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St. Joseph Youth Alliance
5223 Mitchell Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64507
(816) 232-0050

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Crisis Prevention

Core Result: Children & Families Safe and Healthy

Crisis Prevention: Linking Individuals and Families to Resources and Essential Services
Considered by Youth Alliance to be among its most vital services, Crisis Prevention links families, individuals, and children with the tools and services needed to promote healthy and non-violent homes.

Family Connections is the Alliance’s home visitation program that serves families of children under the age of three having incomes under 185% of the poverty level and residing in Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, or DeKalb counties. Using the Parents as Teachers Foundational curriculum, home visitors strive to increase the following outcomes:

• school readiness;
• child well-being, including physical, behavioral, emotional and social development;
• age appropriate immunizations;
• child safety;
• positive brain development;
• skilled parents;
• prevention of child abuse and neglect; and
• positive parent-child interaction

 
JUMP (Journey to Unite Mentors and Parents) mirrors the Family Connections program but caters to the teen parent population. JUMP is contracted out to the YWCA and is offered through a partnership between the YWCA, Mosaic Life Care, and the Youth Alliance. In addition to the home visitation services, JUMP also has a mentoring component that is explained in more detail under the Youth Mentoring key.

 
Circle of Parents is a parent-led support group that was originally created to serve as a long-term follow-up for those who have exited from the home visitation program, but the audience has been expanded to include any interested parent in the service area. Circle of Parents groups offer a supportive environment where parents can share with one another the ups and downs that make parenting both a joy and a challenge. A children’s program is offered concurrently to make parental attendance at the month group meeting more possible.

 
Parent Café is a parent support group with a new twist. Parent cafés will be open to parents of young or school-aged children. Youth Alliance will implement six Parent Cafés over the course of the next year. The purpose of these Parent Cafés is to introduce, promote, and build the Protective Factors through (1) non-traditional peer-to-peer learning process and (2) through deep individual self-reflection. Youth Alliance is dedicated to ensuring fidelity when implementing the Parent Café` model.