to the health and safety of our clients and workforce.•Respect – We believe respect and fair treatment are fundamental to our service, operations, and decision-making.•Compassion – We believe in fostering positive relationships in order to encourage personal growth. Operational GoalsIn order to advance our mission, our Detention Program strives to:•Provideasafe,secure,andstructuredenvironmentforthejuvenilesweserve,whileatthesametimeproviding protection for the community.•Serveasrolemodelsandprojectanappearance,attitude,andbehaviorwhichcreatesanatmosphereconduciveto positivechange,dignity,andrespectforall,whileatthesametimeauthenticallyconnectingandcommunicating with our residents.•Provideprogrammingthatstimulatestheresidents’physical,mental,educational,andcreativegrowth,witha focus on family and community engagement.In order to advance our mission, the Shelter Program strives to: •Provideasafe,temporaryresidentialcareenvironmentfor“at-risk”youthwhileawaitingtransitiontoplacement or home reunification. •Connect with residents in an honest and authentic manner, modeling dignity and respect for all.•Createopportunitiesforchange,emphasizingpersonalgrowthandaccountability,whileworkingwiththeyouth, their families, contracting agencies and the community. •Provideprogrammingthatstimulatesthephysical,mental,educational,andcreativegrowthandinterestsofour residents.In order to advance our mission, the P.U.L.S.E. Weekend Program andEvening Treatment Center strives to:•Create a safe environment of support, positivity and mutual respect that promotes personal growth.•WorkcollaborativelywiththeOfficeofJuvenileProbation,theChildrenandYouthAgency,andtheparticipant’s family to identify each participant’s needs, strengths, and goals.•Utilize evidence-based practices in order to foster competency development and self-reflection•Equipparticipantswithnewtoolsformanaginglife’schallenges,increasingapositiveoutlookontheirfuture, and building confidence in their own ability to be successful. •Elicit internal motivation within our participants to create positive change within themselves.
In person visitation for Detention and Shelter residents has been suspended.Resuming of in-person visitation and on-site volunteer programming will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.More frequent telephone contact and video visitation has been arranged.Professional visitors are requested to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms, wash their hands,and use hand sanitizer prior to transitioning from the lobby area.The PULSE Weekend Program is currently suspended.On-site volunteer programming has been suspended.Off-site Shelter outings have been suspended.Authorized parents/guardians can call and speak with a Detention or Shelter Supervisor if they have any questions or concerns.