Currently over 2,000 young people aged 12-22 are detained in youth detention centers throughout the state of Georgia. The majority of these youth are from lower socioeconomic communities in Georgia, and struggle with having their physical and mental health needs addressed. Georgia ranks 47 out of 50 states when it comes to for access to mental health care, resources and insurance. Because these services are not easily accessible, the underlying challenges of trauma that lead to at risk behavior are not properly addressed. This has contributed to youth incarceration, self medication, the opioid crisis, and 50% of these youth returning to detention in less than 2 years.
Strengthen system involved youth and families through psychological and personal development services.
All youth have the resources needed to ensure they never face incarceration.
Through advocacy, case management, and social emotional learning services and programs, Showcase Group provides system-involved youth and their communities the psychological tools required to break the cycle of generational incarceration. As each client moves through Showcase Group’s community-centric behavioral health journey, they are connected to resources within four critical areas: education, employment, housing and mental health.
Received key philanthropic support via private and public partnerships expanding our reach and impact
Broke ground on a residential facility to support at-risk youth
Due to COVID-19, we transitioned our SWAG Bag Initiative to be fully digital and trained new Youth Advocate volunteers via Zoom
5 GA DJJ facilities 187 justice-involved youth completed SEI Workshop
DBHDD Curriculum Development for Certified Peer Specialist
Future Foundation (year 3 PRIES study)
Recipient of Arthur M Blank Family Foundation Grant
10 participant pilot SWAG Bag Advocacy (1 participant returned, 6 education, 2 employment, and 1 mental health, 0 residential connection)
334 youth completing SEI workshops
Future Foundation 18/40 participants qualify for advocacy (year 2 study)
Executive Director, John Kennebrew, was admitted to the Center for Civic Innovation Fellowship Program
391 Workshop participants in community after school programs and detention centers
Participated in Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle and won the Annie E, Casey Foundation’s Funder Pitch Competition
Three Year Goals
|Recidivism||Percentage||Rate of return to juvenile justice system within 24 months|
|Pathway Connections||Number||Resource providers in Education, Employment, Housing, and Mental Health|
|Social Emotional Intelligence||Qualitative assessment||Increase in SEI based on Showcase Group proprietary assessment and PANAS|