Youth Educational Shoplifting Program – for Juveniles
The Y.E.S. Program is Available in 3 Formats:
Interactive Online Program – An online program which delivers proven-effective education in a specifically structured environment which is designed to pique young peoples’ interest and increase retention levels by offering them an easy to use, interactive, media-rich presentation that surpasses the outdated “read and click” materials. The program utilizes video scenarios which are guided by a facilitator along with a core group of teens who have also been caught shoplifting. Participants answer questions and, after understanding their behavior, they work to create a personal plan to stop shoplifting.
Home-Study Program – A comprehensive correspondence course (mailed to the home) presented on audio CD’s with a workbook. Listening to a facilitator and other teens caught shoplifting, participants are guided through the program while answering questions from the workbook.
The Y.E.S. Program will take the participant 3-4 hours to complete. It is not necessary that the participant complete the program in one sitting. We encourage them to take breaks as often as they feel the need . . . as long as they complete the program by the deadline date, if appropriate.
Class/Workshop Segment – A full-day workshop which focuses on program reinforcement through group interaction. Particularly helpful for those juveniles assessed to be “at-risk” of repeating the offense. The workshops are kept small with only 10-12 participants to guarantee individual attention for each participant. The Y.E.S. Program Online and/or the Home study Program is a prerequisite for participation in the class/workshop.
The Y.E.S. Program helps young people:
- Identify the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes which led them to shoplift.
- Understand the truth about the law and its consequences.
- Examine their behavior and understand how much they risked for a small reward.
- Understand the social and financial impact of their behavior.
- Understand how their actions hurt many people – their families, themselves, the employees at the store and the community at large.
- Understand and acknowledge that their behavior resulted from a choice that was theirs alone and could have been made differently.
- Develop a personalized plan to stop shoplifting now and in the future.
Psychological Profile Analysis and Risk Assessment
Included in the Y.E.S. Program is a Psychological Profile Analysis and Risk Assessment which identifies the personal profile, activity profile, perceptions and feelings of juveniles caught shoplifting. The assessment measures a juvenile’s propensity to repeat the offense and is used to determine which participants may need added support services to help prevent recidivism.
In general, juveniles who are assessed to be at “low-risk” to repeat the offense are only required to complete the core program, either online or by mail. Juveniles who are assessed to be at “moderate risk” or at “high risk” to repeat are referred to complete the class/workshop segment of the program or to participate in individualized telephone coaching to further address their particular needs and issues.