The DBH Eagle Program is an intensive, short-term intervention program for
adjudicated male-youth. The goal of the program is to assist young men and
their families in successfully returning the youth home, if possible, or securing
the most appropriate setting upon program completion. Residents of the program
progress through a four-level system (Freshman to Senior) by demonstrating
appropriate behavior, participating in therapy, and progressing through their
Care Pathway. The level system in the Eagle Program is designed to assist residents
in improving positive behavior, leadership skills, and responsibility.
The Level system is based on behavioral therapy and behavioral change. The
program is designed to provide positive reinforcement for responsible behavior
and natural consequences for negative behavior. Behavior management is primarily
provided through positive reinforcement, programmatic consequence, and peer
and staff confrontation and in severe cases, non-violent physical management.
Preparing for the next placement outside of the Eagle Program depends entirely
upon the youth. It is advised that youth recognize very early in their stay
with us that he will be leaving. Everything that is done should be geared
toward reaching that goal.
Over a 3-4 month period, we work with our program residents to help eliminate
risky behavior patterns, and help them to develop their positive leadership
skills. While in the Eagle Program, youth are encouraged to identify their
main struggles and work to build new ways of interacting with others. This
is accomplished through a positive leadership development model using educational,
social and cultural components together with traditional therapy to promote
leadership skills with the youth. This cutting edge leadership intervention
model will help transform youth that have traditionally been viewed as deficits
in their communities into positive assets in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.
Upon graduating from the Eagle Program, youth may be referred to the DBH
Male Leadership Academy (MLA) to continue their educational goals. From the
Male Leadership Academy, youth will continue making progress toward graduation
while residing at home.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with young men from
the community to help make positive changes in their lives. Our goal is to help
eliminate the risk factors that led them to this point and to help them learn
to utilize their strengths to become positive leaders in our community." -
Charles D. Small
Mandatory components at all levels are:
To monitor a young man's progress and plan for his discharge, it is appropriate to observe the way one lives/treats others, problem solves, demonstrates leadership, and supports one another. Your young man should note throughout his stay in the Eagle Program that there are rewards and consequences he will choose to earn by the choices he makes. This lesson applies in life outside placement
Family participation in treatment also.
Negative drug screens
We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with young men from the community to help make positive changes in their lives. Our goal is to help eliminate the risk factors that led them to this point and to help them learn to utilize their strengths to become positive leaders in our community.
Don Bosco Hall - Eagle Program
The trend within the County of Wayne has been to lessen the number of youth that
are going into Residential Treatment Programs. There are increasingly more programs
being designed and implemented to modify youth behavior while keeping youth within
their home environment. Youth are now and more frequently being placed onto tethers,
so that their whereabouts in terms of being in school or at home is traceable.
There are Wrap around Programs where social workers are involved and checking
in with the teens in both their home and school environments and there are more
teens involved in Day Treatment programs, such as Don Bosco Hall’s Male
Leadership Academy and Don Bosco Hall’s Eagle program. These programs provide
youth with concentrated support with their education and social behavior. Although,
we are finding that for some of these kids these new trends in programming are
doable and successful, there are still a significant population of youth who
are simply at a higher risk of entering into the juvenile justice system and
then the criminal justice system . In these cases Don Bosco Hall‘s Residential
Treatment Program is still the best and most viable solution for help and change.
Director of Juvenile Justice Programs and Services