Recreation and leisure activities are an important part of adolescent success. Positive use of free time can reduce the risk of youth becoming or staying involved with the Criminal Justice System. A sense of belonging and positive connections with adults and peers with similar interests help build the resiliency and confidence needed for success.
It is our goal to offer opportunities that build on the strengths and interests of the youth and teach important life skills through participation. Our programs take place on campus and in the community and include sports, personal fitness and wellness, music, art, games, team building, making community connections and community service projects. With the guidance from supportive staff, volunteers and community members, youth become involved in enrichment activities that foster healthy relationships and build pro-social skills. The recreation programs help youth acquire a growth mindset and assist in developing a sense of self-efficacy, which are also important for success. We strive to have a lasting positive impact by creating hope within each youth and support them in seeing their worth and potential.
The facility underwent an initial American Correctional Association ( ACA ) audit in November 2005 scoring 99% and received Accreditation Status in May 2006. The facility has gone through three audits since then and has scored 100% each time. Our current accreditation goes until 2018. The facility also received the prestigious "Barbara Allen-Hagen award" in 2009. This award recognized the outstanding achievement in Performance Based Standards (PbS) efforts for a detention facility. LCYDC was also a finalist this same year for this same award for a commitment facility. Long Creek Youth Development Center continues to be a nationally renowned correctional facility in the country.
LCYDC continues to implement facility reviews of program needs, use of time-outs, use of seclusions, use of restraints as well as many other areas in order to continue to improve the over-all treatment to adjudicated youth, while at the same time maintaining compliance with ACA Standards.
Restorative practices are being utilized throughout the facility as a means of contributing to actively building a more peaceful, collaborative and effective environment adept at attending to misbehavior and crime in ways that consider the people affected and the relationships involved.