Youth Diversion Program
The Diversion Program is a community based program that uses a restorative justice model to hold youth accountable for their offenses in their home community. Youth in Diversion are typically first time offenders who were involved in violations like possession of alcohol or marijuana, and misdemeanors such as criminal mischief or theft.
The youth referred to Diversion meet with a Parrott Creek staff member then with a Community Accountability Panel instead of going in front of a judge in a formal court setting. Parrott Creek staff work in conjunction with the Panel to tailor consequences that develop skills and prevent further offenses.
How it helps
Diversion staff and panel volunteers from their community work closely with youth to provide them with the skills, support and education they need to control negative behaviors and keep them from making similar decisions. Staff connects youth and their families to opportunities and programs that encourage healthier activities and lifestyles that will ultimately help them make better choices for their future.
In 2014, 25% of the referrals to the Juvenile Department were referred to Diversion Panels. Those youth referred to a Panel reoffended only 8.7% compared to 26% statewide.
Who it serves
Parrott Creek collaborates with other public agencies in offering positive youth development programs such as the Diversion Program. The Parrott Creek Diversion Program currently serves 350 youth in seven (7) Clackamas County Cities, as well as all Hispanic youth in the county.
The cities served are: Canby, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn, and Wilsonville.
Who to contact
For more information about the Diversion Program, please contact Andrea Rohm, Diversion Program Manager, at email or 503-913-1636.