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Waukesha County’s Diversion Program for Young Offenders.

2009 Annual Report
180º Juvenile Diversion offers a second chance for young offenders who are in or may enter the criminal justice system. The program helps young adults understand the consequences of their actions and gives them an opportunity to change their behavior by becoming constructive members of the community. By using research-based methods and by working with families and the wider community, the program provides our clients with healthy and positive examples. Strong families, safe lifestyles, and personal responsibility are the values we seek to instill.

Anthony Cotton (President) Attorney Kuchler & Cotton Law Paula Decker Juvenile Education Director Ethan Allen School Carolyn Hahn Events Manager Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce Marcia Jante Director Waukesha County UW Extension Sue Opper Assistant District Attorney Office of the District Attorney Andrea Will Assistant District Attorney Office of the District Attorney Peter Wolff Attorney Wolff & Sonderhouse LLP Charles Wood Captain Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit

A message from the Executive Director...
Dear Friends, 180° Juvenile Diversion’s pilot year has been extremely productive as we worked to build Waukesha County’s youth diversion program. Combining education, case management and community service to resolve areas of concern outside the justice system, our program helps rehabilitate first-time young offenders while suspending formal criminal justice proceedings. If clients successfully complete the program, their charges may be reduced or dropped, depending on arrangements with the Office of the District Attorney. Beginning in fall 2008, AmeriCorps VISTA members with Waukesha County UW Extension began researching effective methods for juvenile diversion. This included reviewing existing research as well as contacting the directors of programs across the United States in order to find best practices of diversion. With the help of UW Extension, our program was able to utilize resources at numerous levels — city, county, state and national. These resources allowed us to create a program and eventually form an incorporated non-profit organization. We officially began accepting clients in February 2009, with our first class session starting in April. After the pilot group wrapped up, we started our second session of participants in August, with our third beginning in early November. We continue to thoroughly evaluate our program to make improvements, when needed, as we move forward. One of the most important components of our program — and what makes it so unique — is that our curriculum and methods of diversion are 100 percent evidence-based. Everything about 180° Juvenile Diversion, from program length to the amount of volunteer hours participants must complete, is structured based on what has been proven to be effective in reducing recidivism among young adults. Looking back at 2009, we had many successes that we can build on in the upcoming year. I want to personally thank all of our volunteers, board members and community partners. Without everyone’s help, we could not have been as successful as we have been. Please take a look through this annual report to see the progress that we have made. - Brian Scarberry, Executive Director

“I never had a lot of people to trust in my life, but I know I can turn to the 180º staff and not be judged.” - Client testimonial 2 180° Juvenile Diversion

515 W. Moreland Boulevard Administration Center, G46 Waukesha, WI 53188 Tel. (262) 548-7780 Fax (262) 896-8124

at a glance...
Program Overview
Sometimes all it takes is a second chance to turn a life around…

“Knowing that I have a lot of support outside my family is the best, seeing as how I met friends and gained relationships from this program.” - Client testimonial

180° Juvenile Diversion not only gives youth an opportunity to have their charges reduced or dropped, but also builds positive support systems and behavioral changes that will last a lifetime. Through this program, young people are allowed to earn a second chance. The research-based program is built on a foundation of family and community involvement, proven methods of diversion programs from across the U.S. and a solid network of city, county, state and national partnerships. It is a holistic, nine-month process that includes the following components:
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72 hours of curriculum and life skills classes A minimum of 40 hours of community service Six months of case management Life skills training Drug testing Restorative justice initiatives

Providing valuable life skills…
The 24-session formal class focuses on effective communication, alcohol and drug education, building competencies and strengthening family relationships. In addition, community speakers assist participants with life skills such as:
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Paving the way to higher education Career development Nutrition & wellness

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Financial management & education Effects of drugs & alcohol Navigating the criminal justice system

Making the community a better place…
180° Juvenile Diversion gives youth the opportunity to engage in their community through service hours, providing a chance for them to make amends. Success of this program will result in fewer caseloads within the criminal justice system and the saving of taxpayer money. Because the program emphasizes education and career development and advises participants on how to avoid drugs and alcohol, youth are able to utilize their strengths to benefit the community at large.

Thank you to our volunteer teachers!
Elizabeth Amaya, Waukesha State Bank Juana Avila, UW Extension Steve Boldt, Wells Fargo Bank James Boling, UW Waukesha Steve Chmielewski, UW Extension Deb Deuster, Workforce Development Center Laura Dombrock, UW Extension Gabriel Gardener, AmeriCorps VISTA Nicole Grinnell, School District of Waukesha Wanda Harkins, Wells Fargo Bank Martha Hubert, UW Extension Renee Kemp, Workforce Development Center 3 180° Juvenile Diversion Det. Jim Kindt, Metro Drug Enforcement Unit Jack Koehler, Koehler & Co. Ray Lilley, CORE Strength Academy Maura McMahon, Public Defender’s Office Margaret Millspaw, UW Waukesha Tom Mueller, Workforce Development Center Debbie O’Brien, UW Extension Shannon Rokosik, Carroll University Brian Scarberry, 180° Executive Director Rebecca Scott, CORE Strength Academy Dr. Tricia Wessel-Blaski, UW Waukesha Anne Wondra, WonderSpirit Coaching

2009 Financial Report
Enrollment Fees Grants/Donations TOTAL REVENUE: $ 18,825 $ 14,175 $ 33,000

Grants & Donations
Community Development Block Grant Hon. Marianne E. Becker Fund Waukesha County Bar Association Wisconsin Law Foundation Golden K Kiwanis Club Early Risers Kiwanis Club TOTAL $ 8,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 2,000 $ 150 $ 25 $ 14,175 Thank you to our 2009 donors!

Operating/Personnel TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $ 35,776 $ 35,776

In-kind Contributions*
Executive Director UW Extension Personnel Student Intern—Carroll University Board of Directors Office Space—UW Extension Class Facilitators Classroom Space—UW Waukesha Guest Speakers Advisory Board TOTAL IN-KIND $ 33,000 $ 25,319 $ 7,884 $ 6,000 $ 5,782 $ 4,749 $ 5,232 $ 4,397 $ 836 $ 87,967

2009 Revenue

Local Grants

Participant Fees


*Wisconsin volunteer rate is $18.77/hour. Professional service volunteers calculated according to average wages per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Milwaukee Metro Area.

A special thanks to our community partners...
Addiction Resource Council AmeriCorps VISTA Carroll University CORE Strength Academy Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Department of Health & Human Services Drug Free Communities Coalition La Casa de Esperanza Mediation & Restorative Justice Center Office of the District Attorney Office of the 5 180° Juvenile Diversion State Public Defender School District of Waukesha SOPHIA
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UW Waukesha Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce Waukesha County Executive’s Office Waukesha County Juvenile Court Waukesha County Metro Drug Enforcement Unit Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Waukesha County UW Extension Waukesha Police Department Waukesha State Bank Wisconsin Community Services WonderSpirit Coaching Workforce Development Center

Working together...
180° Juvenile Diversion is proud to take an active role in improving the lives of young people across Waukesha County. We are grateful for the support we receive from our community partners.

Elizabeth Amaya Waukesha State Bank Dennis Angle Waukesha Police Department Sam Benedict State Public Defender’s Office D.J. Blum Workforce Development Center James Boling UW Waukesha Bill Deering Waukesha Co. Sheriff’s Department Dr. Tim Fiedler Carroll University Kelly Haag Wisconsin Juvenile Court Ray Lilley CORE Strength Academy Rebecca Luczaj Crim. Justice Collaborating Council Polina Makievsky La Casa de Esperanza Todd McDonell Dept. of Health & Human Services Maura McMahon State Public Defender’s Office Michael Nowak Waukesha South High School Claudia Roska Addiction Resource Council Brad Schimel District Attorney Jan Skell UW Extension Jennifer Thomas Hon. Patrick Haughney’s Office

Referrals into the program…
The Office of the District Attorney continues to be the top referral source for clients entering the program, with a significant number coming from private attorneys as well. In 2009, 180° received a total of 73 referrals from the following sources:

Office of the DA Private Attorneys Public Defenders Parents Health & Human Services Media

62% 26% 6% 4% 1% 1%

Referrals to local organizations...
180° Juvenile Diversion utilizes the resources provided by various community agencies, referring clients for services when necessary. Drug Testing: 180° partners with La Casa de Esperanza clinic and Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) in administering drug tests for clients. Tests are at random and vary depending on the needs of the participant. Treatment/Counseling: Some of our clients are in need of alcohol and other drug abuse treatment or other forms of counseling. As a result, staff made 11 referrals over the last year to organizations such as the Addiction Resource Council, Wisconsin Narcotics Anonymous, James Place and several others. Continuing Education: Program staff encouraged eight clients to enroll in continuing education, for those who were not already enrolled in school. This included two participants pursuing their GEDs and others taking classes at UW Waukesha, Carroll University, Waukesha County Technical College and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Restorative Justice: In some cases, the crimes committed by 180° Juvenile Diversion Coach Ray Lilley works with clients at clients have had a direct impact on people other CORE Strength Academy in Hartland. than themselves. When this is the case, program staff refer participants to the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center at WCS for victim-offender conferencing. Offenders are given the opportunity to meet with those they have harmed and make things right. In 2009, clients paid back a total of $546.52 in restitution for their crimes. Other Needs: Some clients expressed needs for advisement in other areas, so 180° staff made additional referrals for resources such as budgeting, financial aid, food assistance, mental health, emergency housing and employment assistance.

Advisory Board members serve as professional advisors to the content of 180° Juvenile Diversion. We would like to thank all of the people who helped get the program off and running in 2009!

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Program Impact
“I honestly think that the 180 program really helped me wake up to the fact that a drug habit would not get me anywhere.” - Client testimonial

Learning life skills...
180° Juvenile Diversion relies heavily on guest speakers, who share their expertise with participants. Over the last year, clients learned: • How to apply for and succeed in college from staff at UW Waukesha • Financial management, investment and budgeting advice from Waukesha State Bank and Wells Fargo • Information on drugs and legal consequences from the Waukesha Co. Metro Drug Enforcement Unit • Career development and resume building from the Workforce Development Center and Koehler & Co., a recruitment firm • Stretching physical and mental limits at CORE Strength Academy • Navigating the court system from the Office of the Public Defender • Nutrition and wellness from UW Extension nutrition educators • Life skills and setting goals from WonderSpirit Coaching Our evaluations have found that youth have responded to these life skills speakers very positively, viewing them as insightful and valuable resources.

Immediate results…
Out of 73 referrals, 41 participants have been accepted into 180° Juvenile Diversion to date*. Thirty-six of those have either successfully completed the program or are slated to do so. This translates into an 88% success rate. One of the program’s expectations is for parents to be involved. In 2009, 36 parents from 27 families actively participated in the program’s class portion. Overall, 66% of clients had one or more of their parents attend class. Through their community service efforts, program clients contributed 391 volunteer hours in 2009. *180° Juvenile Diversion is a voluntary program, so not all referrals result in entry to the program.

Evaluation reports…
180° Juvenile Diversion has implemented a rigorous evaluation process based on feedback from program participants. Some of the highlights from these evaluations included: 90% of parents reported that their families have seen an increased ability to listen to each others’ thoughts and feelings since starting the class. • 86% of participants said they felt more support from people outside their families than they did prior to beginning the program. • 80% of clients reported learning more about alcoholism and chemical dependency. • Over 70% said that the program helped them build relationships with their families.

Looking ahead…
Although overall the past year has been extremely positive, there are still some things that we would like to build on. Toward the top of our list of priorities is developing a mentorship program, with the help of AmeriCorps VISTA members at UW Extension. 180° Juvenile Diversion continues to need your support. If you would like to serve as a volunteer facilitator, speaker or make a donation, please contact program staff.

Program Staff:
Brian Scarberry, Executive Director (Volunteer) Stephanie Sutton, Case Manager Steve Bailey, AmeriCorps VISTA Laurie Donnell, AmeriCorps VISTA

Sometimes all it takes is a second chance to turn a life around.

To contact staff, call (262) 548-7780.

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