PROGRAMS & SERVICES

                    “FOR A BETTER TOMORROW”

                      Depåttamenton Asunton Manhoben


The Division of Youth Corrections provides care, treatment, and
rehabilitation services to youth adjudicated by the courts of Guam.
Status offenders (non-criminal offenders) are place in a non-secure
correctional facility referred to as Cottage Homes. Non-status
offenders (criminal offenders) are placed in a secure correctional
facility referred to as the Youth Correctional Facility.

DYA Correctional Programs & Services
   Intake Process
     Step Plan Program
     Client Vocational Training Program
     Client Activities Program
     Education (Liheng Famagu’on)
     Medical
     Spiritual
     Culinary

Every client receives a nutritional balanced diet three times a day,
and special diets are made available for those under close medical

Health and Medical
Proper health care is a given right to all clients. In addition to
health and medical needs, the department has established a
partnership with the University of Guam to have nursing students
conduct health assessments and educate clients in this area and at
the same time, meeting their practicum requirements.

Clients are given he opportunity to have the freedom of religious
rights, which include appropriate literature.

Through the Guam Public School Systems, Division of Special
Education, Six certified teachers provide an educational program at
the DYA for clients who are confined or court ordered to attend.
The DYA School also known as “Liheng Famagu’on.” Provides
classroom instruction at the Youth Correctional Facility in
Mangilao and at Cottage Homes in Talofofo. Educational
instruction is based on the GPSS curriculum, and is a multi-level,
multi-grade, and multi-age classroom, which is needed to meet the
educational needs of each student confined at the Department of
Youth Affairs.

These six teachers are:     Ms. June Taitano
                            Mr. Jojo L.G. Mafnas
                            Ms. Maureen Murphy
                            Ms. Elizabeth Reyes
                            Ms. Elvira M. Rosario
                            Ms. Anthony J. Santos


The Counseling Unit provides individual, group and family
counseling to DYA clients and their respective families, and to
better enhance and nurture the integration of the individual youth
back into the family unit. This unit is responsible for assessments
of clients’ needs and determining the appropriate therapeutic
intervention. Staffing includes a Licensed Individual, Marriage
and Family Therapists, 2 Social Workers, and 1 Clerk Typist,. The
Social Workers, under this unit, provide immediate intervention to
clients who are remanded to the Youth Correctional Facility.
Routine visits are made to each client to ensure that client’s rights
are protected, and that individual and family needs and services are
being provided.

List of Services:
   Client Assessment
   Case Management
   Individual/Family Counseling
   Crisis Intervention
Psychological Services

     Screening Assessments
     Evaluations (Psycho-Educational & Psycho-Social)
     Vocational Testing
     Behavior Modification Programs
     Consultation


Located in Dededo, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, and Agat, these
resource centers provides social development programs and
services in the community. A broad range of services are available
to enhance and strengthen the livelihoods of the youth and their
families through prevention, intervention and skills-building

Three outreach community-based centers located in the north,
central and south.

      Lagu Youth Resource Center
          Site Supervisor: Sollie Talato:        635-4392/3

      Central Resource Center
          Site Supervisor: Yvonne Paulino:        477-9557/8

      Haya Youth Center
          Site Supervisor: Corrine Buendicho: 565-5031/2
    Aftercare Program
Aftercare Services are provided to participants, released from
the correctional facilities of the Department of Youth Affairs,
for a period of six to twelve months. Goals of the program are
to decrease the rate of recidivism, and to provide mentoring
services and other positive alternatives geared towards the
strengthening of youth and families.

      Provides six months of intensive supervision,
       mentoring and other services with an additional six
       months of minimal supervision and follow-up services.
      Provides mentorship services and other positive
       alternatives geared towards the development of
       responsible and law abiding citizens;
      Conducts one or more home visits and phone contacts
       per week;
      Provides educational, recreational and other activities;
      Provides immediate crisis intervention;
      Strengthens protective factors and decrease risk factors.

 Chansa
The Chansa Program targets at-risk youth to divert them from
entering the Juvenile Justice System and to provide positive
resources for adjudicated offenders. Components of the
program include the following: The first component provides
skills-building workshops, held every first and third Saturday of
the month, from 8:30am-12:30pm. The first two hours consist of
presentations by Inafa Maolek on “Tough Love,”
Communication, and Anger Management. The third hour is a
presentation on “Youth and the Law” by the Guam Police
Department, and the final hour is a presentation of testimonies
by Department of Corrections’ parolees.             The Second
Component is a Juvenile Diversion Program.
   Jumpstart Program
  This program is specifically designed for juvenile offenders
  remanded to the Youth Correctional Facility or Cottage Homes
  Program, who can function in a non-secure environment and
  remain under the purview of the courts, but with close

  The Jumpstart Program is a treatment-oriented program,
  specifically designed for early integration of clients back to the
  families, schools and communities. Clients are selected for
  Jumpstart based on their progress in the Step Plan Program,
  social workers’ assessments of the home environment, and most
  importantly, the willingness of parents and clients to participate.

   Other Program / services:            School Shadowing,
    Afterschool Care Program, GED/ASVAB Prep,
    Computer Labs, Crisis Intervention, Outreach
    Counseling; Juvenile Mentoring, etc.

               SUPPORT SERVICES

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Support Services is
divided into three units: Administrative Services Unit (ASU),
Maintenance Section and the Culinary Unit. The Administrative
Services Unit oversees all budgetary and administrative duties,
which includes personnel, procurement and accounting. The
Maintenance Section is responsible for vehicle and building
maintenance and custodial services. The Culinary Unit provides
wholesome, nutritional and balanced meals for all clients at the
Youth Correctional Facility as well as the Cottage Homes Facility.
List of Services
Administrative Services Unit:
   Provides fiscal accountability of the budget to include federal
   Provide administrative functions for the department’s
      personnel, payroll, inventory and procurement of all supplies,
   Management of Auxiliary Fund;
Maintenance Section:
   Provides construction, repair and maintenance of DYA
      facilities, vehicles, buildings and grounds.
Culinary Unit:
Provides culinary services for the clients.

                      PREVENTION UNIT

    SCORE (School Children Outreach Empowerment)
This program is designed to inform elementary and middle school
students about the realities of institutional living in the Youth
Correctional Facility and Cottage Homes. The program sets out to
empower at-risk youth with the necessary knowledge to avoid
future problem behaviors or delinquency acts. The classroom
presentation is 45 minutes.

    Youth Crime Watch
The Youth Crime Watch program is designed to make Guam’s
youth aware that the vast majority of the various youth problems
are the direct result of the actions of a very small percentage of
youth. This organization helps to empower the youth to take a
stand and unite in this fight against youth violence and crime on
 Youth Year

 Sports and Physical Fitness

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