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Youth Care Program

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The Youth Care Program is a new initiative to help prevent young felony offenders from repeating the cycle of crime through early intervention. This program is part of St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch's Neighborhood Health and Safety Pillar for Progress.

The St. Petersburg Police Department will work with the City's new Community Impact and Safety Liaison Lisa Wheeler-Bowman to provide individualized support and resources to youth offenders of non-violent felonies and their families.

How it works:

  • When a teen is arrested for a crime such as auto theft, grand theft, or felony criminal mischief, their name will be provided to Wheeler-Bowman. She will reach out to the family to assess the situation at home, and what can be done to foster a stable and supportive environment.
  • Youthful offenders will be offered personalized care, counseling, and educational opportunities tailored to their needs.
  • In addition, their families will be offered wrap-around services such as family therapy, financial assistance, and community support.

The goal is to redirect at-risk youth early to reduce recidivism and promote positive pathways for development and success.

This is not another diversion program. The teens will still face charges and consequences in court. Participation in the Youth Care Program is voluntary.

Community Impact and Safety Liaison Lisa Wheeler-Bowman can be reached at 727-893-5974.

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